Canadiens sign Big Red defenceman

The team announcement:

General manager Pierre Gauthier announced today the signing of free agent defenseman Brendon Nash to a two-year contract (2010-11 and 2011-12).

Nash, who is currently completing his studies at Cornell University, plays with the Cornell Big Red in the ECAC of the NCAA.

Brendon Nash, who will turn 23 on Wednesday, March 31, is a 6’, 3’’, 206 lbs defenseman who hails from Kamloops, BC. In his last season at Cornell University in 2009-10 (team also includes his brother Riley), Nash led all team defensemen in scoring with 19 points in 33 games (2 goals, 17 assists).

He also served 48 penalty minutes. Nash recorded a total of 67 points (8 goals, 59 assists) and 173 penalty minutes in four full seasons with the Big Red. He also led all team defensemen in points in each the past three seasons.

From 2004 to 2006, Nash registered 60 points (9 goals, 51 assists) in 112 regular season games with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks of the BCHL (British Columbia Hockey League).

Nash participated in the Canadiens’ development camp in 2009.

From Hockey’s Future:

Nash is a smart, offensive-minded defenseman who possesses a nice
combination of size, mobility and puck skills. He uses his 6’3 frame and
long reach to great advantage, particularly in protecting or stripping
the puck. He’s also not afraid to join the offensive play. Defensively,
he is solid and keeps things pretty simple. Nash has great poise and
patience with the puck, but what sets him apart from many young
defensemen is in his timely passing ability, particularly on power
plays. Though he skates quite well for a big man, Nash needs to work on
having quicker feet. Developing speed and strength are two areas that
will be paramount to his future success.

Cornell head coach Mike Schafer’s comments on Nash: “With
Sasha Pokulok
and Ryan O’Byrne
signing pro contracts last summer, Brendan had a lot of responsibilities
as a freshman and he did a tremendous job. He logged as much ice time
as we could possibly give him and played in all situations. It’s just a
matter of Brendan continuing to excel. We expect big things from him
next year and I think he’ll be one of the top defensemen in our league.”


  1. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …I know there are quasi-scolarships, bursaries and incentives across Canada here and there

    …WHAT I am saying though is too many quality Canadian kids are thinking American universities AND hockey scholarship programmes BEFORE They are Canadian

    …it’s rare You will see a high-end player make the NHL out of a Canadian university program

    …OBVIOUSLY the Canadian scholarship programs are not as sophisticated or comprehensive as their American and NCAA counterparts

    …I am not saying hockey scolarships don’t exist in Canada for Canadian kids …WHAT I am saying is they are Mickey Mouse and half-assed and uncoordinated, unlike in the United States

    …the US universities make this work financially …WHY can’t also the Canadian universities in a financially-viable business way ? …why shouldn’t athletics be complimentary to Canadian universities’ business plans as well as academic ?

    …the number of smart young Canadian kids who also are elite-hockey talent ARE as We speak crossing the border in growing exponential numbers …all We have to do is note where an increasingly growing number of top-end Canadian players being signed by NHL teams are coming from …NCAA/American university programs …doesn’t THAT say Canadian universities should start being a little more imaginative and aggressive trying to keep the majority of these kids in Our own elite-development programs ?

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  2. Habitant in Surrey says:

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    …DUH Boy …that is so ignorant, elitist and condescending it doesn’t deserve a response

  3. doug19 says:

    Well we will soon see if the Habs can win the important games and who on the team can raise their game a couple of notches. Wow the Bruins,Rangers and Atlanta sure raised their games did last night.

  4. ed lopaz says:

    not sure if this will help because I’m replying 12 hours later to your post.

    the answer to your question is quite ironic, in fact.

    the sports scholarships to attend canadian universities are available – but do you know who is paying for them?

    are you sitting down?

    Canadian Major Junior Hockey teams.

    That’s right Major Junior.

    If you check out the web sites for the Q, Ohl, WHL, you will be able to read about the programs.

    The leagues themselves are paying the players a certain amount of money in scholarships if they go on to university, and many of the teams are topping up that number.

    I know the Montreal Juniors quite well.

    Part of their plan – when they target a kid who wants to go play US College hockey –  is to offer to pay the entire tuition of any Canadian university.

    check it out.

    not many people are aware of this program and people assume that Major Junior and Canadian universities are world’s apart.

    The Canadian university teams are FULL of major junior players that did not go pro.

    In fact, a kid these days has little or no chance to walk on and make a Canadian Univeristy hockey team – because almost all of spots are taken by major junior players attending the university on their major junior team’s scholarship money.

  5. nunacanadien says:

    Way to go PG, time to stop your theory of whether small shrimp size players including defensemen can win NHL hockey games, concentrate on hockey instead.  Sign big, play big, lose small.

  6. Jbird says:

    Carolina would have to lose tonight as well.  

  7. MontrealAtheist says:

    D’uh … Maybe it’s because (most) Canadian universities want to attract smart/intelligent students and no dumb low lives who can’t do anything in life besides playing hoop or hockey? Trust me, the Canadian system is way better off the way it is. There are some things in the US that we’d better not emulate …

  8. Chorske says:

    See my post re my experience teaching NCAA athletes below. I can’t speak for UNC, but I am willing to bet that they are if anything more stringent than the state school where I taught. So with due respect, you’re full of hot air.

  9. christophor says:

    that is called a joke, my friend. by your response, i dont know if you got that. sorry

  10. Tis Himself says:

    I got tossed in my first interview for Harvard on a layup. The iterviewer asked my what I would major in if I was accepted at Harvard College? I answered, Economics, not something useless ike Latin. Poop me, that was her major! I tried to recover that she could have a great conversation with St. Thomas More if they were to ever meet on the streets of Boston! Done as I was, I tried to pull the keeper and tie it up!

  11. Tis Himself says:

    We’re on the same page. The real thing is providing a future for all the guys who don’t go pro. That is the real litmus test for success!

  12. showey47 says:

    “face palms”, fully clothed? Thats where i went wrong.

  13. HardHabits says:

    To be fair, personal computers didn’t exist in his time but his campus did have a computer. It took up three rooms and had a total of 16 bits of memory.

  14. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …We apparently agree and think the same on this Brian

    …it is hopefully something the boards of Canadian universities start to figure-out and implement asap

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  15. EricInStL says:

    It’s all your fault, it’s all your fault…..

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  16. Tis Himself says:

    Bill, you’re out there on this one in general, but when it comes to hockey, you are not even close.  The ECAC where O’Byrne and today’s signing came from don’t even grant athletic scholarships. Hate to break it to you, but these are real schools, especially when it comes to hockey programs. Considering that I went to Columbia, all I would have to do to get into your most selective universities would have merely been to show up fully clothed for the interview.

  17. Tis Himself says:

    I hate to ever, ever hold the NCAA up as a model — it actually works in ice hockey though — but I really think the future is to somehow develop the Canadian University league so they are on par with their USA counterparts.  The CHL scholarship system has only a fuzzy link to real college educations in Canada from what I can discern. The Canadian universities that feel that developing athletics negatively effect their reputations should reflect upon how many of your nationals come down here for their college educations. I am biased toward NCAA D-1, but I long for the day when McGill or the U of T would go for all the marbles against Wisconsin or Boston College. Anything that expands our sport makes it better!

  18. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …unlike the average basketball player in the States, the average Canadian kid wanting to be educated at the same time as chasing His hockey dream is more intellectually capable to carry a reasonable academic load at the same time

    …those that can’t can opt for the CHL

    …I would say MOST of the kids playing today in the CHL, when pushed, would handle the academics as well as hockey

    …the ‘Real Joke’ is when some of these kids put all Their youth and heart into making an NHL career …and finding Their skills or fate is not on Their side

    …at some point the Canadian hockey system will have to wake-up to the realization these kids’ overall life without hockey options and needs must be the first priority

    …kids and parents are much smarter and savvy today than when I was growing up …either We develop/provide those hockey/educational options HERE in Canada, or the American development path will be so far ahead We will find it difficult down-the-road to catch-up

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  19. Bill says:

    Athletic scholarships are a joke, and I’m glad that Canadian universities aren’t run like their American counterparts in this regard. It would be one thing if the scholarships went to people who actually ALSO BELONGED at a university, but they don’t in most cases. Universities like North Carolina must have to be pretty creative in creating courses that their basketball rosters can pass …

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  20. HabFab says:

    Not his fault, computers didn’t exist when he attended university.

  21. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Brian I believe BOTH the CHL and a Canadian university scholarship system would be completely compatible and viable in Canada

    …it’s only the shortsighted false-elitist Canadian academics controlling Our universities whom condescend on athletics that are getting in the way

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  22. Tis Himself says:


  23. RetroMikey says:

    We got to win at least 4 of 6, and it will not be easy.  Those injured Bruins just beat those friggin Devils on their home ice!  They will not quit just like Atlanta.

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  24. topher5468 says:

    I know you have your reasons, but its hard to not like a trade when a drft pick is involved when we have no idea who that player will be, A better assessment should be made next year

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  25. HardHabits says:

    The Normal 0 false false false argument.

  26. Tis Himself says:

    post!  Unfortunately, the biggest
    impediment to developing Canadian college hockey is major junior hockey, or the
    CHL.  As long as that system exists,
    university hockey will be a backwater and players wanting more than hockey in
    their lives will go south to the NCAA. 
    Major junior might work for maybe 1% of those that want to pursue
    professional careers, but for the remaining 99%, they leave with absolutely
    nothing. They are ready for nothing but to drive the local Molson truck.  Fewer guys might get a shot at the show from
    D-1, but their careers prospects are much better away from hockey.

  27. Bill says:

    Just for the record, I still don’t like the Moore trade.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  28. habs_1993 says:

    great……Boston and Atlanta won….we better win in Carolina

  29. Bill says:

    Oh, well OKAY then, he sucks.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  30. topher5468 says:

    No help tonight, so if this team is going to make it, they won’t be backing in. They are going to have to win to make it.

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  31. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …more on topic: sure wish I was drinking my coffee while reading this thread, and it told Me We have just signed RICK Nash

    …would have put a real spring in my step this mornin’

    …a talent like Rick Nash is such a ‘waste’ in a hockey wasteland like Columbus Ohio

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  32. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …I have never understood why Canadian universities have not embraced sport scholarship programs like in the United States

    …I understand only certain universities likely have relative resources and our universities want to uphold academic integrity …but especially development of Canadian kids in American universities seems so wasteful and ironic

    …there must be a way for Canadian universities to provide Canadian (and American) kids an academic/athletic program here in Canada at least as good or better than the NCAA

    …at some point in the future Canada will lose the opportunity, and it will be reflected in American hockey progressing through a more overall more well-rounded alternative for Our elite-athletes

    …Canadian universities have long resisted sport scholorship programs, but especially relevent to hockey They must look more realistically especially at integrating hockey scholarships for Canadian kids to stay in Canada

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  33. SeriousFan09 says:

    The Devils can never be useful can they? They’re at the very least handing the Ruins a loser point tonight.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  34. nickster13 says:

    are you saying you hope he gets fired? if so i agree, Don cherry takes away all the credibility of hockey night in canada. Not that it had much, but yeah. at least TSN has some actual hockey analysis and actual discussion. Don cherry talks about his new favourite prospect from kingston, then switches to some reference of bobby orr, and finds a way to diss visors. Then when Ron maclean makes a pitiful attempt to speak, he just gets cut off by don anyways.

    HNIC has become a farce and a drama anyways, and the worst part is they dont even have good announcers to at least make the actual game part worth watching on that channel.

  35. Mattyleg says:

    All six remaining.

    Not gonna happen.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  36. Say Ash says:

    Say you were trying to intercept a pass with only one hand on the stick, or reaching in the corner for a puck – probably using your strong hand, top of stick, no?

  37. Mattyleg says:

    And the retarded Cherry-Milbury “Partnership of Failure” the Canadian Bonehead Corporation employs for reasons unbeknownst to anyone…

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  38. Say Ash says:

    Six straight?

  39. nickster13 says:

    I hope the bruins lose tonight and dont make the playoffs. maybe that will shut up the cocky bruins fans

  40. DMAN says:

    Someone asked why the Habs seemed to go after the educated. I don’t know. If they are looking for a reason, I would say Ken Dryden is  a pretty good reason!

  41. Tis Himself says:

    Did you think his name was Cornellov?

  42. Tis Himself says:

    God, in most walks of life this guy would be on the dole. Only in the NHL could a guy like him be employed.

  43. Mattyleg says:

    Yep, if they lose, they’re out.

    I did the math today, and if the Leafs won all their remaining 6 games, and Boston lost all of their 7 remaining, and the Thrashers only won one, and the Rangers 2, etc, the Leafs would make it into the playoffs.

    To quote Lloyd Christmas: “So you’re saying there’s a chance!!”

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  44. HardHabits says:

    Lee has a copy of the soon to be released NHL rulebook which has the clear penalty for goaltending:

    the violation of interfering with the puck when it is on its way to the net and it is (a) in the air, (b) entirely between the posts and below the crossbar and has the possibility of entering the net, and (c) is not touching the posts or crossbar.

  45. bigjames says:

    i believe that if the leafs lose tonight they are mathematically eliminated. (please someone correct me if i am wrong). but i am still nervous about atlanta catching the habs even though i know their schedule for the last 5 games is very rough!

  46. Eliisa says:

    My thoughts exactly. I have been following the games online – not looking overly promising right now. Scoreless in New Jersey and Thrashers are up 2-0.

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