Today the NHL, and the St. Louis Blues learned that Andy McDonald has chosen to retire due to health concerns. The soon to be free agent has chosen to walk away; citing issues with concussions. McDonald is said to be suffering from Post-Concussion Syndrome*. It has been reported that McDonald has suffered no fewer then 5 concussions during his NHL. career.
“Retirement began creeping into McDonald’s head during the regular season but it wasn’t until after the Blues were eliminated by the Los Angeles Kings did he become 100% sure. He spent the last several weeks with his family and is confident now is the right time to move on with his life. (truehockey.com)”
McDonald started his career playing for the Anaheim Ducks, he was traded to St. Louis in 2007. He was traded for Doug Weight , Michal Birner and a 7th round pick. McDonald’s final career numbers are. Games Played: 685, Goals: 182, Assists: 301, Points: 489
* Commonly reported symptoms of Post Concussion Syndrome
- Sleep problems
- Psychological symptoms such as depressed mood, irritability, anxiety
- Cognitive problems involving memory, concentration, thinking
Such symptoms can affect day-to-day life, and inhibit the ability to perform in situations like work. Since symptoms can be vague and attributable to other reasons, it can be difficult to establish a diagnosis.