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Rick Nash
Rick Nash 2013 Rangers.jpg
Born June 16 1984 (1984-06-16) (age 33),
Brampton, Ontario, Canada
Height
Weight
6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
219 lb (99 kg; 15 st 9 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
F. teams
New York Rangers
Columbus Blue Jackets
HC Davos
Ntl. team Flag of Canada Canada
NHL Draft 1st overall, 2002
Columbus Blue Jackets
Playing career 2002–present

Richard McLaren Nash (born June 16, 1984) is a Canadian professional ice hockey left winger currently an alternate captain for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Drafted out of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) by the Columbus Blue Jackets first overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, Nash played with the London Knights for two seasons, earning the Emms Family Award in 2001 as the League's Rookie of the Year. He began his NHL career with the Blue Jackets the season immediately following his draft, in 2002–03, and was nominated for the Calder Trophy as NHL Rookie of the Year. In his second NHL season, Nash scored 41 goals to tie with Jarome Iginla and Ilya Kovalchuk for the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy as the NHL goal-scoring champion. Nash is also a five-time NHL All-Star and has been awarded the NHL Foundation Player Award in the 2008–09 for his work in the community.

Internationally, Nash has represented Team Canada, with whom he has won one gold and two silver medals at the World Championships, and two gold medals at the Winter Olympics in 2010 and 2014. Additionally, he has represented Canada at the 2002 World Junior Championships, helping the team to a silver medal, and also competed for Canada in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.

BackgroundEdit

Nash was raised in Brampton, Ontario, where he attended Brampton Centennial Secondary School. He played minor hockey in the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL), where he caught the attention of OHL scouts in 1999.

Playing careerEdit

A London Knight for two seasons in the OHL, Rick Nash began his major junior career with 66 points in his first year, receiving the Emms Family Award as the League's top rookie. The following season, he amassed 72 points in 54 games and was subsequently selected first overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Columbus Blue Jackets (2002–2012)Edit

Joining the Blue Jackets immediately after his draft year in 2002–03, Nash debuted on October 10, 2002, and scored a goal in a 2–1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. He was the eighth number one overall pick to score a goal in their first game and the first to do so in his draft year since Mario Lemieux in 1984.[1] That season, Nash was nominated for the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie, but lost to defenseman Barret Jackman of the St. Louis Blues. He would, however, join Jackman on the NHL All-Rookie Team.

In Nash's sophomore campaign, he improved his rookie goal total from 17 to 41, a career-high that tied Jarome Iginla and Ilya Kovalchuk for the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy for most goals in the League. At 19 years of age, Nash was the youngest player in history to lead the League in goals.[1] Recording 16 assists, Nash finished the year with 57 points.

During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Nash played for HC Davos of the Swiss Nationalliga A (NLA). He scored 26 goals and 46 points in 44 games and added 11 more points (nine goals and two assists) in 15 games in the NLA playoffs. Joined by fellow NHL-er Joe Thornton, Davos went on to win the Swiss Championship, as well as the 2004 Spengler Cup.

Rick Nash

Nash with the Columbus Blue Jackets during the 2006–07 season

With the NHL set to resume play in 2005–06, the Blue Jackets re-signed Nash to a five-year, $27 million contract. The deal saw his annual salary increase each year, with $3.5 million the first season and $7 million in the last season of the contract for a $5.4 million average salary.[2] Knee and ankle injuries, however, sidelined Nash for much of the first half of the season. Missing 28 games total, Nash was still named to Team Canada for the 2006 Olympics, shortly after being activated from the injured reserve. Upon returning from a disappointing seventh-place finish in Turin, Nash completed the season at a point-per-game pace with 54 points in 54 games.

In 2006–07, Nash matched his sophomore points total with 57, and was named to the Western Conference All-Star Team for the second time in his career. He was Columbus' lone representative both times. Nash scored the game-winning goal in the West win.

The following season, on January 17, 2008, Nash scored what many commentators called the "goal of the year"[3] in the final minute versus the Phoenix Coyotes. Breaking a tied score, Nash deked around two defenders and the goaltender to score the eventual game-winner. Later, at the end of the season, the goal was nominated for an ESPY Award in the category of Best Play.[4] Selected to his third All-Star Game in 2008 that season, Nash scored the quickest goal in All-Star Game history, just 12 seconds in and ended the game with a hat-trick.[5]

Completing the season with 38 goals and 69 points, Nash nearly matched his personal best goals total and set a career high for points and assists. Shortly before the end of the season, on March 12, 2008, Nash was also named the fifth captain in Blue Jackets history, replacing the recently traded Adam Foote.[6]

In the off-season, in May 2008, Nash was named the cover athlete and spokesman for the NHL 2K9 video game.[7]

Going into the 2008–09 campaign, the Blue Jackets had gone without a playoff appearance in franchise history. Led by the newly appointed captain Nash and bolstered by rookie goaltender Steve Mason, the Blue Jackets finished the season as the seventh seed in the Western Conference to earn a post-season berth against division-rival the Detroit Red Wings. The series was preceded by an 8–2 rout over the Red Wings on March 7, 2009, a game in which Nash scored three unassisted goals.[8] According to the Columbus Dispatch, citing the Elias Sports Bureau, the last player to score three goals unassisted was Maurice Richard (who scored four) against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on March 14, 1948. Despite the convincing victory late in the season, the Blue Jackets were swept by the Red Wings in four games.

In addition to leading the Blue Jackets to the playoffs, Nash had a career season with 79 points, in addition to scoring 40 goals for the first time since 2003–04. In the off-season, on July 3, 2009, Nash signed an eight-year contract extension with the Blue Jackets worth $62.4 million set to take effect in 2010–11.[9]

As the 2011–12 season began to unfold, Columbus recorded a dismal 2–12–1 record, the worst start to an NHL season by any team in 19 years.[10] With the team struggling, rumors began circulating that the Blue Jackets were contemplating trading Nash as a solution to their on-ice woes. While Blue Jackets General Manager Scott Howson stated publicly that he had had no discussions regarding a Nash deal, other teams had indeed inquired about his availability.[11] When asked about it, Nash stated that if the franchise felt it could improve itself by dealing him, he would be willing to waive his no-trade clause in order to get the deal done.[12] Though Howson had previously maintained that he had no intention of trading Nash, two weeks before the trade deadline, he stated in the press that the team was open to all options and they were willing to listen to trade proposals for Nash, despite not actively shopping him. Speculation was that in return for Nash the Blue Jackets would ask for a top six forward, a top prospect and a first-round draft pick.[13][14]

Trade speculation continued on into the summer with no deal imminent. While Howson claimed he merely wanted to receive "market value" in any deal for Nash, there was speculation that his asking price was too high for many rival NHL GMs to consider.[15] Columbus eventually found a trade partner in the New York Rangers. Nash, along with Steven Delisle and a conditional third-round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, were traded to the Rangers for Artem Anisimov, Brandon Dubinsky, Tim Erixon and a 2013 first-round draft pick.[16]

New York Rangers (2012–present)Edit

Nash signed a contract to play with HC Davos again during the 2012–13 NHL lockout.[17] In late September 2012, while playing for Davos, Nash injured his shoulder and left the game.

Nash had a successful first regular season with the Rangers, scoring 21 goals and 21 assists for 42 points in 44 games played in the lockout-shortened 2012–13 season. However, in the playoffs, Nash underwhelmed with only one goal and four assists in 12 playoff games.[18]

Nash opened the 2013–14 season well, with three assists in two games. But on October 8, 2013, in a game against the San Jose Sharks, Nash suffered a concussion from a hit by Brad Stuart, which forced him to miss 17 games.[19] On November 21, Nash scored his first goal of the season in a 3–2 win against the Dallas Stars.[20] He would finish the season with a solid goal total of 26 in 65 games, but with only 13 assists, his 39 points tied a career low. Nash struggled mightily in the playoffs for the second straight year, scoring only three goals in 25 playoff games. Despite his low offensive production, however, he was solid defensively throughout, and the Rangers reached the Stanley Cup Finals, ultimately losing in five games to the Los Angeles Kings in a series in which all the games were close decisions.

Rick Nash had a superstar season in 2014-15 scoring 42 goals (third in the NHL behind Steven Stamkos with 43 and Alexander Ovechkin with 53) and 27 assists. Nash's production also improved during the 2015 playoffs, as he scored 5 goals and 9 assists (14 points) in 19 games as the Rangers fell to the Tampa Bay Lightning in a hard-fought 7-game Eastern Conference Finals series.

Nash's performance declined at the start of the 2015-16 season as he struggled to recapture his scoring pace from the previous season. This was further exacerbated by muscle spasms that caused Nash to miss 22 games. Despite being involved in trade rumors, few teams seemed to be interested in Rick Nash and his $7.9 million cap hit. Nash scored a career-low 15 goals, going with 21 assists for a career-low 36 points. He then recorded two goals and two assists in New York's five-game opening round loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs.

On October 11, 2016 Nash was named an alternate captain for the New York Rangers, joining Dan Girardi, Marc Staal and Derek Stepan along with Captain Ryan McDonagh.

On November 8, 2016, Nash scored his 400th goal in a 5–3 loss against the Vancouver Canucks.[21]

Nash again missed several games during the 2016-17 season, this time with a nagging groin injury. He still managed to score 23 goals and 15 assists for 38 points, in 67 games.

Nash's production continued to improve during the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs. He recorded two goals and one assist in the Rangers six-game opening-round victory over the Montreal Canadiens.

International playEdit

Medal record
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Rick Nash (#61, far left) lines up with Team Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Competitor for Flag of Canada Canada
Men's ice hockey
Olympic Winter Games
Gold 2010 Vancouver
Gold 2014 Sochi
World Championships
Gold 2007 Russia
Silver 2005 Austria
Silver 2008 Canada
World Junior Championships
Silver 2002 Czech Republic

In Nash's second junior season, he was chosen to play for Team Canada's junior squad in the 2002 World Junior Championships, scoring three points in a silver medal effort.[22]

Nash would make his senior international debut for Team Canada at the 2005 World Championship, leading the tournament in goals while earning his second silver medal.

In 2006, shortly after returning from an injury, he was selected to play on Team Canada's Olympic team, but managed just one point in a disappointing seventh-place finish.

The following year, Nash captured his first gold medal with Team Canada at the 2007 World Championship in a 4–2 victory over Finland in Moscow. Scoring two goals in the gold medal game against Finland and 11 points total, Nash was named to the tournament All-Star Team and earned MVP honours.

Nash appeared in his third World Championship in 2008, but failed to repeat as gold medal champion with Canada, earning silver. In the championship game against Russia, Nash attempted to clear the puck in overtime, but accidentally shot it over the glass, resulting a delay of game penalty. On the powerplay, Russia capitalized, defeating Canada 5–4. Despite his misplay, Nash was named to the tournament All-Star Team for the second consecutive year, finishing with 13 points.

On December 30, 2009, Nash was selected to play for Team Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.[23] After starting the tournament on Sidney Crosby's wing, he was switched to a line with Mike Richards and Jonathan Toews, who was named Best Forward. Nash earned his first Olympic medal in the tournament as Team Canada went on to win gold.

Nash was named captain of Team Canada for the 2011 IIHF World Championship. Canada finished fifth in the tournament.

Rick Nash won his second gold medal with Team Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1999–00 Toronto Marlboros GTHL 34 61 54 115 34
2000–01 London Knights OHL 58 31 35 66 56 4 3 3 6 8
2001–02 London Knights OHL 54 32 40 72 88 12 10 9 19 21
2002–03 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 74 17 22 39 78
2003–04 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 80 41 16 57 87
2004–05 HC Davos NLA 44 26 20 46 83 15 9 2 11 26
2005–06 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 54 31 23 54 51
2006–07 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 75 27 30 57 73
2007–08 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 80 38 31 69 95
2008–09 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 78 40 39 79 52 4 1 2 3 2
2009–10 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 76 33 34 67 58
2010–11 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 75 32 34 66 34
2011–12 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 82 30 29 59 40
2012–13 HC Davos NLA 17 12 6 18 8
2012–13 New York Rangers NHL 44 21 21 42 26 12 1 4 5 0
2013–14 New York Rangers NHL 65 26 13 39 36 25 3 7 10 8
2014–15 New York Rangers NHL 79 42 27 69 36 19 5 9 14 4
2015–16 New York Rangers NHL 60 15 21 36 30 5 2 2 4 4
2016–17 New York Rangers NHL 67 23 15 38 26 12 3 2 5 4
NHL totals 989 416 355 771 722 77 15 26 41 22

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2002 Canada WJC Silver medal icon 7 1 2 3 2
2005 Canada WC Silver medal icon 9 9 6 15 8
2006 Canada Oly 7th 6 0 1 1 10
2007 Canada WC Gold medal icon 9 6 5 11 4
2008 Canada WC Silver medal icon 9 6 7 13 6
2010 Canada Oly Gold medal icon 7 2 3 5 0
2011 Canada WC 5th 7 2 3 5 2
2014 Canada Oly Gold medal icon 6 0 1 1 2
Junior totals 7 1 2 3 2
Senior totals 60 26 28 54 34

AwardsEdit

OHL

CHL

  • CHL All-Rookie Team – 2001

NHL

NLA

  • Best Swiss League forward – 2004–05

International

Other

  • Best Play ESPY Award nomination – 2008

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Columbus Blue Jackets – BLUE JACKETS RE-SIGN ALL-STAR RICK NASH TO FIVE-YEAR CONTRACT Columbus Blue Jackets
  2. "Blue Jackets lock up Rick Nash", CBC, August 8, 2005. Retrieved on July 26, 2009. 
  3. Kevin Allen. Nash's picture-perfect goal is snapshot of talent. USA Today.
  4. Columbus Blue Jackets – News: Nash Nominated for ESPY Award – 07/02/2008 Columbus Blue Jackets
  5. Nash Trick. The Columbus Dispatch.
  6. Columbus Blue Jackets (2008). Rick Nash Named Columbus Blue Jackets Team Captain. Columbus Blue Jackets. Archived from the original on March 13, 2008. Retrieved on March 12, 2008.
  7. NHL 2K9 Cover Athlete Announcement Operation Sports
  8. Game No. 66 The Columbus Dispatch.
  9. "Nash inks 8-year deal with Blue Jackets.", CBC, July 3, 2009. Retrieved on July 26, 2009. 
  10. Worst start in 19 years. Columbus Dispatch (2011-11-12). Retrieved on 2011-12-05.
  11. Richardson, Lyle (2011-11-21). Rumor Roundup: Rick Nash tops many teams' wish lists. The Hockey News. Retrieved on 2012-01-08.
  12. Yerdon, Joe (2012-01-05). Rick Nash would waive his no-trade clause if Blue Jackets wanted to move him. NBC Sports. Retrieved on 2012-01-08.
  13. Portzline, Aaron (2012-02-15). Now up for bidding: Nash. Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved on 2012-02-15.
  14. Zeisberger, Mike (2012-02-14). Nash to Leafs? Dream on: Price for Jackets forward sky high. The Toronto Sun. Retrieved on 2012-02-15.
  15. NHL notes: No one's dashing to get Nash http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Hockey/NHL/2012/07/06/19960131.html
  16. Blue Jackets Ship Nash to Rangers in Blockbuster trade. TSN (2012-07-23). Retrieved on 2012-07-23.
  17. Rick Nash Bolts for HC Davos of Swiss National League. Bleacher Report (2012-09-18). Retrieved on 2012-09-19.
  18. http://espn.go.com/nhl/player/_/id/1569/rick-nash
  19. Template error: argument title is required. 
  20. http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8470041
  21. Rick Nash scores 400th NHL goal (November 9, 2016). Retrieved on November 9, 2016.
  22. 2002 IIHF World U20 Championship – Team Canada. IIHF. Retrieved on January 17, 2010.
  23. Kanalley, Craig. "Canadian Olympic Hockey Team: 2010 Roster Released", The Huffington Post, December 30, 2009. Retrieved on December 30, 2009. 

External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Ilya Kovalchuk
NHL first overall draft pick
2002
Succeeded by
Marc-Andre Fleury
Preceded by
Pascal Leclaire
Columbus Blue Jackets first round draft pick
2002
Succeeded by
Nikolai Zherdev
Preceded by
Milan Hejduk
Winner of the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy
2004
shared with Jarome Iginla and Ilya Kovalchuk
Succeeded by
Jonathan Cheechoo
Preceded by
Adam Foote
Columbus Blue Jackets captain
200812
Succeeded by
Nick Foligno

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