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A former second overall draft pick announces his retirement due to recurring concussions

Published December 20, 2023 at 11:28
BY CHRIST

Forward Nolan Patrick, who was the second overall pick in 2017, has declared his retirement from the NHL at 25 years old. He hasn't participated in any games since the 2021-22 season, during which he played in just 25 games for the Vegas Golden Knights.


Nolan Patrick has been contending with a migraine condition resulting from numerous concussions sustained during his hockey career.

The Power Play, a hockey coaching and guidance initiative established by former first-round draft pick Jayce Hawryluk, posted on Instagram introducing their 'team' on Tuesday. Among its members is the former prominent prospect of the Flyers, Nolan Patrick, holding positions titled as "Skills Specialist," "Video Coach," and "Mentor." Furthermore, Patrick is described as a "Retired professional with extensive NHL expertise." These indications strongly suggest that the Flyers' former second overall draft pick has indeed retired from the NHL.


During this past summer's free agency period, the Golden Knights opted not to extend an offer to Patrick, allowing him the freedom to sign with any team.

Patrick concludes his career after participating in 222 NHL games with the Flyers and Golden Knights, amassing 32 goals and 77 points.
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