Dawes: 'NHL is always on the radar, but my heart is here'

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One of Barys Astana's biggest stars, former NHLer Nigel Dawes, spoke exclusively to after the defeat against Medvescak.

Playing on a line with Brandon Bochenski and Dustin Boyd the trio combined for an incredible 16 goals and 33 points, with Dawes collecting an assist against Medvescak.

What do you think contributes to your line's success in the KHL this year?

"We've gotten to a really good start and are just rolling, I mean it's out third year playing together, we're comfortable playing with each other. The whole team started off well and just, everyone's been rolling."

You're still only 28 years of age, do you ever think about returning to the NHL and playing that level again?

"You know, it's always on the radar, but right now I'm here in the KHL and enjoying it. My heart's here. I've got this year and next year and we'll see what happens after that."

Do you think your current line could play as successful in the NHL as they do right here?

"Well, we've all played in the NHL, we had a little success there but we were kind of up and down. You never know, we all can obviously play there but right now we're enjoying our success over here."

A few thoughts on Medvescak?

"They are a good team, they have a lot of North American guys, they play hard. A good skating team, they get the puck in and they played us well. We got into some penalty trouble and couldn't bounce back from it."

Your father is Jamaican, how did he react to his son playing hockey?

"Yes, my father is Jamaican, but he's been in Canada for a long time and he enjoys watching it. But I mean, who would have thought that when he came over from Jamaica that his son's going to be playing in the NHL."

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