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Dawes Ready as Canada Opens Junior Camp in Calgary

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

Forty-five of Canada's best junior-aged hockey players (born prior to January 1, 1984), have gathered at Calgary's Father David Bauer Olympic Arena for Canada's National Junior Team Development Camp, which runs from August 9-18. Rangers 2003 fifth round draft choice Nigel Dawes is among the group that will be battling for a spot on Canada's 2004 IIHF World Junior Championship squad.

Dawes, 18, led the Kootenay Ice and ranked 10th among all Western Hockey League (WHL) players with 92 points (47 goals, 45 assists) in 72 games last season. The Winnipeg, Manitoba native also ranked first on the club with 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in 11 post-season matches.

The 5-8, 175-pound left winger captured a gold medal with Canada's National Under-18 Team at the 2002 Eight Nations Cup in Slovakia, collecting five goals and six assists for 11 points in five matches. Dawes was named the tournament's Top Forward.

The practices and intersquad games at the Canadian Development Camp in Calgary are open to the public, free of charge.

The 2004 IIHF Under-20 World Junior Hockey Championship will be held in Helsinki and Hameenlinna, Finland from December 26, 2003 through January 5, 2004.
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