Rick Nash officially returns to CBJ


COLUMBUS, OH – JANUARY 13: Former Columbus Blue Jackets player Rick Nash, appearing with his family, is honored prior to the start of the game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the New York Rangers on January 13, 2019 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Nash retired from the NHL on Friday, January 11,2019. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Earlier this season, former Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash announced his retirement from hockey as a player. He immediately returned to Columbus, where he maintained a home and enjoyed an All-Star career over 9 seasons with the CBJ.

Thursday, his new career was also launched in Columbus. Nash has been named a special assistant to the general manager for the CBJ, giving Nash an official front office title for a job he’s been performing for several months. 

Nash will serve in the roles of player evaluation, prospect development and recruitment. 

“Rick is the most decorated player in Blue Jackets history and was one of the game’s most respected players during a career that included multiple All-Star Games, Olympic and World Championship gold medals and a Stanley Cup Final appearance,” said CBJ general manager Jarmo Kekalainen in a news release. “He cares deeply about the Blue Jackets and the city of Columbus and will be a great addition to our organization.”

The Jackets announced other promotions, including Bill Zito assuming the role of senior Vice President of Hockey Operations and alternate governor for the team. 

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