Another sad end of a career was announced today due to concussions. Andy McDonald has called it quits.
From Dec. 2010 to Feb. 2012, the St. Louis Blues forward missed 74 games due to two concussions. And now after eleven NHL seasons, McD decided it was time to just call it quits at the age of 35. McDonald went undrafted and was signed as a free agent by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in 2000.McDonald represented Team Canada at the 2002 World Championships in Sweden, where he led the team in goals and points. Concussion problems plagued his first three seasons with the Ducks, and he was forced to sit and watch when the team made a run at the Stanley Cup in 2003.
On June 4, 2007, during game four of the Stanley Cup finals against the Ottawa Senators, McDonald contributed on all 3 of the Ducks goals, scoring two goals and an assist, en route to a 3–2 victory. He finished with five goals in the series as the Ducks won the Stanley Cup in five games.On December 14, 2007, in order for the Anaheim Ducks to free up salary cap space for Scott Niedermayer, McDonald was traded to the St. Louis Blues for Doug Weight. His time with the Blues was marred by injuries, including multiple concussions. He was set to become an unrestricted free agent after finishing a 4-year, $18.8-million contract with the squad this season.
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