As many NHL stars adopted serious in-season and off-season conditioning programs to lengthen their careers, there was a trickle-down effect to hockey-playing teens.Rick got into the habit of monster workouts, and even attended week-long strength and conditioning camps when he was 13 and 15.Date of birth : 1984-06-16 Date of death : - Birthplace : Brampton, Ontario, Canada Nationality : Canadian Category : Sports Last modified : 2010-08-02 Credited as : NHL Ice hockey player, played for Columbus Blue Jackets, The NHL may consider itself a mans league, but with the likes of Rick Nash on the horizon, the kids may soon be running the show.
He tied for the tournament scoring lead with five goals in five games, while racking up 35 penalty minutes.
He was also inspired by Andrew Cassels, a fellow Bramptonian, who played for the Montreal Canadiens and Hartford Whalers when Rick was a kid.
Rick, tall and lanky through most of preadolescence, benefitted from a trend that was developing in the upper echelons of youth hockey.
All this with 12,000 fan screaming at the top of their lungs.
Rick played one year of Bantam for Toronto, scoring 61 times and tallying 54 assists in 34 games.