Riley Nash

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Riley Nash
Riley Nash 2013.jpg
Born (1989-05-09) May 9, 1989 (age 26)
Consort, AB, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 173 lb (78 kg; 12 st 5 lb)
Position Center/Right Wing
Shoots Right
NHL team Carolina Hurricanes
NHL Draft 21st overall, 2007
Edmonton Oilers
Playing career 2010–present

Riley Nash (born May 9, 1989) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward currently playing for the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was originally selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the first round, 21st overall, of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

Background[edit]

Nash was born in Consort, Alberta, but raised in Kamloops, British Columbia.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Amateur[edit]

In his first full Junior A season in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks in 2006–07, Nash scored 84 points in 55 games to finish as the Silverbacks' top scorer, rookie of the year and the team's most valuable player (MVP). Although he was drafted 21st overall by the Edmonton Oilers at the end of the season at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, he opted against immediately signing with the team.

Instead, he went on to play college ice hockey at Cornell University of the NCAA's ECAC conference, where he was a linemate of current Ottawa Senators' forward Colin Greening. As was the case at Salmon Arm, Nash played at Cornell with his older brother Brendon, a defenceman. In his freshman year with the Big Red, Nash was selected as the Cornell University Hockey Rookie of the Year and to the 2007–08 College Hockey News All-Rookie Team.

Professional[edit]

On June 26, 2010, the Oilers traded Nash's rights to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for the 46th pick (Martin Marinčin) at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Nearly one month later, on July 19, Nash signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Hurricanes, foregoing his final year of eligibility at Cornell.[2] On December 23, 2011, Nash recorded his first career NHL point on an assist on Andreas Nödl's goal against the Ottawa Senators, and he later scored his first career NHL goal against the Florida Panthers on March 2, 2013.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 Salmon Arm Silverbacks BCHL 1 0 0 0 0
2005–06 Salmon Arm Silverbacks BCHL 1 0 0 0 0
2006–07 Salmon Arm Silverbacks BCHL 55 38 46 84 87
2007–08 Cornell University ECAC 36 12 20 32 28
2008–09 Cornell University ECAC 36 13 22 35 34
2009–10 Cornell University ECAC 30 12 24 36 39
2010–11 Charlotte Checkers AHL 79 14 18 32 26 16 1 3 4 16
2011–12 Charlotte Checkers AHL 58 8 12 20 26
2011–12 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 5 0 1 1 2
2012–13 Charlotte Checkers AHL 51 13 24 37 20 5 1 2 3 0
2012–13 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 32 4 5 9 8
2013–14 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 73 10 14 24 29
2014–15 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 68 8 17 25 12
NHL totals 178 22 37 59 51

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
BCHL Interior Conference Rookie of the Year 2006–07
All-ECAC Hockey Rookie Team 2007–08
ECAC Rookie of the Year 2007–08
Ivy League Hockey Rookie of the Year 2007–08
All-ECAC Hockey First Team 2008–09
All-ECAC Hockey Third Team 2009–10
ECAC Hockey All-Tournament Team 2010 [3]

Personal life[edit]

Riley has a brother, Brendon, who plays for the Hartford Wolf Pack in the AHL, and two sisters.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Sean Backman
Brandon Wong
ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year
2007–08
Succeeded by
Jody O'Neill
Preceded by
Alex Plante
Edmonton Oilers first round draft pick
2007
Succeeded by
Jordan Eberle