Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Nigel Dawes
Nigel Dawes was born February 9, 1985 in Winnipeg Manitoba. The New York Rangers' fifth round, 149th overall selection in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Dawes is a graduate of the WHL's Kootenay Ice.

An industrious and creative scorer, Dawes had an outstanding sophomore season with Kooteney in 2002-03 in which he recorded 92 points in 72 games. After being drafted by the Rangers, Dawes continued to hone his skills in the WHL with Kooteney in a pair of seasons that saw him tally 146 points in 119 games. He made his professional hockey debut with the New York Rangers' AHL affiliate, the Hartford Wolfpack in 2005-06.

That season Dawes tallied 67 points and was the AHL's second-leading rookie goal-scorer. The following year, after starting with the New York Rangers in the club's first eight games, Dawes would go on to spend the majority of his time back with the Hartford Wolfpack.

Internationally, Dawes was a member of Team Canadas gold medal winning World Junior Championship squad.

On March 4, 2009, the NHL's trade deadline, Dawes was shipped to the Phoenix Coyotes alongside Dmitri Kalinin and Petr Prucha in exchange for Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris.

Dawes' time in the desert was short-lived. On July 16, 2009, he was waived by the Coyotes and claimed by the Calgary Flames.

On September 8, 2010, Dawes signed a one-year contract with the Atlanta Thrashers, but his time in Georgia would be brief. In the days leading up to the 2011 NHL traded deadline he was traded to the Montreal Canadiens along with Brent Sopel in exchange for Ben Maxwell.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
2000-01 Winnipeg Warriors MMMHL 36 55 41 96 74
2001-02 Kootenay Ice WHL 54 15 19 34 14 -1 22 9 6 15 8
2001-02 Kootenay Ice M-Cup 4 1 1 2 4
2002-03 Kootenay Ice WHL 72 47 45 92 54 +2 11 4 8 12 6
2003-04 Kootenay Ice WHL 56 47 23 70 31 +2 4 1 2 3 10
2003-04 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 4 0 0 0 0 -3
2003-04 Canada WJC-A 6 6 5 11 0 +10
2004-05 Kootenay Ice WHL 63 50 26 76 30 +26 12 5 10 15 5
2004-05 Canada WJC-A 6 2 4 6 6 +8
2005-06 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 77 35 32 67 21 +16 13 6 6 12 9
2006-07 New York Rangers NHL 8 1 0 1 0 -4 1 0 0 0 0
2006-07 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 65 27 33 60 29 +10 7 5 6 11 9
2007-08 New York Rangers NHL 61 14 15 29 10 +11 10 2 2 4 0
2007-08 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 20 14 20 34 2 +8
2008-09 New York Rangers NHL 52 10 9 19 15 -2
2008-09 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 12 0 2 2 0 -4
2009-10 Calgary Flames NHL 66 14 18 32 18 +1
2010-11 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 9 0 1 1 0 -6
2010-11 Chicago Wolves AHL 47 27 17 44 17 +2
2010-11 Montreal Canadiens NHL 4 0 0 0 0 0
2010-11 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 19 14 14 28 7 +13 20 14 8 22 8
2011-12 Barys Astana KHL 52 16 17 33 34 7 1 2 3 2
2012-13 Barys Astana KHL 51 20 14 34 28 7 7 2 9 4
2013-14 Barys Astana KHL 54 26 23 49 18 7 2 2 4 4
2014-15 Barys Astana (KAZ) KHL 60 32 24 56 48 7 4 3 7 10
2015-16 Barys Astana (KAZ) KHL 55 31 22 53 16
2015-16 Kazakhstan WC-A 7 4 4 8 4 -4
2016-17 Barys Astana (KAZ) KHL 59 36 26 62 31 10 7 3 10 4
NHL Totals 212 39 45 84 43 11 2 2 4 0


WHL West Second All-Star Team (2003) WHL West First All-Star Team (2004, 2005) AHL Second All-Star Team (2011) Traded to Phoenix by NY Rangers with Dmitri Kalinin and Petr Prucha for Derek Morris, March 4, 2009. Claimed on waivers by Calgary, July 15, 2009. Signed as a free agent by Atlanta, September 13, 2010. Traded to Montreal by Atlanta with Brent Sopel for Ben Maxwell and Montreal's 4th round pick (later traded back to Montreal - Montreal selected Olivier Archambault) in 2011 NHL Draft, February 24, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Astana (KHL), May 31, 2011.
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