Nigel Dawes
Nigel Dawes
Left Wing
(DAWZ, NIGH-juhl)
Number: 10
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 200
Shoots: Left
Born: Feb 9, 1985
Birthplace: Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Hometown: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Drafted: NYR / 2003 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 5th (149th overall)

2007-08 SEASON:
Appeared in 61 games with the Rangers, registering 14 goals and 15 assists for 29 points, along with 10 penalty minutes ... Tied for second in the NHL among rookies in game-winning goals (four) ... Led the team in plus/minus rating (plus-11), ranked second in shootout game-deciding goals (two), and tied for third in game-winning goals (four) ... Notched the game-winning goal at 16:54 of the third period and delivered a season-high, seven hits on Mar. 27 vs. the Devils ... Notched the game-deciding goal in a 2-1 shootout win at New Jersey on Mar. 19 ... Notched the game-deciding goal in the shootout, Mar. 9 vs. the Bruins ... Tallied two assists on Mar. 6 at Long Island ... Collected two assists and posted a plus-two rating on Feb. 28 at Carolina ... Registered his first NHL assist on Nov. 8 in a 4-2 victory vs. Pittsburgh ... Tallied a career-high, two goals, including his first career game-winning goal and first career power play goal, in a 2-0 victory over New Jersey on Oct. 25 ... Made his 2007-08 season debut on Oct. 18 at Atlanta after being recalled from Hartford (AHL) on Oct. 17 ... Skated in 20 games with Hartford (AHL) this season, notching 14 goals and 20 assists for 34 points and a plus-eight rating ... Named the AHL Player of the Week for the week ending December 9, registering three goals and five assists for eight points in three games over the span ... Also skated in 10 post-season contests with the Rangers, collecting two goals and two assists for four points ... Tied for fourth in rookie goals (two), fifth in rookie points (four) and sixth in rookie assists (two).

2006-07 SEASON: Appeared in eight games with the Rangers, registering one goal ... Notched his first career NHL goal/point on Oct. 21 at Toronto ... Made NHL debut on Oct. 5 vs. Washington ... Was named winner of the 2006 Lars-Erik Sjoberg Award (Best Rookie of the Rangers Training Camp), along with Brandon Dubinsky, as voted by select New York media.

AHL CAREER: Appeared in 166 career games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL), notching 76 goals and 85 assists for 195 points. 2003-04: Joined the Wolf Pack following the conclusion of Kootenay's season and appeared in four games. 2005-06: Registered 35 goals and 32 assists for 67 points, along with 21 penalty minutes ... Ranked second in the AHL in goals (35) among rookies and tied for fourth in scoring among first year players with 67 points ... Registered his first professional hat trick on Mar. 3 at San Antonio ... Netted his first professional goal and added an assist in a 6-5 win on Oct. 22 at Hershey ... Ranked second on the team in postseason goals (six) and tied for second on the Wolf Pack in scoring (12 points) in the playoffs. 2006-07: Appeared in 65 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL), tallying 27 goals and 33 assists for 60 points, along with 29 penalty minutes ... Ranked first on the Wolf Pack in scoring with 60 points ... Ranked second on the team in goals (27) and assists (33), and tied for third in plus/minus (plus-10) ... Scored the fastest goal from the start of a period in Wolf Pack history on Apr. 15 at Portland (nine seconds) ... Notched three goals, including the game-winner, added an assist and registered nine shots on goal on Mar. 30 at Bridgeport ... Led the team in goals (five) and power play goals (two) and tied for the team lead in points (11) in the playoffs ... Equaled a franchise record for most points in a single playoff series in the Atlantic Division Semifinals against Providence.

JUNIOR CAREER: Appeared in 245 career games with the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League (WHL), registering 159 goals and 113 assists for 272 points, along with 129 penalty minutes. 2001-02: Skated in 54 games for Kootenay, tallying 15 goals and 19 assists for 34 points, along with 14 penalty minutes ... Registered nine goals and six assists for 15 points in 22 playoff games, along with eight penalty minutes, helping Kootenay capture the Memorial Cup. 2002-03: Appeared in 72 games with Kootenay, tallying 47 goals and 45 assists for 92 points, along with 54 penalty minutes ... Ranked first on the team and was third in the WHL with 47 goals ... Ranked first on the team and placed 10th in the WHL with 92 points ... Tied for first in the WHL with 22 power play goals ... Recorded 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in 11 postseason contests. 2003-04: Collected 47 goals and 23 assists for 70 points, along with 31 penalty minutes in 56 games with Kootenay ... Ranked first on the team with 47 goals, 70 points and 15 power play goals ... Named to the Western Conference First All-Star Team ... Selected as Kootenay’s Most Valuable Player ... In four playoff cotnests with Kootenay, tallied one goal and two assists, along with 10 penalty minutes. 2004-05: Skated in 63 games with Kootenay, registering 50 goals and 26 assists for 76 points, along with 30 penalty minutes ... Ranked first on the team and was among the WHL leaders in several offensive categories, including: goals (50), points (26), power Play goals (19) and game winning goals (14) ... Was named a finalist for the WHL’s Four Broncos Memorial Trophy, given annually to the league’s player of the year ... Finished the regular season with a 20-game point streak from Feb. 5 to Mar. 19, registering 33 points (24 goals, nine assists) over the span ... Recorded points in all but two of the 32 Kootenay games he skated in following the 2005 World Junior Championships, collecting 48 points (31 goals, 17 assists) ... Participated in the ADT Canada/Russia Challenge in Red Deer on Dec. 1, 2005 ... Skated in 12 playoff games, tying for first on the club with 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) and helped the Ice advance to the Western Conference Finals.

INTERNATIONAL CAREER: Appeared in several international contests for Canada. 2004: Represented Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Championships in Finland where he notched 11 points (six goals, five assists) in six games, helping Team Canada capture the silver medal Led all tournament players with six goals... Named Team Canada's player of the game after notching three points (two goals, one assist) in the gold medal game vs. Team USA. 2005: Appeared in six games for Team Canada at the 2005 World Junior Championships, registering two goals and four assists, while helping the club capture the gold medal.

BACKGROUND: Lists Joe Sakic as his hockey idol ... Most memorable hockey moment was winning the 2005 World Junior Championship and his first NHL game ... His favorite sport other than hockey is tennis ... Enjoys music by the Red Hot Chili Peppers ... The Usual Suspects and Cool Runnings are his two favorite movies, and Entourage is his favorite television show ... Single.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS: June 22, 2003 - Rangers' fifth round choice, 149th overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

LONGEST POINT STREAK: 3, 2/23/08 - 2/28/08 (two goals and two assists)

LONGEST GOAL STREAK: 2, 2/23/08 - 2/24/08 (two goals)

LONGEST ASSIST STREAK: 2, 2/3/08 - 2/5/08 (two assists)

MOST GOALS, GAME: 2 (twice), last - Oct. 25, 2007 vs. NJD (Brodeur)

MOST ASSISTS, GAME: 2 (twice), last - Mar. 6, 2008 at NYI

MOST POINTS, GAME: 2 (five times), last Mar. 6, 2008 at NYI

MOST PIM, GAME: 4, Oct. 27, 2007 vs. TOR

MOST SHOTS, GAME: 6 (twice), last - Feb. 16, 2008 vs. BUF

FIRST NHL GAME: Oct. 5, 2006 vs. WSH

FIRST NHL GOAL: Oct. 21, 2006 at TOR (Raycroft)