Dallas Stars defenseman, Stephen Johns announces retirement due to post-concussion syndrome

Dallas Stars defenseman Stephen Johns is retiring from the NHL, citing his struggles with post-concussion syndrome.

Johns hasn’t played since appearing in the opener of the 2020 Western Conference quarterfinals against the Calgary Flames, which he left with an unspecified injury.

Stephen Johns retires

The 29-year-old appeared in 167 career NHL games, all with Dallas, across parts of four seasons. He finishes with 33 career points (15 goals, 18 assists) and 93 penalty minutes.

Johns spent 22 months away from hockey because of post-concussion syndrome before returning for 17 games in 2020.

“I’m writing this post because I’m tired of letting depression destroy my life,” Johns said in a social media post. “The realization that my career has come to an end has really [expletive] with my identity… What I’ll miss most about the game of hockey is providing inspiration. So, I’ve decided to rollerblade and road-trip across the country to hopefully help others facing their own battles.”

Dallas Morning News

In announcing his decision, Johns said he’ll turn his efforts toward helping others struggling with mental health by rollerblading across the country.

“For me, I watched one video and it changed my life and made me want to do this crazy thing,” said Johns. “If I can still inspire one person to climb out of their hole, then that’s a successful trip and exactly what I’m aiming for.”

–Field Level Media