Health problems are forcing Kindersley’s Derek Dorsett to hang up his skates.
The National Hockey League’s Vancouver Canucks announced last week that due to the health risks associated with playing, the 30-year-old must retire.
Dorsett has played 515 NHL games through 10 seasons (with 51 goals and 76 assists for 127 points) with Columbus, New York Rangers and Vancouver. And he was off to a great start this season, having scored seven goals and chipping in two assists in his first 20 games.
Canucks head team physician Dr. Bill Regan and director of rehabilitation Dr. Rick Celebrini were working on a treatment and rehab regimen to address an ongoing condition. In December 2016, they made the decision to perform cervical disc herniation surgery.For more on this story, please see the Dec. 6 print edition of The Clarion.