Wolf Pack’s Dawes named Player of the Week


… The American Hockey League announced today that Hartford Wolf Pack left wing Nigel Dawes has been named the Rbk/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending December 9, 2007. Dawes recorded three goals and five assists for eight points in three games for the Wolf Pack last week.

After being held off the scoresheet in Wednesday’s 4-3 shootout loss at Providence, Dawes scored the game-winning goal and added an assist in a 3-1 win over Lowell on Friday night. Then in Worcester on Saturday, Dawes set a Wolf Pack regular-season franchise record with six points, including two goals and four assists, to pace Hartford to a 7-1 victory over the Sharks.

In recognition of his achievement, Dawes will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Wolf Pack home game.

Dawes has lit up the American Hockey League since his return from the NHL on Nov. 20, and now has 24 points (nine goals, 15 assists) and a plus-8 rating in just 12 games with Hartford in 2007-08. In 158 career AHL contests, all with Hartford, Dawes has totaled 71 goals and 80 assists for 151 points. The 22-year-old Winnipeg native has also skated in 16 National Hockey League games with the New York Rangers this season, registering four goals and one assist.

Other nominees for Rbk/AHL Player of the Week include Albany defenseman Mark Flood, Bridgeport left wing Ryan Kinasewich, Chicago defenseman Nathan Oystrick, Grand Rapids right wing Carl Corazzini, Hamilton center Corey Locke, Hershey center Jason Morgan, Houston goaltender Nolan Schaefer, Iowa left wing James Neal, Lowell right wing Nicklas Bergfors, Manchester center Trevor Lewis, Manitoba center Brad Moran, Milwaukee goaltender Pekka Rinne, Norfolk forward Adam Henrich, Peoria left wing Charles Linglet, Philadelphia center Ryan Potulny, Portland center Matt Christie, Providence left wing Pascal Pelletier, Quad City center Grant Stevenson, Rochester left wing Clarke MacArthur, Rockford center Martin St. Pierre, San Antonio center Joel Perrault, Syracuse goaltender Adam Munro, Toronto left wing Jiri Tlusty and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton right wing Dennis Bonvie.

Also see: Previous winners, Rbk/AHL Player of the Week