COLUMBUS, OHIO – Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Rick Nash was named to the Western Conference team for the 2008 National Hockey League All-Star Game to be played at Philips Arena in Atlanta on Sunday, January 27, the club and NHL announced January 10. The selection marks the third-straight All-Star nod for Nash.
In 2004 at the age of 19, he became the youngest player to participate in the All-Star Game since 1986 when he played in the contest held at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. The All-Star Game was not held in 2005 and 2006, but returned last year and Nash tallied two goals and two assists to lead the Western Conference to a 12-9 win at American Airlines Center in Dallas en route to earning Second Star of the Game honors. He has also won the Puck Control Relay at the Dodge/NHL SuperSkills event during both of his previous All-Star Weekends. As a rookie, he appeared in the 2003 NHL YoungStars Game during All-Star Weekend at the Office Depot Center in Sunrise, Florida.
Nash, 23, has played in 41 games this season and leads the Blue Jackets in goals with 22, which ranks ninth in the NHL, and points with 37. He has also scored a team-high seven power play goals, two shorthanded goals and is tied for the club lead with three game-winning goals. Columbus' first pick, first overall, in the 2002 Entry Draft, he has tallied 138-106-244 and 342 penalty minutes in 324 career games.
This year marks the fifth in which a Blue Jacket has been selected to play in the All-Star Game. The previous four were: 2007 – Nash, West: 2-2-4 in 12-9 win at Dallas; 2004 – Nash, West: 0-0-0 in 6-4 loss at St. Paul, MN; 2003 – Ray Whitney, West: 0-1-1 in 6-5 win at Sunrise, FL; 2002 – Espen Knutsen, World: 1-2-3 in 8-5 win at Los Angeles.
The 2008 All-Star Weekend in Atlanta will feature live television coverage of the Dodge/NHL SuperSkills event on Saturday, January 26 at 7 p.m. ET and the NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, January 27 at 6 p.m. ET on VERSUS in the United States. Exclusive live coverage will also be available on NHL RADIO on Westwood One, XM Satellite Radio’s NHL Home Ice and via NHL.com.
The Blue Jackets return to action on Friday when they host the St. Louis Blues at Nationwide Arena. Game time is set for 7 p.m. Live coverage on FSN Ohio will begin with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show at 6:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship stations WBNS-AM, Sports Radio 1460 The Fan and WWCD-FM, CD101.
Tickets to Blue Jackets home games are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, FSN Ohio Blue Line Team Store locations at The Chiller Easton, Chiller Dublin, Chiller North and The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, as well as all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can also purchase by phone at (614) 431-3600 or online at www.BlueJackets.com and www.ticketmaster.com. For information on season and group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or (800) NHL-COLS.