The Ottawa Senators have re-signed goaltender Nathan Lawson to a one-year, two-way contract.
Lawson started his career as a hockey player at the Olds Grizzlys, where he was active from 2001-04 in the Alberta Junior Hockey League. He then spent three years at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and played in parallel for their hockey team in the National Collegiate Athletic Association play. In the 2007-08 season the goalkeeper made his debut in professional hockey, initially for the Phoenix RoadRunners and then for the Utah Grizzlies in the ECHL.
Since the 2008-09 season, Lawson has regularly played between the posts for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in the American Hockey League. In February 2010 he signed a contract with the New York Islanders of the NHL. On July 5, 2011, Lawson signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens. Lawson spent the 2011-12 season with the Hamilton Bulldogs, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Canadiens, posting a 19-17-4 record, a 2.57 goals-against average, a .914 save percentage and five shutouts.
In 23 games last season, Lawson brought home 12 wins and six losses as the backup netminder to Robin Lehner with the Binghamton Senators.
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