Nigel Dawes

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Status: Unrestricted free agent; Calgary Flames left wing in 2009-10.

Ht: 5-foot-8 Wt: 190 pounds

DOB: Feb. 9, 1985 In: Winnipeg

Hobbies/Leisure Activities: "In the summer I like to golf, work out, head out to the cabin, just kind of hang out with friends, play a little tennis."

Hockey Inspiration: "Joe Sakic – probably one of my favorite players growing up."

Nickname: "Dozzie."

Favorite Movies: "Maybe I like Super Bad, Usual Suspects, Wedding Crashers."

Favorite TV Shows: "Entourage, Prison Break, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air."

Musical Tastes: "Pretty much like everything – Nickelback, 50 Cent, Kanye West, little bit of country."

Last Book Read: "Couldn't tell you (laughs)."

First Hockey Memory: "Probably just playing on outdoor rinks when I was four, five years old. Playing with my younger brothers (Jeremy, Troy) and friends."

Favorite Meal: "Probably barbecued chicken."

Favorite Breakfast Cereal: "Honey Nut Cheerios."

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: "Cookies and cream."

First Job: "Paper delivery, random fliers."

First Car: "Sunfire (black)."

Current Car:
"Yukon (black)."

Pre-game Feeling: "Pretty laid back, I try not to over-think things. Maybe go over who we're playing, some of their guys, maybe the goalie. But I don't really have too many routines. I just like to be laid back, then start thinking about the game maybe 10-15 minutes before we go out there, really concentrate on them."

Greatest Sports Moment: "Probably winning the World Junior Championship (defeated Russia in '06)."

Most Painful Moment: "Losing the world juniors the year before that (lost to U.S. in '04)."

Favorite Uniforms: "Not really sure, I don't really pay much attention to that."

Closest NHL Friends: "Jeff Glass probably."

Funniest Player Encountered: "Maxime Talbot, playing with Pittsburgh. Just always making you laugh, all the time."

Toughest Competitors: "Dion Phaneuf – Toronto. Just always plays hard every day, practice, game, no matter what it is."

Funny Hockey Memory: "They put me at the front of the line in Hartford and made me go out for warmup leading the team on the ice, but no one came out behind me. So I was out there by myself for the first couple of laps."

Favorite Players To Watch: "Crosby, Ovechkin, Jagr."

Last Vacation: "I went to Calgary stampede for a couple of days."

Personality Qualities Most Admired:
"Just personality, pretty easy-going, not too high-strung."

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