Richard McLaren Nash is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player who currently serves as the special assistant to the general manager of the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League. After being selected first overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft by Columbus, he played 15 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Blue Jackets, New York Rangers and Boston Bruins, and was selected to play in six National Hockey League All-Star Games. Prior to turning professional, Nash was a highly regarded prospect with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League where he spent two seasons, earning the Emms Family Award in 2001 as the League's Rookie of the Year. He began his NHL career with the Blue Jackets immediately following his draft, in 2002–03, and was nominated for the Calder Trophy as NHL Rookie of the Year.
As a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets, he was named to his first NHL All-Star game in 2004. In 2012, he was moved to the New York Rangers, where he remained until joining the Boston Bruins in 2018.
He was picked first overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2002 after playing for the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League.
He was a key member of Team Canada's gold-medal winning performance at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
In 2013, he married Jessica Nash. Jamie and Liz Nash are his parents.
Both he and Alexander Ovechkin were first-round picks who went on to win the Rookie of the Year award.
Rocket Richard Trophy winners. National Hockey League first overall draft picks. Columbus Blue Jackets draft picks. Sportspeople from Brampton. HC Davos players. London Knights players. Columbus Blue Jackets players. Olympic ice hockey players of Canada. Ice hockey players at the 2006 Winter Olympics. Olympic gold medalists for Canada. Ice hockey players at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Medalists at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Ice hockey players at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Medalists at the 2014 Winter Olympics. National Hockey League All-Stars