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Nash named special assistant to Blue Jackets general manager

Was Columbus captain from 2008-12, retired from NHL on Jan. 11 @NHLdotcom

Rick Nash was named special assistant to Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen on Thursday.

Nash, who turns 35 on Sunday, was chosen by the Blue Jackets with the No. 1 pick in the 2002 NHL Draft and spent his first nine NHL seasons in Columbus, where he was captain from 2008-12. He is the Blue Jackets all-time leader in games played (674), goals (289), assists (258) and points (547).

"Rick is the most decorated player in Blue Jackets history and was one of the game's most respected players during a career that included multiple All-Star Games, Olympic and World Championship gold medals and a Stanley Cup Final appearance," Kekalainen said. "He cares deeply about the Blue Jackets and the city of Columbus and will be a great addition to our organization."

Nash retired from the NHL on Jan. 11 after 15 seasons because of medical reasons and joined the Blue Jackets' hockey operations department a few weeks later. Columbus (47-31-4) clinched the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference and advanced to the second round for the first time in its history with a four-game sweep of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

An eight-time 30-goal scorer, Nash had 805 points (437 goals, 368 assists) in 1,060 NHL games with the Blue Jackets, New York Rangers and Boston Bruins. He shared the Rocket Richard Trophy with Ilya Kovalchuk and Jarome Iginla by tying for the NHL lead with 41 goals in 2003-04.

Traded to the Rangers on July 23, 2012, Nash helped them reach the Stanley Cup Final in 2013-14 and scored an NHL career-high 42 goals the following season, when New York won the Presidents' Trophy. He was traded by the Rangers to the Bruins on Feb. 25, 2018 but missed the final 12 regular-season games because of a concussion. He returned for the playoffs and had five points (three goals, two assists) in 12 games.

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