New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has signed left wing Nigel Dawes to a professional contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Dawes, 19, skated in 56 matches with the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League (WHL) last season, registering 47 goals and 23 assists for 70 points, along with 31 penalty minutes. He led the team with 47 goals, 70 points and 15 power play goals, while ranking fourth in the WHL with 47 goals and 20th with 70 points. Dawes' 15 power play goals also tied for seventh in the WHL. He was also honored with the Western Conference Brad Hornung Trophy for Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year and was named to the Western Conference First All-Star Team. At the conclusion of Kootenay's season, he skated in four games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).
On the international stage, he represented Team Canada at the 2004 IIHF Under-20 World Junior Championship, leading all tournament players with six goals. In tournament play, he tied for first among all players with 11 points in six games and was named Team Canada's top player in the gold medal game. The 5-8, 185-pound forward has appeared in 182 career matches with Kootenay (WHL), registering 109 goals and 87 assists for 196 points, along with 99 penalty minutes.
A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Dawes was originally the Rangers' fifth round choice, 149th overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.