Veteran backup goalie Anders Nilsson is drifting away from professional hockey due to post-concussion symptoms and neck problems.
Nilsson announced his retirement Sunday on Instagram.
The 31-year-old from Lulea, Sweden last played in the NHL with the Ottawa Senators during the 2019-20 season. He was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning on December 1. February 27, 2020, but he never dressed for the club and became an unrestricted free agent this summer.
“My post-concussion symptoms and neck problems make it impossible for me to continue as a professional goalkeeper,” he wrote in the social media post. a kid to play in the NHL and represent my native Sweden on the world stage.
“I would like to thank everyone who has helped me along the way and supported me through the ups and downs of my career. Also, a big thank you to the New York Islanders, Edmonton Oilers, St. Louis Blues, Buffalo Sabers, Vancouver Canucks and the Ottawa Senators organizations who gave me the opportunity to wear their jersey, as well as Ak Bars Kazan. I will always keep the memories of playing for those teams with me. Special thanks to my hometown team, Lulea Hockey, who supported me since that he was a child even a professional “.
Nilsson was a third-round pick for the Islanders in 2009. The backup goalkeeper played seven seasons in the NHL with the Islanders, Oilers, Blues, Sabers, Canucks and Senators with a career record of 59-74-15. He also supported Sweden for the gold medal at the 2018 IIHF world championships.