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.
We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock to the Toronto Star on recalling goalie Garret Sparks from the AHL to start Monday in his NHL debut
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