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Phoenix Coyotes Preseason Countdown: 18 Days

Our countdown has reached the number 18 and we will look back at a man who used to wear number 18 for the Coyotes, Tyson Nash.

Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

With only 18 days left until the preseason begins, we take a look at the man who briefly wore the number 18 during his tenure with the Phoenix Coyotes. A man whose jacket has its own Twitter account; current Coyotes' color analyst Tyson Nash.

Nash started his career with the Kamloops Blazers of the WHL, spending three seasons playing with Coyotes' captain Shane Doan. While with the Blazers, Nash was involved with the team's three Memorial Cup wins in the 1991-92, 1993-94, and 1994-95 seasons.

Eventually, Nash was drafted in by the Vancouver Canucks, 247th overall, during the 1994 NHL Entry Level Draft. However, his first NHL game was with the St. Louis Blues, on April 3, 1999 against the Dallas Stars.

He spent his first five NHL seasons with the Blues where he went 24-26-50 and recorded 469 penalty minutes in 255 games. He also appeared in 23 playoff games with St. Louis, scoring three goals and five points.

On June 21, 2003 the Blues traded Nasher to the Coyotes for a fifth round pick in the 2003 draft, which the Blues interestingly enough used on Lee Stempniak, who would play for the Coyotes several years later, and Nash spent the next two years in Phoenix, where he played in 119 games, scored three goals and had 11 assists.

He started the 2006-07 season in San Antonio playing with the Coyotes then AHL affiliate Rampage. On November 28th the Coyotes traded Nash to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Mikael Tellqvist.

Nash finished out his NHL career with the AHL's Toronto Marlies then played one more year in Japan with Nippon Paper Cranes. After his playing career was finished, he moved back to Phoenix and took the job as the Coyotes color analyst.