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Dawes Named WHL's Most Sportsmanlike Player

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

Kootenay Ice forward Nigel Dawes was named the recipient of the Brad Hornung Trophy as the Western Hockey League's Most Sportsmanlike Player at the annual WHL Awards Luncheon in Calgary.

Dawes becomes the third player in franchise history to win a WHL Award (Dan Blackburn: Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Player/Playoffs, Goaltender of the Year - 2001 and Duncan Milroy: Most Valuable Player - Playoffs - 2002).

The 5-8, 175-pounder, who was selected by the New York Rangers in the fifth round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, led the Ice with 47 goals and 70 points in 56 games during the regular season, while placing fifth on the club with 23 assists. His 47 goals ranked fourth in the WHL and his 70 points were 20th in the league. In addition, his 15 power play goals led the club and tied for seventh in the WHL, while his three shorthanded tallies ranked first on Kootenay and sixth in the league. Dawes was recently named to the WHL Western Conference First All-Star Team.

The Winnipeg, Manitoba native was also an integral part of Team Canada's silver medal finish at the 2004 World Junior Championship in Finland, where he led all tournament playerswith six goals and tied for first among all players with 11 points in six games. In the gold medal game, he was named Team Canada's top player.

"Our organization is very proud that Nigel was named the recipient of this prestigious award. Nigel epitomizes what the Kootenay Ice organization is all about. He is a class act both on and off the ice and gives 100% all the time," noted Jeff Chynoweth, Kootenay's Vice President and General Manager.
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