COLUMBUS, OHIO – Columbus Blue Jackets forward Rick Nash was named to the Western Conference squad for the 2009 NHL All-Star Game, the league and club announced January 7. The 2009 NHL All-Star Game will be held at Bell Centre in Montreal on Sunday, January 25.
Nash, 24, leads the Blue Jackets in goals, assists and points with 17-22-39 in 40 games this season. He has also scored a team-high four game-winning goals and has a +9 plus/minus rating. He was named the NHL's First Star for the week of Dec. 29, 2008-Jan. 4, 2009 as he tallied 2-7-9 to lead all league scorers and help the Jackets post a 3-1-0 record in four road games. He matched his career high with 1-3-4 at Colorado on Jan. 2, scoring the game-winning goal on a penalty shot vs. Peter Budaj.
Nash's selection is his fourth in a row as he also played in the 2004, 2007 and 2008 All-Star Games. Last year, he participated in the game at Philips Arena in Atlanta and scored three goals for the Western Conference to register the 15th hat trick in All-Star Game history in an 8-7 loss. He also set a new All-Star Game record when he scored just :12 into the game, surpassing the previous mark for fastest goal to start the game (:19 by Detroit's Ted Lindsay in 1950). After being held scoreless in his All-Star debut at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota in 2004, he tallied 2-2-4 in the 2007 All-Star Game at American Airlines Center in Dallas.
The 2009 NHL All-Star Weekend in Montreal will celebrate the Montreal Canadiens' Centennial season with live broadcasts of the Honda/NHL SuperSkills event on Saturday, Jan. 24, and the NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, Jan. 25, on VERSUS. NHL Radio will provide exclusive, national radio coverage which can be heard on stations around the United States and Canada as well as on Sirius XM Radio's NHL Home Ice, located at XM channel 204 and on SIRIUS channel 208 with the “Best of XM” programming package. NHL.com and NHL Network will provide extensive coverage of the All-Star Weekend.
CLICK HERE TO SEE THE ENTIRE WESTERN CONFERENCE TEAM
The Blue Jackets return to action on Friday when they visit reigning NHL most valuable player Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. Game time from Verizon Center is set for 7 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio HD will begin with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship station WWCD-FM, CD101.
Tickets for 2008-09 regular season home games are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, The Chiller Ice Rinks and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can purchase tickets by phone at (800) 745-3000 or online at www.BlueJackets.com and www.ticketmaster.com. For information on season tickets, mini-plans or group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or 800-NHL-COLS.