Los Angeles Kings' Adam Deadmarsh scores an overtime goal to beat the Detroit Red Wings in this file photo. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Adam Deadmarsh announced his retirement from the NHL on Thursday. The 10-year veteran had suffered two serious concussions since 2000, and did not want to risk a third.

"I've been living on hope the last three years," Deadmarsh, 30, told the Denver Post. "But my body is telling me it's not going to happen."

Deadmarsh is an unrestricted free agent with the Los Angeles Kings, where he was traded for Rob Blake in 2001. He has not filed retirement papers but says he will soon.

His first concussion came in November of 2000 after a fight with Vancouver's Ed Jovanovski. Two years later, a more serious concussion came when he was accidentally hit by a teammate's knee.

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  • The former first-round draft pick of the Quebec Nordiques had 184 goals and 373 assists during his NHL career.