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Dawes, Fehr Named WHL Player of the Year Finalists

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


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Calgary, AB -- The Western Hockey League today announced the WHL Eastern and Western Conference finalists for the 2004-05 WHL Player of the Year. The two finalists for WHL Player of the Year - Brandon's Eric Fehr and Kootenay's Nigel Dawes - were determined through voting by General Managers, coaches, broadcast and media representatives of all 20 WHL Member Clubs.

WHL EASTERN CONFERENCE:
In the WHL's Eastern Conference, which includes the East and Central Divisions, the Player of the Year Nominee is forward Eric Fehr of the Brandon Wheat Kings.

Fehr, a 19 year-old from Winkler, Manitoba, scored 59 goals (1st in the WHL), and 52 assists (Tied 3rd in the WHL), for 111 points (1st in the WHL). Fehr also recorded 31 power-play goals (1st in the WHL), 12 game-winning goals (2nd in the WHL), two short-handed goals, a plus-minus rating of 26 and had 16 multiple-goal games in 71 games played during the 2004-05 WHL regular season. Fehr helped lead the Wheat Kings to the East Division title and 4th overall in WHL regular season standings.

During the 2004-05 season, Fehr captured the Husky WHL Player of the Month honour for March and was also named the Greyhound WHL Player of the Week for the week of February 21st - 27th. Fehr was named a 2004-05 Eastern Conference First Team All-Star and played for Team WHL during the ADT CHL Canada Russia Challenge.

Fehr was drafted in the 1st round, 18th overall by the Washington Capitals in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

WHL WESTERN CONFERENCE:
In the Western Conference, which includes the B.C. and U.S. Divisions, the Player of the Year Nominee is forward Nigel Dawes of the Kootenay Ice.

Dawes, a 1985 born player, from Winnipeg, Manitoba, scored 50 goals (2nd in the WHL), and 26 assists (Tied 27th in the WHL), for 76 points (8th in the WHL). Dawes also recorded 18 power-play goals (3rd in the WHL), 14 game-winning goals (1st in the WHL), two short-handed goals, a plus-minus rating of 26 and had 10 multiple-goal games in 63 games played during the 2004-05 WHL regular season. Dawes also recorded points in 20 consecutive games. Dawes helped lead the Ice to the WHL Regular Season title, their first in franchise history.

During the 2004-05 season, Dawes captured the Husky WHL Player of the Month honour for February and was also named the Greyhound WHL Player of the Week for the week of February 7th - 13th. Dawes was named a 2004-05 Western Conference First Team All-Star and played for Team WHL during the ADT CHL Canada Russia Challenge.

Dawes was drafted by the New York Rangers in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft (fifth round, 149th overall).
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