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Rick Nash Retires

We have a sudden retirement to talk about as Rick Nash has retired from professional hockey. In a statement from his agent the retirement stemmed from “unresolved issues from the concussion sustained last March”.  That was one of many concussions that Nash sustained over his career.

A six time All Star, Nash was the first overall pick in 2002 by the Columbus Blue Jackets and in his second season he would win the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Award as the leading goal scorer in the National Hockey League.  Nash played for Columbus for nine seasons and after his rookie season he never had less than 54 Points in a season and he was a 30 Goal scorer seven times.  

He would be traded to the New York Rangers but he was not as consistent a player but he did have a 69 Point season in 2014-15.  He would finish his professional career last season with Boston.  Nash would score 805 Points over his career and Internationally he was a two time Olympic Gold Medalist for Canada (2010 & 2014) and a World Hockey Championship Gold Medalist once in 2007.  

Nash will be eligible for the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2021 but is likely a fringe candidate.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Rick Nash on having a wonderful career and we wish him the best in his post playing career.

Major Update: Our Hockey List has been revised, now up to 300!

It is a pretty big day for us at Notinhalloffame.com as we are unveiling our new Notinhalloffame Hockey List of those to consider for the Hockey Hall of Fame.  

However, this is not just any list, as we have expanded it to 300!

First, off we know what you might be thinking;

“There is no way that any of those players from ___ to 300 will get into the Hall of Fame.”.

We agree.  It isn’t likely to happen.  Obviously, we love lists, and that is, and always will be, the crux of what we do.  Think of them as a great batch of players, all of which were damned good and any bottom 25 of whomever is on our 300 (providing there is a Goalie there) could win a Stanley Cup.  

Let’s move on…

We have not just added new entries up to 300, but retooled those that were already listed.

The first thing we did was remove the four former players who were inducted into the Class of 2020.  That consisted of Jarome Iginla (#1), Marion Hossa (#10), Doug Wilson (#14) and Kevin Lowe (#37).  

We then added the new entries who are now eligible for the Class of 2021.  Afterwards, we altered rankings based on your comments and votes.

Before we continue, please note that the Hockey Hall of Fame recently announced that due to the pandemic, they have pushed back the Class of 2020 ceremony to November of next year.  Hall of Fame Chairman, Lanny McDonald said that there might be a dual ceremony with the Class of 2021, or that the 2021 Class might not happen at all.  We certainly are praying that the latter is not the case.

Please note that we do not currently rank women, coaches or builders, although we do have Don Cherry listed.  That is our only exception, which is grandfathered in.

The entire list can be found here, but here is the revised top ten:

1.Henrik Sedin:  Sedin tops the 2021 list, and the career Vancouver Canuck is a former Hart Trophy winner, which usually means you are entering the Hall. If you don’t go by that, he is also a former Art Ross Trophy winner, and every eligible Art Ross winner are in Toronto.

2. Daniel Sedin:  The twin brother of Henrik also played his entire NHL career with the Canucks, but he is not a Hart winner.  That shouldn’t matter as his accolades include an Art Ross (see above), and he won the Ted Lindsay Award.  The Sedins are also Olympic Gold Medalists for Sweden.

3. Alexander Mogilny: The Russian has been eligible since 2009 and was once #1 on our list.  Mogilny, who led the NHL in Goals in 1993, was ranked second number two.

4. Theoren Fleury:  Dropping from #3, Fleury won the Stanley Cup with Calgary in 1989 and the Gold Medal with Canada in 2002.  He is a seven-time All-Star.

5. Daniel Alfredsson: Alfredsson remains at #5, and is one of three Swedish players in the top five.  Playing mostly with the Ottawa Senators, Alfredsson is a six-time All-Star and Olympic Gold Medalist with Sweden in 2006.

6. Don Cherry:  Cherry drops from #4, and at one time he was ranked #1 on our list.  It has not been a good twelve months for Cherry, as he was fired from Sportsnet for what was deemed racist comments.  As mentioned above, Cherry is the lone exception to our rule about ranking coaches/builders in our core lists.

7. Jeremy Roenick:  You could say that Jeremy Roenick had the same year as Cherry, as the acerbic American lost his job with NBC due to sexist comments on a podcast. That does not affect his on-ice accomplishments, which were nine All-Stars and 1,200 Points.  He moves up from #8.

8. Pierre Turgeon:  Turgeon drops from #6, and he has 1,327 career Points and was a four-time All-Star.

9. John LeClair:  LeClair holds on to his number nine slot, and he was chosen for two First Team All-Stars and three Second Team All-Stars.  LeClair accomplished this with Philadelphia and he was a Stanley Cup Champion with the Montreal Canadiens.

10. Bernie Nicholls:  Nicholls drops three spots and concludes our top ten.  He is a three-time All-Star with over 1,200 NHL Points.

There are other significant debuts to our list.  

Swedish Center, Henrik Zetterberg is at #29.  He played his entire NHL career with the Detroit Red Wings, and he is a member of the Triple Gold Club.  Just behind him is Rick Nash who makes his first appearance at #30. Nash was a two-time All-Star and a two-time Gold Medal winner with Canada.  Three-time Stanley Cup Champion,Patrick Sharp, debuts at #75.  Scott Hartnell comes in at #106.

You know what we want you to do!

Take a. look and cast your votes and offer your opinions.

As always, we thank you for your support.

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30. Rick Nash

Rick Nash was the first overall pick in the 2002 NHL Draft and he would quickly prove to the Columbus Blue Jackets that they made a good selection.  As a sophomore Nash would put he puck in the net 41 times, which was enough to win the Maurice Richard trophy for the most Goals in a Season.  Nash would never win that award again but he would have seven more 30 Goal campaigns, two of which were at least 40.

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