September 9, 2010 // 12:13pm ET
Five minutes with Rick Nash
By Marc Pannia, TheFourthPeriod.com
Period recently caught up with NHL superstar and
Columbus Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash at the Hockey
Hall of Fame while promoting the brand new NHL 2K11
game for Nintendo Wii.
TFP: Why are you here today Rick?
Rick Nash: I'm here promoting 2K11 Ryan
Kesler's game, he's on the cover. I was on the cover
two years ago and you know the game has come a long
way and have made some pretty cool jumps from 2K9.
We're just here promoting it and teaching people how
to play it.
TFP: Are you doing all the promoting work to
boost your rating?
Rick Nash: Hahaha, yeah to boost my
rating and hopefully get some free games out of
it! But I think I am up at a 95 now.
TFP: That's not bad at all
Rick Nash: Yeah, I know I am pretty high.
I am pretty happy about it. I think I'm
over-achieving a bit right now
TFP: When you play the game, do you use
Rick Nash: Yea, I do sometimes. But if I
really need a win or to beat someone I will
probably use a Pittsburgh or Chicago.
TFP: In "Be A GM" mode do you fill in
Doug MacLean as your GM?
Rick Nash: Of course! Oh yeah, I have to.
Doug is a great GM and a good friend and I think
he did a great job in Columbus; well he brought
me there so I am hoping he did a good job.
TFP: So, how is your summer going? What
are you doing to get in shape for the 2010-11
Rick Nash: Just training every day, back
on the ice quite a bit now, just trying to stay
away from fast food and things like that.
TFP: Being the captain of the Blue
Jackets, do you have control over the music in
Rick Nash: I am happy to say that when it
comes to music I have final say. But you know we
have guys from out West that love country, guys
from around Toronto that love rap, we got some
Euros that listen to Abba and all that different
kind of stuff. It's kind of a good mix, but at
the end of the day I have earned the right to
TFP: So what's on your playlist?
Rick Nash: I am into a bit of everything,
but mostly just punk, like Blink182 and Greenday,
those kinds of bands.
TFP: Finally Rick, as the captain it's
your job to lead the team. Can you give us a
quick speech you would tell the boys to get them
fired up before you hit the ice?
Rick Nash: You know, I am not much of a
talker, but if I did it would probably be
something like: "Tonight is the night we're
going do it! It's a big game and we need you to
leave everything out on the ice" and then I
would probably just slam my stick on the ground
and say "Lets go!!"
TFP: Thanks for your time Rick
Rick Nash: My pleasure, see you again