COLUMBUS, OHIO – Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Rick Nash was named to the Western Conference team for the 2007 National Hockey League All-Star Game to be played at American Airlines Center in Dallas on Wednesday, Jan. 24, the club and NHL announced today. The selection is the second-straight for Nash as this year marks the first NHL All-Star Game since 2004 when at age 19 he became the youngest player to participate in the game since 1986. He also appeared in the NHL YoungStars Game during 2003 All-Star Weekend.
Nash, 22, has played in 39 games this season and is tied for the club lead with 13 goals and ranks second with 17 assists and 30 points. Columbus first pick, first overall, in the 2002 Entry Draft he has tallied 102-78-180 and 244 penalty minutes in 247 career NHL games, including 31-23-54 and 51 penalty minutes in 54 games during an injury-shortened 2005-06 campaign.
Nash registered a career-high 41-16-57 and 87 penalty minutes in 80 games in 2003-04, sharing the “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the NHL’s top goal scorer with Jarome Iglina and Ilya Kovalchuk and becoming the youngest player in NHL history to lead the league in goals. He made his NHL debut at age 18 in 2002-03 and was an All-Rookie Team selection and finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy as Rookie of the Year after notching 17-22-39 and 78 penalty minutes in 74 games.
This year marks the fourth in which a Blue Jacket has been selected to play in the All-Star Game. The previous three were: 2004 – Nash, West – 0-0-0 in 6-4 loss; 2003 – Ray Whitney, West – 0-1-1 in 6-5 win; 2002 – Espen Knutsen, World – 1-2-3 in 8-5 win.
The 2007 NHL All-Star Celebration will feature live broadcasts of the Dodge Nitro/NHL SuperSkills event on Tuesday, Jan. 23, and the NHL All-Star Game on Wednesday, Jan. 24 on VERSUS (United States) and CBC and RDS (Canada) at 8 p.m. ET. NASN, the NHL’s exclusive broadcast partner in Europe, will provide live coverage of the Dodge Nitro/NHL SuperSkills event and the NHL All-Star Game to more than 25 countries and territories in Europe. NHL RADIO on Westwood One will provide exclusive, national radio coverage in the United States and Canada, while Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio each will provide radio play-by-play coverage of the game.
The Blue Jackets return to action tonight when they host the Nashville Predators. Game time is 7 p.m. with live coverage on FSN Ohio beginning with the Ice Breaker pre-game show at 6:30 p.m. Coverage also includes the Blue Jackets Ice Cap post-game show immediately following the game. The game will also be broadcast live on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship stations WBNS-AM Sports Radio 1460 The Fan and WWCD-FM, CD101.
Individual game tickets for 2006-07 regular season home games are on sale now at Nationwide Arena, The Chiller Ice Rinks, Ticketmaster Ticket Centers and on-line at www.BlueJackets.com and www.Ticketmaster.com. For information on season tickets, mini-plans and group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or (800) NHL-COLS.