Ex-NHLer Nigel Dawes Vies For Diving Gold Medal At Hockey World Championship

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Nigel Dawes dive

Photo via Nigel Dawes dives at IIhf World Championship.

It’s too bad for Nigel Dawes the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janiero don’t start for another two months.

The former NHL player took a ridiculous dive Tuesday at the IIHF World Championship during Kazakhstan’s pool-play game. Norway defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen tripped Dawes, who lept into the air and crashed to the ice.

The referee penalized Dawes for for embellishment and sanctioned Tollefsen for hooking.

Norway ended up winning 3-2.

Dawes, 31, was born in Canada but now represents Kazakhstan. It’s probably too late for him to switch sports and qualify for the diving competition at Rio 2016.

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