As many of you have heard, St. Louis Blues forward, Andy McDonald has announced his retirement today due to a career of on going concussion concerns.
The native of Strathroy, Ontario was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks after playing four years at Colgate College after going undrafted. McDonald played in 137 games with Colgate College, posting 155 points (67 goals, 88 assists).
After signing with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, McDonald showed some incredible vision and playmaking ability and proved his worth as an offensive NHL forward. Playing in 391 games with the Mighty Ducks/Ducks club. He posted 259 points (92 goals, 167 assists) in the seven seasons playing in Anaheim.
He was a key part in the Ducks winning the Stanley Cup back in the 2006-07 season by posting 10 goals, four assists in the post-season. It was the first and only time McDonald won a cup in the NHL.
During the 2007-08 season, he was traded to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for forward Doug Weight, prospect Michal Birner, and a draft pick. Many questioned the deal for the Ducks as Doug Weight was closing his career while McDonald was still in his prime. Weight finished the year for the Ducks posting 14 points (6 goals, 8 assists) while McDonald flourished in a Blues jersey posting 36 points (14 goals, 22 assists) in 49 games.
McDonald would then go on to have concussion issues in four of the six seasons with the Blues.
Playing in 294 games in a Bluenote, McDonald recorded 230 points (90 goals, 140 assists). Offensively, McDonald was the Blues biggest threat. However he missed a lot of time due to concussions. Andy McDonald finishes his career playing in 685 games between Anaheim and St. Louis, posting 182 goals, 307 assists for 489 points. After playing in 56 playoff games, McDonald posted 18 goals, 19 assists, for 37 points.
McDonald spoke with Andy Strickland from TrueHockey.com and told him, “I’m fortunate to get out now. I know I could play two or three more years and I love the game of hockey, but healthwise I know I shouldn’t be playing.”
You know retirement had to be a very difficult decision, knowing he could play another few seasons but also knowing that it’s best for him to hang up the skates.
McDonald is the second Blues forward to hang up the skates in just as many days. Yesterday, Scott Nichol made the decision retire from the game and join the Nashville Predators in their front office.
All we can say now is, congratulations to both Andy McDonald and Scott Nichol on their careers and here is to having success in their future endeavors.