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Riley Nash (born May 9, 1989) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was originally selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the first round, 21st overall, of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft and has also played in the NHL for the Carolina Hurricanes and Boston Bruins.

Riley Nash
Riley Nash Boston Bruins 2017.jpg
Riley Nash with the Boston Bruins, October 2017
Born (1989-05-09) May 9, 1989 (age 30)
Consort, Alberta, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 173 lb (78 kg; 12 st 5 lb)
Position Centre/Wing
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Columbus Blue Jackets
Carolina Hurricanes
Boston Bruins
NHL Draft 21st overall, 2007
Edmonton Oilers
Playing career 2010–present

Early lifeEdit

Nash was born in Consort, Alberta, but raised in Kamloops, British Columbia.[1]

Playing careerEdit

AmateurEdit

In his first full Junior A season in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks in 2006–07, Nash scored 84 points in 55 games to finish as the Silverbacks' top scorer, rookie of the year and the team's most valuable player (MVP). Although he was drafted 21st overall by the Edmonton Oilers at the end of the season at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, he opted against immediately signing with the team.

Instead, Nash went on to play college ice hockey at Cornell University of the NCAA's ECAC conference, where he was a linemate of future NHLer Colin Greening. As was the case at Salmon Arm, Nash played at Cornell with his older brother Brendon, a defenceman. In his freshman year with the Big Red, Nash was selected as the Cornell University Hockey Rookie of the Year and to the 2007–08 College Hockey News All-Rookie Team.

ProfessionalEdit

On June 26, 2010, Nash was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for the 46th pick at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Nearly one month later, on July 19, Nash signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Hurricanes, forgoing his final year of eligibility at Cornell.[2] On December 23, 2011, Nash recorded his first career NHL point on an assist on Andreas Nödl's goal against the Ottawa Senators, and he later scored his first career NHL goal against the Florida Panthers on March 2, 2013.

After six seasons with the Hurricanes organization, Nash left as a free agent to sign a two-year contract with the Boston Bruins on July 1, 2016.[3] In the 2017–18 season, Nash enjoyed a breakout season in establishing new career highs with 15 goals, 26 assists and 41 points in 76 regular season games.

As a free agent, Nash left the Bruins and signed a three-year, $8.25 million contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets on July 1, 2018.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Riley's brother, Brendon Nash, played for the Montreal Canadiens and the Hartford Wolf Pack in the American Hockey League (AHL). They are of no relation to Rick Nash, although Riley and Rick both played for the Boston Bruins during the 2017–18 season.

Riley comes from a large extended family and is related to Ryan Young, Dean of Business at The King's University (Edmonton) and Chris Young at Canadian International School of Hong Kong

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 Salmon Arm Silverbacks BCHL 1 0 0 0 0
2005–06 Salmon Arm Silverbacks BCHL 1 0 0 0 0
2006–07 Salmon Arm Silverbacks BCHL 55 38 46 84 87
2007–08 Cornell University ECAC 36 12 20 32 28
2008–09 Cornell University ECAC 36 13 22 35 34
2009–10 Cornell University ECAC 30 12 24 36 39
2010–11 Charlotte Checkers AHL 79 14 18 32 26 16 1 3 4 16
2011–12 Charlotte Checkers AHL 58 8 12 20 26
2011–12 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 5 0 1 1 2
2012–13 Charlotte Checkers AHL 51 13 24 37 20 5 1 2 3 0
2012–13 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 32 4 5 9 8
2013–14 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 73 10 14 24 29
2014–15 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 68 8 17 25 12
2015–16 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 64 9 13 22 18
2016–17 Boston Bruins NHL 81 7 10 17 14 6 0 2 2 2
2017–18 Boston Bruins NHL 76 15 26 41 18 9 0 1 1 4
2018–19 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 78 3 9 12 19 7 1 2 3 4
NHL totals 477 56 95 151 120 22 1 5 6 10

Awards and honoursEdit

Award Year
BCHL
Interior Conference Rookie of the Year 2006–07
College
All-ECAC Hockey Rookie Team 2007–08
ECAC Rookie of the Year 2007–08
Ivy League Hockey Rookie of the Year 2007–08
All-ECAC Hockey First Team 2008–09
All-ECAC Hockey Third Team 2009–10
ECAC Hockey All-Tournament Team 2010 [5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Nash has Carolina and Cornell on his mind". kamloopsnews.ca. November 7, 2010. Retrieved November 7, 2010. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ "Hurricanes sign Riley Nash to three-year deal". National Hockey League. July 19, 2010. Retrieved July 20, 2010. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ "Bruins sign six players". Boston Bruins. July 1, 2016. Retrieved July 1, 2016. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ "Columbus Blue Jackets sign center Riley Nash". Columbus Blue Jackets. July 1, 2018. Retrieved July 1, 2018. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  5. ^ "All-Tournament Honors" (PDF). ECAC Hockey. Retrieved May 12, 2014.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Sean Backman
Brandon Wong
ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year
2007–08
Succeeded by
Jody O'Neill
Preceded by
Alex Plante
Edmonton Oilers first round draft pick
2007
Succeeded by
Jordan Eberle