Date of Birth:   June 16, 1984
 Place of Birth: Brampton, ON
 Residence: N/A
 Years on National Team:
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 Height:  6'4"
 Weight: 206 lbs

Ankle and knee injuries cost Columbus forward Rick Nash much of the early part of the 2005-06 season, but that didn't stop Team Canada management from adding the prolific sniper to the 2006 Olympic team. The fact is the 21-year-old simply has too much talent to be denied.

As a 17-year-old forward on the London Knights in 2000-01, Nash was named to both the OHL and CHL All-Rookie teams. One year later, a 32-goal season made him the OHL's top NHL draft prospect. It would prove to be a fitting award for the power forward as the Columbus Blue Jackets took him first overall in the 2002 draft. Also in 2002, Nash was part of Canada's silver medal-winning team at the World Junior Championships.

The Brampton native's first year in Columbus was a learning experience, but he still managed to become just the eighth top pick to pot a goal in first NHL game as he scored against Chicago on October 10, 2000. He finished his rookie campaign with 17 goals and 22 assists, landing a spot on the NHL All-Rookie team.

The following season, Nash would explode out of the gates, remaining at or near the top in the league goal-scoring race all season. His nose for the net would earn him a spot in the All-Star game at just 19 years of age, making him the first teenager to play in the mid-season classic since both Owen Nolan and Jaromir Jagr played in the 1992 game as 19-year-olds as well. When the 2003-04 season wrapped up, Nash finished with 41 goals, creating a three-way tie for the Maurice "Rocket" Richard goal-scoring title with both Calgary's Jarome Iginla and Atlanta's Ilya Kovalchuk.

During the NHL lockout, Nash joined HC Davos in the Swiss League. It was there that he was teamed with fellow NHL star and 2006 Olympic teammate Joe Thornton. The two proved to be a formidable tandem as they led their adopted team to both a Swiss Championship and a Spengler Cup victory.

At the 2005 World Championships, Nash was arguably Canada's top player on their silver medal-winning team. With a pair of international silver medals to his credit so far, watch for a hungry Nash to lead the charge for gold in Turin.




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