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Nathan O'Nabigon
 
Jersey Number: #38
Junior Experience: 4 Years
Date of Birth: May 9, 1983
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 202lbs
NHL Status: Free Agent
How Acquired: Trade with Mississauga
 
Nathan O'Nabigon finished his OHL career in Kitchener as a premier power forward, how he got there was more of an awkward adventure than anything else.  O'Nabigon started his 4 year OHL career in Plymouth with current Rangers' head coach: Peter DeBoer and Rangers' grad: Greg Campbell, he had a modest start, but things radically changed at the trade deadline when the difficult decision was made to send O'Nabigon to the Mississauga Ice Dogs in exchange for star forward: Chad Wiseman.

During O'Nabigon's second season, another one filled with struggle in Mississauga, his goal production dropped to levels below those established during his rookie season.  Throughout his OHL career he established a reputation as both a tough no non-sense style of play along with a durable reputation where he played a minimum of 64 games in each of his four seasons in the OHL, including a full 68 game schedule during his last and overage season with the Rangers.

Nathan's third season, started as more of a disaster than anything else, only scoring a total of 3 points for a team which was finally emerging and counting on him for veteran leadership and perhaps more importantly scoring.  A suitable trade was found quickly as coach Peter DeBoer re-acquired a player which he had to sacrifice in order to acquire one more offensive star earlier in his career with the Plymouth Whalers.  The Rangers had to trade netminder: Matt Harpwood to pick up the big winger from Longlac in northern Ontario.

The trade with the Ice Dogs showed promise, but the big payoff was made while Rangers' scoring stars: Derek Roy and Gregory Campbell were away at the World Junior Championships in Halifax Nova Scotia.  O'Nabigon was paired with Michael Richards and Petr Kanko and the three created havoc, in a surprising run where the team was really projected to struggle, O'Nabigon strung together a pair of hattricks along with the Rangers first player of the week honors during the 2002-'03 season.  Nathan O'Nabigon had 10 goals during the 21 game playoff campaign including an extremely important overtime winner in game 2 of the OHL finals over the Ottawa 67's which tied the championship series at one win a piece.

This past September O'Nabigon along with defender: Andre Benoit attended the Toronto Maple Leafs rookie camp.  During his fourth and final OHL season he finished second in Rangers' goal scoring and led the entire team in playoff scoring scoring 5 points in 5 games and being named the Rangers' playoff MVP as well as the team's top overager.

O'Nabigon's home on the ice is directly infront of the opposition's net.  He has really good hands for tipping point shots as well as the strength to remain infront of netminders creating screens.  Both Nathan and Thomas Harrison are from northern Ontario and in one instance when O'Nabigon was still in an Ice Dogs uniform, they fought in Mississauga.


Season
GP
G
A
P
PIM
+/-
PPG
SHG
2000-2001 Plymouth Whalers
29
5
3
8
21
-1
1
0
2000-2001 Mississauga Ice Dogs
35
8
8
16
33
-29
1
0
2001-2002 Misssissauga Ice Dogs
66
9
13
22
56
-24
0
0
2002-2003 Misssissauga Ice Dogs
14
2
1
3
24
-4
1
0
2002-2003 Kitchener Rangers
51
20
23
43
49
18
5
0
2003-2004 Kitchener Rangers
68
31
20
51
58
15
12
0
Career Totals
263
75
68
143
241
-25
20
0
Photography provided by: Stephen Gardiner