Last December, Derek Dorsett heard the worst news a professional athlete could hear.
After undergoing cervical fusion surgery, Dorsett’s career was suddenly in doubt. There was no timeframe for his return, but he was medically cleared and was able to begin the 2017-18 season with the Vancouver Canucks.
After playing in 20 games, however, Dorsett was sent home from a road trip early when symptoms of neck and back stiffness presented. After an evaluation from specialists, Dorsett was urged by doctors to consider not playing again.
On Thursday, Canucks general manager Jim Benning announced that Dorsett will be removed from the team’s active roster. In a personal statement, Dorsett hinted at retirement.