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Two Decades After Childhood Injury, Riley Nash Making Most Of His Role

Two Decades After Childhood Injury, Riley Nash Making Most Of His Role

The following article was published to boston.cbslocal.com on December 4, 2017 featuring Cornell University alum Riley Nash.

By Matt Kallman 

BOSTON (CBS) — Seeing the result of Celtics star Gordon Hayward’s fractured ankle this fall caused Bruins forward Riley Nash to have a flashback.

Nash suffered a spiral fracture his right tibia (shinbone) during a minor hockey tournament in Vancouver when he was around 10 years old. Nash and Hayward’s breaks were in different places, but the post-injury pictures were similar in that they both depicted leg bones broken and twisted the wrong way.

“When I saw the picture of his foot, I was like that was exactly how mine was,” Nash recently told me. “I looked down at my foot. I thought I had sprained my ankle. When you’re that age, pain is pain. It hurt a lot but I tried to skate off and I looked down at my foot and it was at a 45-degree angle. I thought ‘Oh, that’s probably not going to work anymore.’”

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