Nilsson announces retirement after seven seasons in the NHL
Anders Nilsson announced his retirement after seven seasons in the NHL on Sunday.
The 31-year-old goalkeeper had not played since December 16, 2019 due to a concussion.
« My post-concussion symptoms and neck problems mean that I cannot continue as a professional sitter, » wrote Nilsson on his Instagram account.
“Obviously that’s not how I wanted to end my career, but I managed to fulfill my childhood dream by playing in the NHL and representing my country, Sweden, on the international stage. I would like to thank everyone who helped me along the way and supported me through the ups and downs of my career. «
The 2009 third-round pick (62nd) of the New York Islanders was 59-74-15 with a 3.06 goals-against average, .907 save percentage and six shutouts in 161 games. with the Islanders, Edmonton Oilers, St. Louis Blues, Buffalo Sabers, Vancouver Canucks and Ottawa Senators.
“Also, a huge thank you to the organizations of the New York Islanders, Edmonton Oilers, St. Louis Blues, Buffalo Sabers, Vancouver Canucks and Ottawa Senators for giving me the chance. to put on their uniforms, just like the Ak Bars Kazan (in the Continental Hockey League), Nilsson wrote. I will always keep in mind the memories of my times with these teams. A special thank you to the Lulea Hockey team from my hometown who supported me from my beginnings until I was at the professional level. »
Nilsson helped Sweden win the 2018 FIHG World Championship by signing three shutouts and maintaining an average of 1.09 and a save rate of .954.