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Nash began his career in 1998 in a unterklassigen Canadian junior league. In the 1999/2000 season he went for the Toronto Marlboros in the Greater Toronto Hockey League on the ice. His good performances meant that the shooter was left in the OHL Priority Selection 2000 selected in the first round in fourth position from the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League. In his first season with the Knights, he was one with 66 scorer points in 58 main round games to the team internally best strikers. With his team, he was able to successfully qualify for the subsequent play-offs. There, the Knights retired but with 1:4 defeats against the Erie Otters. Nash arrive in four play-off matches another six points. In the 2001 /02 season, the left gunner was able to increase and reached with his team's play-off semi-finals. Nash attended a total of 66 league games and was able to score 91 times. Due to the benefits shown several talent scouts from the National Hockey League were on the then 18 -year-old attention. During the NHL Entry Draft in 2002, it was the leaders of the Columbus Blue Jackets, who secured his transfer rights. They chose him as the first overall draft.
In the summer of 2002, the Canadians, the Ontario Hockey League left after only two years and moved into the NHL with the Columbus Blue Jackets. On October 10, 2002 Nash debuted in the NHL, scoring his first goal. He was the eighth overall first one NHL Entry Drafts, who scored a goal in his first NHL game. In the further course of the 2002/ 03 Nash 74- time was used, scoring 78 points scorer. He was also nominated for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the league 's best rookie, won this instrument is not, but he was All- Rookie team convened in the NHL.
In the 2003 /04 season, the left winger scored 41 goals and won thus together with his compatriot Jarome Iginla and Ilya Kovalchuk the Russians the Maurice Rocket ' Richard Trophy for the best scorers in the regular season. At age 19, he was also the youngest player in the NHL history, who led the scoring charts after the regular season. This goal tally could not repeat Nash until today.
Since the 2004/05 season due to the players strike did not take place in the NHL, many players, the season 2004 /05 in Europe or the North American minor leagues decided to spend. Rick Nash joined the Swiss first division club HC Davos, where he won the Swiss Cup and the Spengler Cup with Joe Thornton and Niklas Hagman. Nash had 58 points in 59 games scored big role in these successes. In the summer of 2005 he returned to Columbus. Prior to the 2005/06 season he signed with the Blue Jackets a new five - year contract that will earn him $ 27 million by 2011. After a few games of the season he suffered multiple injuries and missed a total of 28 games. Despite the long-term injuries Nash scored 54 points in 54 games and was once again one of the most successful players in the Blue Jackets.
On 12 March 2008 Nash was nominated for a fifth captain of the Blue Jackets. A month announced 2K Games that Nash would be featured on the cover of the computer game NHL 2K9. The first season as captain was his most successful personally, as he was able to achieve 40 goals and 39 assists in 78 games. At the end of the season he was able to qualify with his club for the first time for the play- offs. There, the Blue Jackets met the master of the 2007/08 season, the Detroit Red Wings. With 0:4 defeats the team was eliminated by the Red Wings without winning a game of best- of-seven series. In the summer of 2009, the leaders of the Columbus Blue Jackets Nash were able to convince them of an early contract extension. The links Sagittarius signed an eight- year contract, which starts with the end of the 2010/11 season.
After the offensive player expressed a change request already in February 2012, he was transferred on 23 July 2012 after ten years in Columbus to the New York Rangers. The Blue Jackets were in turn forwards Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov, defender Tim Erixon and a first-round vote for the NHL Entry Draft in 2013.
Due to the lockout in the NHL, he returned in September 2012 back to HC Davos.
In summer 2005, Nash was first nominated for the Canadian national team. A year later, he took part in the Winter Olympics in Turin, where he only reached the seventh place with Canada. In 2007 he was Hockey World Champion with Team Canada. Overall, Nash was previously 33 - times the jersey of the Canadian national team, scoring 40 points scorer. In 2010, Rick Nash at the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and won with the Canadian national team the gold medal. In the final they defeated the United States 3-2 after extra time. Also in 2014 he was with the Canadian National Team Olympic champion.
Awards and achievements
- 2001 OHL All- Rookie Team
- 2001 Emms Family Award
- 2001 CHL All- Rookie Team
- 2002 CHL Top Prospects Game
- 2002 OHL Third All- Star Team
- 2002 NHL Rookie of the Month for November
- 2003 NHL Young Stars Game
- 2003 NHL All- Rookie Team
- 2004 NHL All-Star Game
- 2004 Maurice Richard Trophy (shared with Jarome Iginla and Ilya Kovalchuk )
- 2004 Spengler Cup win with the HC Davos
- 2004 Spengler Cup All- Star team
- 2005 Swiss Champion with HC Davos
- 2007 NHL All-Star Game
- 2008 NHL All-Star Game
- 2009 NHL All-Star Game
- 2009 NHL Foundation Player Award
- 2011 NHL All-Star Game
- 2002 Silver medal at the U20 World Junior Championships
- 2005 Silver medal at the World Championships
- 2005 Top scorer of the World Cup
- 2005 All- Star Team of the World Cup
- 2007 Gold medal at the World Championships
- 2007 Most Valuable Player of the World Cup
- 2007 All - Star Team of the World Cup
- 2008 Silver medal at the World Championships
- 2008 All- Star Team of the World Cup
- 2010 Gold medal at the Olympic Winter Games
- 2014 Gold Medal at the Olympic Winter Games
Represented Canada at:
- U20 Junior World Cup 2002
- World Championship 2005
- 2006 Winter Olympics
- World Cup 2007
- World Championship 2008
- 2010 Winter Olympics
- World Cup 2011
( Key to Career statistics: Sp or GP = Games Played, T or G = goals scored, V or A = achieved assists; Pts or Pts = scored points scorer, SM or PIM = received penalty minutes, / - = Plus / Minus balance sheet; PP = scored majority gates; SH = scored shorthanded goals, GW = achieved victory gates; Play-downs/Relegation 1 )