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Dawes Named to Canadaxczas National Junior Team Camp

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

Rangers prospect Nigel Dawes, a left winger for the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League (WHL) who was selected by the Blueshirts in the fifth round (149th overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, has been named to Canada's National Junior Team Selection Camp.

Dawes is one of 34 of Canada's top players under 20 years old who have been invited to Canada's 2004 National Junior Team Selection Camp, which is slated to take place from December 11-18, 2003 at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium in Ontario.

Team Canada's selection camp will serve to prepare, evaluate and name the final 22 players on Canada's roster for the 2004 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship, which will take place from December 26, 2003 to January 5, 2004 in Helsinki and Hameenlinna, Finland.

Additional players may be invited to attend the selection camp, but as per Hockey Canada's National Junior Team policy, additional players must be in attendance for the start of the selection camp (December 11, 2003).

Dawes currently leads the Western Hockey League with 24 goals and is tied for 13th among WHL players with 33 points in 25 games with Kootenay.

Last season, the Winnipeg, Manitoba native led the Ice with 92 points (47 goals, 45 assists) in 72 games. Dawes also attended Canada's National Junior Team Selection Camp in 2002.
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