The most uplifting story of the Canucks season has turned into one of its most upsetting. 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.

This is devastating news for Dorsett, whose return from spinal surgery to become a key contributor to the Canucks was one of the best stories of the season. This was the worst case scenario when he returned to Vancouver from the Canucks’ road trip with symptoms of neck and back stiffness.

Dr. Robert Watkins, who performed Dorsett’s cervical fusion surgery, diagnosed Dorsett’s symptoms: “The latest evaluation of Derek's neck revealed that he's sustained a cervical disc herniation adjacent and separate to his previous fusion. Given his current condition and the long-term, significant health risks, I advised Derek not to return to play."