Rick Nash (born June 16, 1984, in Brampton, Ontario) is a professional ice hockey Left Wing in the NHL, playing for the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Rick Nash was selected 1st overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets. Nash has played all of his NHL seasons to date for Columbus. His best season was 2003-04 when he scored 41 goals, sharing the league lead with Jarome Iginla and Ilya Kovalchuk. The 41 goals made Nash the first player since Eric Lindros to score over 40 goals in the National Hockey League as a teenager.
He played for Hockey Club Davos in the Swiss National League during the 2004-05 NHL lockout. On April 7, 2005, Nash and fellow Canadian Joe Thornton helped lead Davos to the Swiss Championship.
Knee and ankle injuries sidelined Nash for much of the first half of the 2005-06 NHL season. He played in only three of Columbus' first 31 games, ending his second trip to the injured reserve list on December 18. Still, shortly after being activated he was selected to play for Team Canada in the 2006 Olympics, and served as an alternate captain.