Riley is single and spends his summers in British Columbia… His nickname is Nasher, and his older brother, Brendon, plays for HC Kladno in the Czech league… His cousin, Kelly Olynyk, plays in the NBA for the Boston Celtics… Riley is involved with a number of charities in his home town of Kamloops, B.C.… He started playing hockey at the age of 3 and his first youth team was in the Initiation A program in Kamloops… His parents had the biggest influence on his career… His favorite player growing up was Steve Yzerman and his favorite team was Vancouver… Riley’s first job was working as an eaves trough installer with his father… His favorite television show is Suits, favorite movie is Old School and favorite actor is Will Ferrell… His favorite musical artist is North Carolina native Eric Church… His biggest game-day habit is having ice cream at the pregame meal… He enjoys golfing or going to dinner with the guys when he is away from the rink… His favorite food is sushi and favorite website is barstoolsports.com… His Twitter username is @rileynash20… His favorite vacation spot is his cabin on Shuswap Lake… Riley’s biggest talent outside of hockey is wake surfing… He enjoys watching football and college basketball… His favorite non-hockey athlete is Mike Trout and favorite team outside of hockey is the Toronto Blue Jays… His favorite road city is Chicago, favorite road arena is Bell Centre and favorite team to play against is Toronto… His most memorable hockey moment was playing his first NHL game “in front of the awesome Caniacs.”
Completed his fourth NHL season with Carolina… Established career highs in assists (17) and points (25) in 68 games played… Ranked fourth on the team in faceoff win percentage (50.9%)… Was fourth among Carolina forwards with 88 hits… Ranked second among Carolina forwards with 46 blocked shots… Was third on the team with 52 takeaways… Recorded an assist in the season opener vs. NYI (10/10)… Earned his first multi-point game of the season with a goal and an assist vs. BUF (10/14)… Skated a season-high 22:24 and tallied an assist at WPG (10/21)… Scored a goal at CBJ on 11/4 to stretch his point streak to three games (11/1-11/4: 1g, 2a)… Notched a goal and an assist at WSH (11/8)… Scored a goal and was (+2) in back-to-back games vs. BUF (1/8) and at STL (1/10)… Games missed due to injury: 8 (Concussion: 3/29-4/11)… Was a healthy extra for: 6 games… Longest goal streak: 2 games (1/8-1/0: 2g, 0a)… Longest assist streak: 3 games (11/8-11/13: 1g, 3a)… Longest point streak: 3 games (11/1-11/14: 1g, 2a; 11/8-11/13: 1g, 3a)… Multi-assist games: 1 (11/22 at COL: 0g, 2a)… Multi-point games: 3 (10/14 vs. BUF: 1g, 1a; 11/8 at WSH: 1g, 1a; 11/22 at COL: 0g, 2a).
Is in his fifth NHL season with the Hurricanes… Acquired by Carolina from Edmonton on 6/26/10 in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft… Signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Hurricanes on 7/9/13… Had 89 points (35g, 54a) and 72 penalty minutes in 188 career American Hockey League (AHL) regular-season games entering 2013-14… Was a first-round selection by the Oilers in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft… Finished his three-year career at Cornell University with 102 points (37g, 65a) and 101 penalty minutes in 102 games… Was plus-23 for his collegiate career, and was teammates at Cornell with his brother, Brendon, who currently plays for HC Kladno of the Czech league.
2006-07: Earned Interior Conference Rookie of the Year honors for the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL), after leading Salmon Arm skaters with 95 points (42g, 53a) in 66 regular-season and playoff games… Was also named team MVP.
2007-08: Was named both ECAC and Ivy League Rookie of the Year, after finishing second among Cornell skaters in scoring with 32 points on 12 goals and a team-best 20 assists during his freshman season… Was Cornell’s first Ivy League Rookie of the Year since Denis Ladouceur in 1999 and its first ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year since David McKee in 2004… Had a team-high 10 multi-point games and his 32 points were the most for a Cornell freshman since Kyle Knopp earned 33 in 1995-96.
2008-09: Was named to the ECAC First Team and earned honorable-mention All-Ivy League honors during his sophomore year, leading the Big Red with 35 points (13g, 22a)… Had eight multi-point games, including a four-point effort vs. Union College (2/21)… Had a career-best three assists vs. Rensselaer (3/15)… Was invited to the selection camp for Team Canada for the 2009 World Junior Championships, but did not make the final roster.
2009-10: Was named third-team All-ECAC and honorable mention All-Ivy League after totaling 35 points (12g, 23a) in 30 games for Cornell… Reached the 100-point mark for his collegiate career… Had nine multi-point games to complete his collegiate career with 27 multi-point efforts in three seasons… Earned at least one point in seven of the season’s first eight games… Notched three points (2g, 1a) vs. Colgate (2/16)… Closed out the season with a point in each of his final five games, including five points in Cornell’s ECAC quarterfinal series against Harvard… Missed four games to injury, marking his only games missed during his collegiate career.
2010-11: Completed his first professional season, ranking second among Charlotte (AHL) rookies with 32 points (14g, 18a) in 79 games… Led Checkers rookie forwards in plus/minus (+5)… Made his professional debut at Connecticut (10/9)… Earned his first AHL points with a pair of assists at Binghamton (10/30)… Scored his first AHL goal vs. Portland (11/3)… Earned his first multi-goal game with a pair of tallies vs. Syracuse (12/6)… Totaled four points (1g, 3a) in 16 Calder Cup Playoff games, as the Checkers advanced to the Eastern Conference Final before falling to Binghamton.
2011-12: Appeared in his first NHL season, spending the majority of the season with Carolina’s AHL affiliate, Charlotte… Skated in five NHL games for Carolina, averaging 10:34 in ice time per game and recording one assist… Had 20 points (8g, 12a) in 58 games with Charlotte (AHL)… Scored six of his eight AHL goals on the power play, ranking tied for fourth among Checkers… Was recalled to the NHL for the first time on 12/21… Made his NHL debut and was (even) in 13:02 of ice time vs. PHX (12/21)… Earned his first career NHL point with an assist on Andreas Nodl’s goal vs. OTT (12/23)… Reassigned to Charlotte (AHL) on 12/23… Finished the month of January with eight points (4g, 4a) in eight AHL games, including three multi-point games… Served a second NHL stint from 1/30-2/6, skating in three games without earning a point… Missed 16 AHL games due to injury.
2012-13: Appeared in 32 NHL games with Carolina, totaling four goals and five assists (9 points)… Also played 51 games with Charlotte in the AHL, ranking fifth among Checkers skaters in scoring with 37 points (13g, 24a)… Was second among Charlotte players in plus/minus (+14) and fourth in assists (24)… Had a four-point AHL game (2g, 2a) at Milwaukee (2/16) and was recalled to the NHL two days later… Made his NHL season debut for Carolina at MTL (2/18)… Scored his first NHL goal and earned his first career multi-point game with a career-high three points (1g, 2a) vs. FLA (3/2)… Earned his first career multi-goal game with a pair of tallies at WSH (3/12)… Scored the game-winning goal in the shootout vs. NYI (4/23)… Reassigned to Charlotte on 4/24 for the AHL’s Calder Cup Playoffs, where he totaled three points (1g, 2a) in five games.
2013-14: Established career highs in games played (73) and goals (10)… Ranked tied for third on the team with a career-high three game-winning goals… Tallied his first NHL game-winning goal at NSH (12/5)… Scored a goal in consecutive games for the first time in his career (12/5-12/6)… Recorded a career-high 15 penalty minutes at EDM (12/10)… Played in his 100th NHL/Hurricanes game and won a career-high 13 faceoffs vs. NYI (3/25)… Matched his career high with two assists vs. CBJ (3/29)… Games missed due to injury: 5.