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NIGEL DAWES LEAVES THE KHL AS THE LEAGUE'S TOP-SCORING NON-RUSSIAN PLAYER IN HISTORY

JUN 11, 2021  (10H24)      TIM TUCKER
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After 10 years in the KHL, Canadian Nigel Dawes has announced he is leaving the league where he has set plenty of records over his career. Dawes, who was born in Winnipeg, is leaving as the top scoring non-Russian KHL player of all time. That places him fourth in league history with 504 points in 543 games. He's also the top goal scoring non-Russian in league history with 267 goals, second to only Sergei Mozyakin.

Dawes, who is 36, has announced that he has signed a two-year contract with Adler Mannheim of Germany's Deutsche Eishockey Liga, the highest level of hockey in the country.


Why Dawes has chosen to leave the KHL at this point is not exactly clear. He was still racking up points in the league, notching 43 (23 goals, 20 assists) in 47 games with Kazan Ak-Bars.

Before moving to the KHL, Dawes played 212 games in the NHL, recording 39 goals and 45 assists. He suited up for the New York Rangers, Phoenix Coyotes, Atlanta Thrashers, Calgary Flames and the Montreal Canadiens. In 2011, he signed with Astana Barys, a KHL team based in Kazakhstan. Dawes embraced life in the country, becoming a citizen of Kazakhstan while playing there for seven seasons. He also played for the country at the 2011 World Hockey Championships. He then played two seasons with Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg and completed what appears to be his final year in the KHL with Kazan Ak-Bars.

Dawes won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2005 Wold Junior Hockey Championships, and a silver medal with the team the year before.

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