Hockey January 12, 2019


After a decorated international career that included four gold medals and
more than a point per game, Rick Nash announced his retirement Friday –
just over 18 years after he first wore the Maple Leaf.

His final Team Canada résumé is highlighted by gold at the Six Nations Cup,
IIHF World Championship and Olympic Winter Games, and 72 points – 35 of
them goals – in 71 games.

Nash was a three-time Olympian (2006, 2010, 2014), standing atop the podium
in Vancouver and Sochi and scoring his only two Olympic goals in
playoff-round wins over Germany and Russia on home ice.

He made his debut in red and white at the 2001 World Under-17 Hockey
Challenge, scoring six goals in as many games to help Ontario to a bronze
medal.

After continuing his goal-a-game pace with five at the 2001 Six Nations
Cup, winning his first international gold with Canada’s National Men’s
Summer Under-18 Team, Nash made the jump to the World Juniors just a few
months later, taking silver as the youngest member of Team Canada.

The Brampton, Ont., native was a mainstay at the IIHF World Championship
from 2005 to 2011, appearing four times in seven years and almost always
leaving his mark offensively.

His first appearance in 2005 was his most productive; Nash had nine goals
and 15 points in nine games, finishing second in tournament scoring (behind
Joe Thornton) and earning a spot on the all-star team to go alongside his
silver medal.

Two years later he took the final step up the podium, posting 11 points –
including a memorable game-clinching goal late in the gold medal game with
a Finnish defender draped all over him – and taking all-star and MVP
honours.

Another 13 points, another silver medal and another all-star nod followed
in 2008, and he closed his worlds account as captain in 2011, the only time
he did not reach double-digits in points.

Nash retires second all-time in goals (23) and points (44) by a Canadian at
the IIHF World Championship, trailing Dany Heatley in both categories.

The first-overall pick in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, Nash finishes his
career with 805 points (437G 368A) in 1,060 games with Columbus, the New
York Rangers and Boston. A six-time NHL all-star, he won the Rocket Richard
Trophy after scoring a league-leading 41 goals in 2003-04.

RICK NASH

Year


Team


Event


GP


G


A


PTS


PIM


Result

2001

ONT

WU17

6

6

2

8

8

Bronze

2001

CAN

SU18

5

5

5

10

10

Gold

2002

CAN

WJC

7

1

2

3

2

Silver

2005

CAN

WC

9

9

6

15

8

Silver

2006

CAN

OLY

6

0

1

1

10

7th

2007

CAN

WC

9

6

5

11

4

Gold

2008

CAN

WC

9

6

7

13

6

Silver

2010

CAN

OLY

7

2

3

5

0

Gold

2011

CAN

WC

7

2

3

5

2

5th

2014

CAN

OLY

6

0

1

1

2

Gold

CAN


TOTAL


71


37


35


72


52

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