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Columbus Blue Jackets to retire Rick Nash’s number, first in franchise history

Apr 28, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Rick Nash (61) during the second period of game one of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 28, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Rick Nash (61) during the second period of game one of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Rick Nash will become the first player in the 22-year history of the Columbus Blue Jackets to have his number retired.

The Blue Jackets will honor Nash in a pregame ceremony and raise a No. 61 banner into the rafters at Nationwide Arena before their game against the Boston Bruins on March 5.

“Only one player can be the first to have their jersey retired by a franchise and with everything that Rick has meant to the Blue Jackets it is fitting that he is the one,” Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson said in a news release.

Nash spent the first nine years of his NHL career with Columbus after the organization made him the first overall pick in the 2002 NHL Draft. He is the Jackets’ all-time leader in games played (674), goals (289), assists (258) and points (547).

The left winger also spent six seasons with the New York Rangers before finishing his career with 11 games for Boston in 2017-18. He scored 437 goals in 1,060 games.

–Field Level Media