|Position: Left Wing
Born: May 29, 1973
Birthplace: North York, Ontario, Canada
Height: 5'10" Weight: 195 lbs.
Drafted by: Buffalo Sabres, 2nd Round, 35th
Overall, 1991 NHL Entry Draft
Seasons with Buffalo: 1993-94 to 1997-98
Uniform Numbers: 43, 17
|Born and raised in the Toronto suburb of North York, Ontaio, Jason Dawe played his junior hockey for the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League. Though small in stature, Dawe was a scrappy winger with a quick wrist shot.
In his second year with the Petes in 1990-91, Dawe led the team with 43 goals and was second overall in scoring with 70 points. Eligible for the 1991 NHL Entry Draft, which was held in Buffalo, Dawe was chosen in the second round, 35th overall by the Buffalo Sabres.
In 1991-92, Dawe again led the team in goals. His 53 goals was tied for second overall in the OHL. He also led the team in total points with 108 and was in the top 10 in scoring in the OHL. Dawe was named Third Team OHL All-Star at the end of the 1991-92 season.
In his fourth and final year with Peterborough, Dawe became the first Petes player ever to score 50 goals in less than 50 games, notching his 50th in the 48th game of the season. He finished the season with 58 goals, which again was the best on the team and 3rd in the
|OHL. He added 68 assists to finish the season with 126 points, second-highest on the team. By the endo of the 1992-93 season, Dawe had become the leading scorer in Peterborough Petes history, finishing his Peterborough career with 162 goals, 151 assists and 313 points in 231 games played. He was a First Team OHL All-Star and a Second Team Canadian Hockey League All-Star for 1992-93. In the 1993 OHL Playoffs, Dawe led all scorers with 18 goals and 51 points in 21 games played. In the Memorial Cup Tournament, Dawe won the 1993 George Parsons Trophy as the Most Sportsmanlike player. He was also chosen to represent Canada at the 1993 World Junior Hockey Championship where he was a member of the Gold Medal winning team.|
|Dawe began his professional career in 1993 as a member of the Rochester Americans, the Sabres' top minor-league affiliate. He played in 3 games for the Amerks during the American Hockey League Playoffs, scoring one goal.
Dawe began the 1993-94 season with Rochester where he played in 48 games as a member of the Americans, scoring 22 goals and 14 assists. On January 27, 1994, Dawe was recalled to Buffalo, and he made his NHL debut with the Sabres that night, scoring his first NHL point, an assist, in a 7-2 Buffalo win over the Washington Capitals. He scored his first NHL goal on January 30, 1994 in a 3-2 loss against the Florida Panthers. Dawe was briefly returned to Rochester during mid-February, but was quickly recalled to Buffalo, where he finished the season with the Sabres. In 32 games with Buffalo his rookie year, Dawe had 6 goals and 7 assists. In the 1994 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Dawe played in 6 of the Sabres' 7 games as they lost in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals to the New Jersey Devils. Dawe had one point in the Playoffs, the assist on the game winning goal by Dave Hannan in Game Six, the infamous four-overtime game.
Dawe began thw 1994-95 season in Rochester as a labor-dispute delayed the start of the NHL season until January, 1995. In 44 games with the Amerks,
|Dawe scored 27 goals and 19 assists. Despite only playing in half of the team's games that season, he was second on the team in goals scored and 5th in total points.
When the NHL reconvened for the shortened 1995 season, Dawe was recalled to Buffalo. He appeared in 44 of the team's 48 games, and registered 7 goals and 4 assists. On March 30, 1995, Dawe recorded 2 goals and an assist as the Sabres dismanteled the Ottawa Senators by the score of 7-0 at the Aud in Buffalo. On April 4, 1995 Dawe scored his
|first career short-handed goal in a 6-3 win over the Hartford Whalers. The Sabres were 6-0-0 when Dawe scored a goal during the 1995 regular season. In the 1995 Playoffs, he added another 2 goals and 1 assist as the Sabres lost their opening round series to the Philadelphia Flyers in 5 games.
In 1995-96, Dawe had a career year for the Sabres. After an early-season stint with the Amerks, in which he scored 5 goals and 4 assists in 7 games, Dawe returned to Buffalo and exploded for a career-high 25 goals and 50 points. On January 6, 1996 he recorded his first career NHL hat-trick in a 7-6 Sabres win on the road against the Montreal Canadiens. He finished the season tied for 2nd in goal scoring on the team and 5th in total points. He was often one of the Sabres' best forwards as the team muddled through an otherwise mediocre season, finishing 5th in the Northeast Division and missing the Playoffs for the first time since the 1986-87 season.
In the off-season, Dawe was one of 3 Sabres chosen to play for Team Canada at the 1996 World Hockey Championship in Vienna, Austria. Playing alongside Garry Galley, Brad May and former Sabre Doug Bodger, Dawe scored 3 goals in 8 games played as Canada won the Silver Medal at the Tournament.
Dawe missed the Sabres' 1996 training camp due to a contract dispute which was resolved before the start of the season. After a strong 1995-96 season, Sabres fans
|the team seemed to be playing so much better. In 1996-97, the Sabres were one of the most improved teams in the|
|The inconsistency that plagued Dawe through the 1996-97 season followed him into 1997-98. He started out the season well enough, scoring 15 goals and 10 assists through the first half of the season. In the second half, the slumps started to come more frequently, and Dawe disappeared from the scoresheet almost entirely. Through February and March, Dawe scored just 4 goals and 7 assists. His lack of size also became a liability on a team searching for a more physical presence on the ice. By mid-March, Dawe's inconsistency had become almost maddening, and Sabres fans began to call for a trade. Sabres GM Darcy Regier responded, and on March 24, 1998, at the trading deadline, Regier sent Dawe to the New York Islanders for bruising right wing Paul Kruse and minor-league defenseman Jason Holland. Kruse had been one of the Islanders' top enforcers, and added a physical threat to the Sabres roster. At the same time, Dawe's departure opened the door for Vaclav Varada, a hulking winger who had been called up from Rochester, to step into the Sabres lineup.|
|expected 1996-97 to be Dawe's break-through year. While he turned in respectable numbers during the season, he failed to take the step to the next level that the fans were hoping for. In a career-high 81 games, he scored 22 goals, which was tied for 3rd-best on the team. His 48 points was again 5th on the team. Once again there were times when Dawe was the Sabres' best forward, but those times were punctuated with slumps when he virtually disappeared from the lineup offensively. His lack of improvement over the pervious season was highlighted by the fact that the rest of|
|league, winning the Northeast Division, their first Division Championship since the 1980-81 season. In the Playoffs, the surprising Sabres eliminated the Ottawa Senators to advance to the second round for the first time since 1993. Dawe contributed 2 goals and an assist to the effort.|
|Dawe, who was reportedly unhappy with the trade, finished the season with the
Islanders, scoring just 1 goal and 2 assists in 13 games. He started the 1998-99 season with the Islanders, playing in 22 games and scoring 2 goals and 3 assists. Mid-way through the season, he was traded to the Montreal Canadiens where he finished the season, scoring 4 goals and 5 assists in 37 games.
At the end of the 1998-99 season, Dawe was a free agent. He signed with the Nashville Predators in July, 1999. After the team's 1999 training camp, he was assigned to the Predator's minor-league affiliate, the Milaukee Admirals of the International Hockey League where he remained for the first half of the season. In December, 1999, Dawe was traded to the New York Rangers. He played in 3 games as a Ranger during the season, but spent the majority of the remainder of the season with the Hartford Wolfpack, the Rangers' AHL affiliate.
Injuries kept Dawe on the sidelines for almost the entire 2000-01 season. A knee injury he received in the Wolfpack's season opener kept him out of action until late January, 2001. Three games into his return, on January 30, 2001, Dawe suffered a season-ending ankle injury.
Jason Dawe was back on the ice with Hartford for the start of the 2001-02 season. He played one game for the New York Rangers during the season, his first NHL appearance since 1999-2000. He finished the year in Hartford, where he scored 28 goals and 37 assists in 79 games played.