COLUMBUS, OHIO – Columbus Blue Jackets forward Rick Nash has been selected to participate in the 2011 NHL All-Star Game, the league and club announced today. The 2011 NHL All-Star Game will be held at RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina on Sunday, January 30 and will mark the fifth consecutive All-Star Game appearance for the Blue Jackets captain.
Nash, 26, leads Columbus in goals and points with 20-14-34 in 41 games – the seventh-straight season he has hit the 20-goal mark – and ranks among NHL leaders in goals (eighth-T), game-winning goals (5, fourth-T) and shots (166, eighth-T). He has been named one of the NHL's Three Stars of the Week twice this season – First Star for week ending November 21 and Third Star for week ending December 12 – and has collected nine multi-point and five multi-goal games. He recorded his fifth career hat trick at San Jose on November 20 and is the club's all-time leader in goals, assists, points and games played with 247-209-456 in 558 games.
Nash has played in the 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2009 All-Star Games. 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. In 2008, he scored three goals for the Western Conference to register the 15th hat trick in All-Star Game history in an 8-7 loss at Philips Arena in Atlanta. He also set an 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). In 2009, he collected 1-2-3 in a 12-11 shootout loss at Montreal’s Bell Centre. With 6-4-10 in those four games, Nash leads all players in All-Star Game goals and points since 2004.
The League's mid-season spectacular will take place Saturday, January 29 and Sunday, January 30 and will include Honda NHL SuperSkills and the 58th NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover at RBC Center. Live television coverage of both nights will be provided by VERSUS in the United States. The Honda NHL SuperSkills will begin at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday and the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover will start at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday.
As part of a new format for the game, the 42 players – six starters and 36 reserves – will vote for team captains, who will then select from the full pool of players to fill out each team’s roster. Each team will be required to choose three goalies, six defensemen and 12 forwards in any order they choose. The inaugural NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft powered by Cisco will be conducted from the NHL Fan Fair at the Raleigh Convention Center on Friday, January 28, at 8 p.m. ET and televised live on VERSUS.
The Blue Jackets return to action tonight when the club hosts the Phoenix Coyotes. Game time from Nationwide Arena is set for 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, including 97.1 The Fan and online at BlueJackets.com.
Single-game tickets for Blue Jackets home games, starting at $22, are on sale 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. For information on season tickets, a variety of partial-season plans and group tickets, call (800) NHL-COLS or visit BlueJackets.com.