30 Facts About Rick Nash


Richard McLaren Nash was born on June 16,1984 and is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player who serves as the director of player development for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League.

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Rick Nash is the all-time Blue Jackets franchise leader in goals, points, and games played.

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Internationally, Rick 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.

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Rick Nash was raised in Brampton, Ontario, where he attended Brampton Centennial Secondary School.

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Rick Nash played minor hockey in the Greater Toronto Hockey League, where he caught the attention of OHL scouts in 1999.

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Rick Nash played in the 1998 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with the Toronto Marlboros minor ice hockey team.

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Rick Nash was the eighth number one overall pick to score a goal in his first game and the first to do so in his draft year since Mario Lemieux in 1984.

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That season, Rick Nash was nominated for the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie, but lost to defenseman Barret Jackman of the St Louis Blues.

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At 19 years of age, Rick Nash was the youngest player in history to lead the League in goals.

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Rick Nash scored 26 goals and 46 points in 44 games and added 11 more points in 15 games in the NLA playoffs.

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Missing 28 games total, Rick Nash was still named to Team Canada for the 2006 Olympics, shortly after being activated from the injured reserve.

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Shortly before the end of the season, on March 12,2008, Rick Nash was named the fifth captain in Blue Jackets history, replacing the recently traded Adam Foote.

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Rick Nash struggled mightily in the playoffs for the second straight year, scoring only three goals in 25 playoff games.

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Rick Nash's production improved during the 2015 playoffs, as he scored five goals and nine assists in 19 games as the Rangers fell to the Tampa Bay Lightning in a hard-fought seven-game Eastern Conference Finals series.

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Rick Nash scored a career-low 15 goals, going with 21 assists for a career-low 36 points.

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Rick Nash 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.

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

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Rick Nash still managed to score 23 goals and 15 assists for 38 points, in 67 games.

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Rick Nash's production continued to improve during the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs.

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Rick Nash recorded two goals and one assist in the Rangers six-game opening-round victory over the Montreal Canadiens.

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Rick Nash became the 312th player in NHL history to play at least 1,000 career games.

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On February 8,2018, the team released a letter to fans that signaled intentions to begin a rebuild, to which rumors of a Rick Nash trade began to swirl, as he was in the last year of his contract.

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On February 25,2018, one day before the trade deadline, Rick Nash was traded to the Boston Bruins in exchange for Ryan Spooner, Matt Beleskey, prospect Ryan Lindgren, a 2018 first-round pick, and a 2019 seventh-round pick.

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On January 11,2019, at age 34, due to unresolved symptoms from a concussion sustained in March 2018, Rick Nash was forced to retire from professional hockey after playing 1,060 career games spanning over 15 seasons.

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Rick 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.

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Rick Nash appeared in his third World Championship in 2008, but failed to repeat as gold medal champion with Canada, earning silver.

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On December 30,2009, Rick Nash was selected to play for Team Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

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Rick Nash earned his first Olympic medal in the tournament as Team Canada went on to win gold.

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Rick Nash was named captain of Team Canada for the 2011 IIHF World Championship.

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

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