Nash said that he wasn't sure if being named to Team Canada was the reason he started scoring in January, but what he did know was that the puck started going in. (ESPN.com)
Nash's spot, a defensive role, was debated with Patrice Bergeron and Logan Couture also in the mix and Couture was the one left off the team. (ESPN.com)
Mike Babcock praised Nash for the role he had in 2010 and Jonathon Toews said that Nash always play well in international competition. (ESPN.com)
8:34AM: In early practices in Russia, Rick Nash is skating with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp.
Nash and Sharp were a two-way line in 2010, with Mike Richards, that was usually tasked with shutting down the oppositions best forwards.
Nash was selected to Team Canada based on his previous experience with Hockey Canada and said that it's now up to him to prove to everyone that they made the right choice. (NHL.com)
Ken Hitchcock, an associate coach for Team Canada, said that the decision makers weren't worried about Nash because they know how he works with Toews and that he can play a big defensive role and be a "heck of a PK guy." (NHL.com)
Mike Babcock said that Nash is a real solid player who can do a bunch of different things for Canada. (NHL.com)
TSN asked a question in January of whether Rick Nash's increase in production sine the Olympic roster was named was a coincidence or a move to prove detractors wrong:
- Marty Biron said, "he is proving the experts wrong I will put myself in that group. I had him off Team Canada but since the announcement he is playing really well. Since he came back from his concussion earlier this year, feeling comfortable. He is taking the puck to the net and he is doing it at a high level."
- Darren Dreger said, "I am saying coincidence because the coaching staff always had Rick Nash on this team. He is an elite talent and he is proving it."
- Aaron Ward said, "there is an edge in a player, it is instilled to have a competitive nature and when you are slighted you want to prove people wrong. It's no coincidence that his team has also picked up.
- James Duthie added, "it just seems like the wait of the world is off his shoulders."