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Rick Nash Named 2014-15 Team MVP and Winner of the Players' Player Award

by New York Rangers @NYRangers /

NEW YORK, April 9, 2015 - The New York Rangers announced that Rick Nash has been named the Rangers' MVP and received the Players' Player Award for the 2014-15 season.

For the second consecutive season, one Ranger has been selected as both the Rangers' MVP and the recipient of the Players' Player Award (Ryan McDonagh won both awards in 2013-14). Nash is the eighth Ranger who has won both awards in the same season since 1958-59, joining John Vanbiesbrouck (1985-86), James Patrick (1987-88), Adam Graves (1992-93), Mark Messier (1995-96), Mike Richter (1999-00), Brian Leetch (2000-01 and 2002-03), and McDonagh (2013-14) as the only Blueshirts to accomplish the feat.

The Rangers' MVP was selected by members of the New York Rangers media and has been given annually since the conclusion of the 1941-42 season. Nash is the first Rangers forward to be chosen as the team's MVP since Jaromir Jagr in 2005-06 and he is the first Canadian-born player to receive the award since Wayne Gretzky in 1997-98.

The Players' Player Award recognizes the Ranger, as selected by his teammates, who best exemplifies what it means to be a team player. This is the first time Nash has won the award, which has been given annually since the conclusion of the 1958-59 season.

Nash has skated in 79 games in 2014-15, registering 42 goals and 27 assists for 69 points, along with a plus-29 rating and 36 penalty minutes. Nash established a career-high in goals this season, as he reached the 40-goal plateau for the third time in his NHL career and for the first time with the Rangers. He leads the NHL in even strength goals (32), ranks second in goals per game (0.53), games with a goal (35), and shots on goal (304), is tied for second in goals and shorthanded goals (four), is tied for third in game-winning goals (eight), and ranks sixth in plus/minus rating and takeaways (74). Nash is the only player who ranks in the top 10 in the NHL in all of those categories. He is also the only player who ranks sixth or higher in the NHL in goals, plus/minus rating, and takeaways, and he is the only player who ranks tied for third or higher in the NHL in goals, even strength goals, shorthanded goals, and game-winning goals.

The 6-4, 220-pounder leads the Rangers in goals, points, plus/minus rating, game-winning goals, shorthanded goals, shots on goal, and takeaways, is tied for the team lead in shorthanded points, and ranks second in power play goals (six) in 2014-15. Nash became the first Ranger in franchise history to register at least 30 even strength goals, six power play goals, and four shorthanded goals in the same season. He is the 19th Ranger who has recorded at least 40 goals in one season with the team in franchise history.

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