2009

Rick Nash

Rick Nash

Rick was born in Brampton in 1984 and played all his minor league hockey in Brampton and Toronto.In the year 2000 Rick was drafted in the 1st round, 4th overall by the London Knights of the OHLand went on to win the 2001 Emms Family Award (Rookie of the Year), as well as a spot on the OHLAll-Rookie and the CHL All-Rookie Team.

Rick was drafted by the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets as the 1st pick over-all in 2002. In his firstseason he finished 2nd in voting for the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s “Rookie of the Year” and wasnamed to the “NHL All-Rookie Team”. Rick’s other NHL accomplishments to date are winning theMaurice Rocket Richard trophy as the NHL’s leading goal scorer in 2003 (shared with Jarome Iginlaand Ilya Kovalchuk), and at 19 years of age Rick was the youngest player in NHL history to lead the league ingoals. Four NHL All-Star appearances in 2002, 2007, 2008 and 2009. In 2008 Rick scored the quickest goal inAll-Star Game history, just 12 seconds in. He was nominated for the 2008 “Best Play ESPY Award” for a goalscored against the Phoenix Coyotes. On March 12, 2008 Nash was named the fifth captain in Columbus BlueJackets’ history. On March 7, 2009 Nash scored three unassisted goals against the Detroit Red Wings. The lastplayer to score three unassisted goals was Maurice "Rocket" Richard on March 14, 1948.

During the 2004-05 NHL lockout Nash played for HC Davos of the Swiss Elite League. Joined by fellow NHL-erJoe Thornton, Davos went on to win the Swiss Championship and the 2004 Spengler Cup.

Rick’s international success with Team Canada began with a silver medal in his second junior season when hewas chosen to play for Team Canada's junior squad in the 2002 World Junior Championships. Rick would make hissenior international debut for Team Canada at the 2005 World Championship, earning his second silver medal andnamed to the tournament All-Star Team. Rick was named to Team Canada for the 2006 Olympics;unfortunately the team finished a disappointing 7th. The following year Rick captured his first goldmedal with Team Canada at the 2007 World Championship. Rick was named to the tournamentAll-Star Team and earned MVP honours. Rick appeared in his third World Championship in 2008,earning silver. Nash was named to the tournament All-Star Team for the second consecutive year.

Inducted May 27, 2009