COLUMBUS, OHIO – Columbus Blue Jackets forward Rick Nash has been named to the Canadian Olympic hockey team and defenseman Jan Hejda has been named to the Czech Republic Olympic hockey team, the club announced December 30. Nash and Hejda join Fedor Tyutin (Russia), Fredrik Modin (Sweden), Samuel Pahlsson (Sweden) and Milan Jurcina (Slovakia) as Blue Jackets who will compete at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Nash, 25, is a 6-foot-4, 218-pound native of Brampton, Ontario. He will be making his second Olympic appearance as he registered one assist and 10 penalty minutes in six games at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. A veteran of international competition, he helped Canada win a gold medal at the 2007 World Championships as well as winning silver medals at the 2005 and 2008 World Championships and 2002 World Junior Championships. In 27 career games at the World Championships, he has collected 21 goals and 18 assists for 39 points, 18 penalty minutes and a cumulative plus/minus rating of +24.
Columbus' first pick, first overall, in the 2002 Entry Draft, he has recorded 213-179-392 and 464 penalty minutes in 482 career games with the Blue Jackets. He currently leads the club with 19-18-37 and 28 penalty minutes in 41 games and is tied for ninth in the NHL in goals.
Hejda, 31, is a 6-foot-3, 229-pound native of Prague, Czech Republic who will be making his Olympic debut. He has represented the Czech Republic at five of the past seven World Championships, including helping his country win the gold medal at the 2005 tournament and the silver medal in 2006. In his third season with the Blue Jackets, he has collected 1-5-6 and 18 penalty minutes in 33 games this season. In 235 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets and Edmonton Oilers, he has registered 5-44-49, 137 penalty minutes and a cumulative plus/minus rating of +31.
The Blue Jackets return to action Thursday when they host the Nashville Predators. Game time from Nationwide Arena is 7 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio HD begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Wheeling Island Hotel Casino Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship stations WBNS-AM, Sports Radio 1460 The Fan and WWCD-FM, CD101, and online at BlueJackets.com.
Blue Jackets single game tickets are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, The FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line Team Store at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, ticket outlets at the Chiller Ice Rinks and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can also purchase tickets by phone at (800) 745-3000 or online at BlueJackets.com and ticketmaster.com. Six-, 10- and 20-game packages for the 2009-10 season are also on sale. For information, call (800) NHL-COLS or visit BlueJackets.com.