This SUCKS. Dorse was a pure beauty.
Vancouver Canucks forward Derek Dorsett says he is devastated after deciding to follow medical advice and end his hockey career due to spinal problems.
Doctors have recommended he not return to the ice because of “long-term, significant health risks” associated with a cervical disc herniation, the Canucks said Thursday.
“It will take a long time for this to truly sink in,” Dorsett said in a release. “As hard as it was to hear, (the) diagnosis is definitive. There is no grey area, and it gives me clarity to move forward.”
Dorsett was shut down 14 games into the 2016-17 season when the numbness he often felt after delivering or receiving a hit became progressively worse.
The 30-year-old from Kindersley, Sask., underwent spinal surgery a year ago and was cleared to play this season. But he recently began experiencing back and neck stiffness.