Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/06/11 at 08:02 AM ET
from Tom Reed of the Cleveland Plain Dealer,
Rick Nash is arguably the most accomplished athlete playing for an Ohio pro sports franchise.
Among the state’s best, he might also be its most anonymous.
Such is reality for the Blue Jackets’ 27-year-old captain: a player regarded as elite in NHL circles and obscure in the minds of Cleveland and Cincinnati fans with little hockey intellect and enough losing teams.
Never mind that Nash has made more All-Star appearances than Reds slugger Joey Votto and has graced as many video-game covers as Browns running back Peyton Hillis. Or, that he exhibits the modesty and loyalty that fans say they still desire in their heroes.
The combination of his sport’s 60-watt appeal in the United States and his team’s inability to win with regularity has stunted the popularity of the six-time 30-goal scorer.
I wonder how many hockey players would receive such a tag. Does the same hold true in your state?
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