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The Questions with Rick Nash

Oct. 23, 2006
Oct. 23, 2006

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The Questions with Rick Nash

Blue Jackets Left Wing

What was yourwelcome-to-the- NHL moment?

My first training camp [in 2002]. You're used to scoring against 18- and19-year-olds. Suddenly you're up against defensemen who are 28 or 30.

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Your mostembarrassing moment?

When I was a peewee [age 8 or 9], I always got the hand-me-down equipment frommy older brother. I was wearing his old jock, and it had a hole in it. The cupcame out and fell on the ice. The ref came by and said, "Whose isthis?" Nobody's hand came up. I wasn't going to put mine up.

If I weren't inthe NHL, I'd be ... a gym teacher because it's in sports, handling kids andteaching.

If I werecommissioner for a day, I'd ...

make the schedule so that you play every team home-and-home, at least. Everyoneshould get a piece of everybody. Last season the eventual Stanley Cup finalistsdidn't see each other all year. It would be better for fans if that werechanged.

LAST WEEK

Nash, 22, theJackets' top goal scorer the past two seasons, had six points as Columbus gotoff to a 2-1-1 start.

THIS WEEK

When Columbushosts the Maple Leafs on Friday, Nash, who grew up near Toronto, will face hischildhood hockey idol, Mats Sundin.

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