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Rick Nash  #61

New York Rangers  Left Wing
NUMBER: 61 BIRTHDATE: June 16, 1984  (AGE 30)
HEIGHT: 6' 4" BIRTHPLACE: Brampton, ON, Canada
WEIGHT: 213 DRAFTED: CBJ / 2002 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 1st   (1st overall)
Will be playing for Canada for the sixth time in his career -- won a gold medal at the 2007 World Championship; and silver medals at the 2008 and 2005 World Championships as well as the 2002 World Junior Championship.

Was the youngest player on the 2006 Canadian Olympic team (21).

Was named MVP of the 2007 World Championship, playing on a Canadian line that featured Shane Doan and Matthew Lombardi and combined to score 17 of the team's 41 goals in the tournament.  Scored one of the great goals in Canadian hockey history in the gold medal game against Finland.  With the Finns pressing for the tying goal late in the third period, trailing by a 3-2 score, Nash clinched the contest with a great  one-handed deke of goalie Kari Lehtonen while defenseman Pekka Saravo tried to haul him down.   

Was also a member of tournament All-Star Team in 2008.

Played on Canada's top line at the 2005 World Championship with Joe Thornton and Simon Gagne.

Quote of the Day

It's pretty crazy, but believe me when I say we didn't draft these players with the mindset we had to because they had good hockey-playing dads. It just turned out that way. But we're certainly glad they're a part of our organization.

— Arizona Coyotes director of amateur scouting Tim Bernhardt regarding the coincidence that six of the organization's top prospects are sons of former NHL players