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Rick Nash thanks Columbus fans with full-page ad

Aug 3, 2012, 11:20 AM EDT

Rick Nash ad

After spending his entire career to this point in Columbus, Rick Nash is saying farewell to the city the way athletes can best get the word out: With a full-page newspaper ad.

Nash posted his ad in The Columbus Dispatch with a letter thanking the fans for their support.

“Dear Blue Jackets Fans,

Thank you for the unwavering support you’ve shown me over the past nine seasons.

I am so fortunate to have had the chance to call Columbus home and to say proudly I am from the Buckeye state.

Thanks for the memories. Thanks for everything.

Rick Nash”

Sweet, touching, and to the point. Now Nash will have to hope that small-town charm can play big in New York City with the Rangers.

(tweet photo courtesy of @NatalieKTaylor)

  1. freneticgarfieldfan - Aug 3, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    “I am so fortunate to have had the chance to call Columbus home”, but I’m even much more happy to leave at the first occasion (or why do you think I asked for a trade?)

    • jl9830 - Aug 3, 2012 at 12:22 PM

      This was the first chance he’s had in ten years to leave?

      • barkar942 - Aug 3, 2012 at 12:50 PM

        Perhaps even though Howson threw Rick under the bus at the trade deadline, interesting articles I found here- called betrayed part 1, and then continue to read part 2.

        If any of the reported issues in part 2 are true, Rick held all the cards and Howson had no choice but to take what he got from the Rangers in return or risk being called out and his reputation destroyed by Nash.

      • east96st - Aug 3, 2012 at 3:58 PM

        barkar – 1) you reference a blog written by a guy pretending to be a squirrel. 2) nothing written in that blog that wasn’t written here weeks ago 3) Howson has no reputation left to destroy. The entire NHL and all of Columbus knows what he is – a running joke. The fans have carried signs, held gatherings, and chanted to have Howson fired. The point of the squirrel blog, and, again, it’s a point that has been brought up here, was Howson fell on his sword to protect Mike Priest, the president, and McConnell the owner. No shock there, really. Which leads me to the final question – what does any of this have to do with Rick’s ad?

  2. theenutty - Aug 3, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Should have added:

    “it wasnt because any of you, but rather the incompetent ownership and management that would have a hard time making a cheese sandwich let alone run a professional sports team”

  3. polegojim - Aug 3, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Nice and classy gesture.

    Columbus could only HOPE to see one of these soon from Scott Howson….

  4. mclovinhockey - Aug 3, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    After seeing the flying Hawaiian do the same thing yesterday, he decided to do his own. It’s classy and I know Shane isn’t the first athlete to do this, I just think in Nash’s head he was like, oh yeah I should do that as well after seeing it.

    • biasedhomer - Aug 3, 2012 at 12:32 PM

      Really? You think Nash even knows who Victorino is? And vice versa?

      Ryan Dempster also took out an ad, who did he follow?

    • m1lla7 - Aug 3, 2012 at 12:43 PM

      Lidstrom took an ad out when he retired also.

  5. dkphilly1122 - Aug 3, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    3 Athletes in 3 days. Victorino’s classy ad to us diehard Phillies fans, Dempster’s classy ad to the diehard Cub fans and now Nash’s short but sweet ad to, ummm Columbus has fans?? Either way, all three are the right thing to do after spending a period of time with one team.

    • east96st - Aug 3, 2012 at 12:13 PM

      Columbus does, in fact, have fans. On the downside, certainly not as many as Philadelphia. Philly is the 5th largest city and Columbus is the 15th, based on population. But, on the upside, we were never voted the worse fans in America.

      • jimeejohnson - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:32 PM

        Always had a great time at Buckeye Lake. I cannot afford a full page thank you ad, though. So I say right here, right now: Thanks, Columbus!

  6. chazxcore - Aug 3, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    I am sure the 5 Blue Jackets fans that read the newspaper feel better.

  7. rushledger - Aug 3, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    I doubt they’ll boo him in his return he didn’t walk away for nothing they got what management wanted I guess plus there’s no one else in franchise history they can be proud of like Nash I’m sure most CBJ fans are rooting for him to win a cup come playoff time.

  8. somekat - Aug 3, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Was the Columbus paper so inundated with advertising offers that it was like 10 days since the trade before he could get his add?

    Shane Victorino got one in the Philly paper in like 6 hours

    • contraryguy - Aug 3, 2012 at 2:26 PM

      The Dispatch is one foot in the grave; I’m surprised they even have someone answering the phones at the office.

  9. illadelphiasphinest - Aug 3, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Little late with that pal.

  10. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Aug 3, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    I know this seems like standard practice for tenured athletes leaving a city, but it really is a nice gesture for the fans. I still remember how much it meant to see Doc’s letter to Toronto after he left.

    • freneticgarfieldfan - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:45 PM

      They’d better spend the money for charity.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Aug 3, 2012 at 5:03 PM

        Why can’t they do both? They certainly have the funds to.

  11. hitem396 - Aug 3, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    no soul heart farewell.

  12. jacketsfan7 - Aug 3, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    He couldve made it longer

  13. dannythebisforbeast - Aug 4, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    He should have mailed them all a personal letter at 45 cent a stamp probably would have been cheaper

  14. grlscout - Aug 6, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    I love the addition of Nash to our roster but am I the only one that is sad to see Dubinsky go??

    • hockeydragon - Aug 7, 2012 at 3:00 PM

      No, grlscout, I’m with you on this one… sad to see him go too, and I think BlueShirts fans will miss him greatly!

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