Nigel Dawes
Nigel Dawes
Position Left wing
Shoots Left
5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
200 lb (91 kg)
KHL Team
F. Teams
Barys Astana
New York Rangers
Phoenix Coyotes
Calgary Flames
Atlanta Thrashers
Montreal Canadiens
Born February 9 1985 (1985-02-09) (age 35),
Winnipeg, MB, CAN
NHL Draft 149th overall, 2003
New York Rangers
Pro Career 2004 – present

Nigel Dawes (born February 9, 1985) is a Canadian professional ice hockey left winger for Barys Astana. Before joining Barys, he played for the Montreal Canadiens, the Atlanta Thrashers and the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has also played for the New York Rangers and Phoenix Coyotes during his career.

Playing careerEdit

Dawes played junior hockey for the Kootenay Ice in the Western Hockey League. In his first year, 2001–02, the Ice won the Memorial Cup after winning the Presiant's Cup as champions of the WHL.[1] Dawes improved his play in his next two seasons in the WHL, and, for the 2003–04 season, he was named a first team All-Star in the Western Conference, the winner of the Brad Hornung Trophy (most sportsmanlike),[2] and the Ice's most valuable player.


Dawes with the Rangers

Dawes was drafted in the fifth round, 149th overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers, after two seasons in the WHL. After three seasons of junior hockey and four games in the American Hockey League for the Hartford Wolf Pack at the end of the 2003–04 season, the Rangers signed Dawes to his first professional contract on September 1, 2004, when he was 19 years old.[2] Dawes went on to play another season with the Ice, recognized for his talent as a finalist for the Four Broncos Memorial Trophy (WHL player of the year), before breaking into the professional game in the AHL. Dawes finished his Kootenay Ice career as the franchise leader in goals, with 159 scored in 245 games.

Dawes scored his first NHL goal against Andrew Raycroft on October 21, 2006 in the Rangers 5–4 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.[3] After playing in seven games then being a healthy scratch for seven of the next eight, Dawes was sent down to play with the Wolf Pack for the rest of the 2006–07 season. He returned to play in the Rangers' final game of the playoffs on May 6, 2007. Game six against the Buffalo Sabres in the Eastern Conference Semifinals was Dawes's first NHL playoff game. While Dawes was trying to block a shot, the first Sabres goal deflected off of his body to go into the net past goalie Henrik Lundqvist. The Rangers lost the game 5–4 to lose the series 4–2.[4]

Over a year after his first goal, Dawes recorded his first NHL assist on a goal by Brandon Dubinsky against Marc-André Fleury on November 8, 2007. That goal was also Dubinsky's first NHL goal, scored in the Rangers 4–2 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins.[5] Dawes seemed to have a decided advantage against New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur during the 2007–08 season, scoring four of his 14 goals against Brodeur and getting into Brodeur's head by scoring a winning shootout goal on March 19, 2008,[6] which Brodeur later called lucky. However, Dawes had become a good shootout option for the Rangers, scoring four times on seven attempts at that point. During regular play, played as high as the second line at points during the 2007-08 season.[7]

On July 16, 2008, Dawes re-signed with the Rangers to a one-year, $587,500 contract.[8] On March 4, 2009, Dawes was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes along with Dmitri Kalinin and Petr Průcha for Derek Morris.[9] On July 16, 2009 Dawes was claimed off waivers by the Calgary Flames.[10]

On September 8, 2010, Dawes signed a 1 year two-way contract with the Atlanta Thrashers worth $600,000 in the NHL and $105,000 in the AHL. He was traded on February 24th, 2011, to the Montreal Canadiens, along with Brent Sopel for Ben Maxwell and a 4th-round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

On May 31, 2011, Dawes left the NHL and signed a one-year contract with Kazakh based KHL team, Barys Astana.[11]

International playEdit

Dawes played for Canada in the 2004 and 2005 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, winning silver and gold medals, respectively. In 2004, Dawes led all players with six goals to go along with five assists in six games, tying for first with 11 points.[2] Two goals and one assist came in the gold medal game against the United States, after which Dawes was named as Canada's player of the game. He registered two goals and four assists in six games in 2005.


His mother is Canadian and his father is Jamaican.[12] He hails from the city of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Awards and honours Edit

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01Winnipeg WarriorsMMMHL3655419674
2001–02Kootenay IceWHL54151934142296158
2002–03Kootenay IceWHL72474592541148126
2003–04Kootenay IceWHL5647237031412310
2003–04Hartford Wolf PackAHL40000
2004–05Kootenay IceWHL635026763012510155
2005–06Hartford Wolf PackAHL77353267211366129
2006–07New York RangersNHL8101010000
2006–07Hartford Wolf PackAHL6527336029756119
2007–08Hartford Wolf PackAHL201420342
2007–08New York RangersNHL6114152910102240
2008–09New York RangersNHL521091915
2008–09Phoenix CoyotesNHL120220
2009–10Calgary FlamesNHL6614183218
2010–11Atlanta ThrashersNHL90110
2010–11Chicago WolvesAHL4727174417
2010–11Hamilton BulldogsAHL19141428720148228
2010–11Montreal CanadiensNHL40000
NHL totals 212 39 45 84 43 11 2 2 4 0


  1. "Kootenay down Tigres to win Memorial Cup", Canadian Press, 2002-05-27. Retrieved on 2008-07-17. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Rangers sign Nigel Dawes",, 2004-09-01. Retrieved on 2008-07-17. 
  3. "Shanahan's Shootout Goal Carries Rangers Past Leafs", TSN, 2006-10-21. Retrieved on 2008-07-17. 
  4. Hradek, E.J.. "It wasn't easy, but Sabres finish job in Game 6",, 2007-05-06. Retrieved on 2008-07-17. 
  5. "Dubinsky scores first goal in Rangers 4-2 win", Newsday, 2007-11-09. Retrieved on 2008-07-17. 
  6. Podell, Ira. "Rangers get sixth straight win over Devils", Associated Press, 2008-03-20. Retrieved on 2008-07-17. 
  7. Zinser, Lynn. "A Rangers Rookie’s Stature Grows With Each Shootout Goal", The New York Times, 2008-03-24. Retrieved on 2008-07-17. 
  8. "Rangers agree to terms with free agent Dawes",, 2008-07-16. Retrieved on 2008-07-17. 
  9. "Rangers trade for Antropov, Morris",, 2009-03-04. Retrieved on 2009-03-04. 
  10. "Flames Acquire Forward Nigel Dawes",, 2009-07-16. Retrieved on 2009-07-16. 
  11. "Astana recruit Montreal duo" (in Swedish). (2011-05-31). Retrieved on 2011-06-01.
  12. "Nigel Dawes Wiki", United Press International. 
  13. 2010-11 First and Second All-Stars named

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