After recommendations from doctors, Derek Dorsett will not return to the Canucks’ active roster and it seems certain that his playing career has come to a close.
The 30 year old from Kindersley underwent cervical disc herniation surgery in December of 2016. He was medically cleared to start the 2017-18 NHL season, but stiffness in the neck and back has persisted.
In a statement from the Canucks, Dorsett addressed the diagnosis:
“I’m devastated by the news. It will take a long time for this to truly sink in. As hard as it was to hear, Dr. Watkins’ diagnosis is definitive. There is no grey area, and it gives me clarity to move forward. I have a healthy young family and a long life of opportunities ahead of me. Hockey taught me a lot and it will help me be successful in whatever I choose to do in the future.
“I still have so many thoughts to share and people to thank for all of their support,” continued Dorsett. “What I can say for certain right now is that I left it all out on the ice. I gave my heart and soul to the teams I played for and never backed down from a challenge, including this one. I am proud of the way I played. It made me successful and a good teammate. Most of all I am truly honoured and grateful to have lived the NHL dream.”
In 20 games this season, Dorsett has seven goals and two assists. He had played since a November 18 game with the St. Louis Blues
Originally taken in the seventh round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft from the WHL’s Medicine Hat Tigers by the Columbus Blue Jackets, Dorsett has appeared in 515 NHL games over 10 seasons with the Blue Jackets, New York Rangers and Canucks.