New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a professional contract with forward Jason Dawe. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Dawe, 27, appeared in 68 contests with the Milwaukee Admirals of the International Hockey League (IHL) and the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) last season, collecting 20 goals and 22 assists for 42 points, along with 48 penalty minutes. Prior to being traded, Dawe skated in 41 contests with Milwaukee, totaling 11 goals and 13 assists for 24 points. Following his acquisition by the Rangers organization on February 3, he appeared in 27 contests with the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL), collecting nine goals and nine assists for 18 points, along with 24 penalty minutes. In addition, the eight-year veteran was recalled to the Rangers on two occasions, appearing in three games for New York, registering one assist.
In post-season play for the Wolf Pack, Dawe appeared in 21 playoff contests, helping lead the club to the Calder Cup championship. Dawe ranked second on the team and third in the AHL with 10 playoff goals, and also contributed seven assists for 17 points, along with 37 penalty minutes. His 17 playoff points were tied for fifth overall in the AHL. Dawe scored the game's first goal five times during the post-season.
The 5-10, 200-pounder has collected 74 goals and 59 assists for 133 points in 167 matches with Rochester and Hartford of the American Hockey League and Milwaukee of the International Hockey League. Dawe was also a member of the Rochester Americans 1992-93 Calder Cup finalist team.
The native of North York, Ontario was originally drafted by the Buffalo Sabres with their second selection, 35th overall, in the 1991 Entry Draft. Dawe has recorded 86 goals and 90 assists for 176 points in 365 career NHL contests with the Rangers, Montreal Canadiens, New York Islanders, and Buffalo Sabres.