Concussions force Alaska-Anchorage’s Pickering to hang up the skates

Alaska-Anchorage announced Tuesday that junior forward Andrew Pickering has retired from hockey due to health concerns.

“Andrew has sustained two concussions in the last two months and has decided to concentrate on his health and studies,” said UAA coach Dave Shyiak in a statement. “It is unfortunate for Andrew and the Seawolf program as he has worked hard in the classroom and to get his body ready for this season.

“We will continue to assist him in any way possible as he moves forward.”

A WCHA All-Academic Team and WCHA Scholar-Athlete Team member a year ago, Pickering played in nine games during 2010-11 and six last season. He had not played at all this year.