The career of former National Hockey League forward Ben Sexton has come to an end far too soon and it comes as the result of an injury that has derailed so many careers in the NHL, concussions.
On Saturday Sexton announced that he was calling quits in the middle of the season shutdown, stating that he now had concerns about his long term health and the risks associated with continuing to play after suffering a number of head injuries throughout his career. Sexton released a statement and here it is unedited and in full:
"It's with a heavy heart that I'm announcing my retirement from playing professional hockey. After missing the 2019 - 2020 season due to a concussion, and having a prior history of the injury, for my long term health and growing family it is in our best interest for me to step away from the game. I'd like to thank my family, friends, teammates, coaches and organizations I played for, for helping me pursue my dream of playing in the NHL. I look forward to starting this next chapter in my life and giving back to the game I dearly love and has given me so much."
Sexton spent the majority of his playing career struggling in the American Hockey League and spent time with the Boston Bruins organization, Ottawa Senators Organization, and was with the Pittsburgh Penguins organization for the final 2 years of his professional career. It was during his time with the Senators that he finally managed to crack an NHL roster, however his stint was very short lived and he would quickly return to battling in the American Hockey League.
Several NHL players and personalities wished Sexton well following his difficult announcement today including Boston Bruins forward Torey Krug:
"Best of luck bud!"
And Gerry Dee, Sports Reporter:
"Hey Benny, see if the Jets can hire you to do something with them. That would be really cool. Best of luck in whatever you do and congrats on your pro career."
We wish Sexton all the best moving forward and we hope he finds success in whatever he does next. Based on the tone of his retirement message today it sounds like he intends to stick around the sport of hockey so we may be seeing him again sooner rather than later.