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Tuesday, June 8th, 2004
1:18 pm
[brianslildevil]
RANGERS INK GRITTY HOLLWEG TO CONTRACT
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a professional contract with center Ryan Hollweg. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Hollweg, 21, skated in 52 matches with Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League (WHL) this past season, tallying 25 goals and 32 assists for 57 points, along with 117 penalty minutes. He was tied for fifth on the team with 25 goals and ranked eighth with 57 points. He also ranked third with 117 penalty minutes and tied for first with three shorthanded goals.

Hollweg was named the WHL Player of the Week on February 2 after recording five goals and three assists for eight points from January 26 to February 1. During post-season play, Hollweg appeared in 20 games, registering six goals and nine assists for 15 points, along with 22 penalty minutes, helping the Tigers capture the WHL Championship and advance to the 2004 Memorial Cup.

The 5-11, 200-pound forward was the Rangers eighth round selection, 238th overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.
Sunday, June 6th, 2004
4:53 pm
[brianslildevil]
Kasparaitis Named to Russia’s World Cup Roster 6/1
Darius Kasparaitis became the third Ranger to be selected to participate in the upcoming World Cup of Hockey 2004 when he was named to Team Russia’s roster earlier today.

Kasparaitis joins Jaromir Jagr (Czech Republic) and Henrik Lundqvist (Sweden) as Blueshirt players selected by their respective countries to participate in the tournament.

The 6-0, 215-pound blueliner has worn several national team jerseys during his career (USSR, CIS, Lithuania, Russia), participating in numerous international tournaments. He captured a gold medal with the Unified Team at the 1992 Winetr Olympics in Albertville, France. He was also a key member of Russia’s silver medal finish at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan and Russia’s bronze medal squad at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. Kasparaitis collected two assists for Team Russia at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey. The defenseman also participated in two World Junior Championships (1991 – silver, 1992 – gold) and two World Championships (1992, 1996).

From 1988-89 to 1992-93, Kasparaitis suited up for Dynamo Moscow of the Russian Elite League, recording 17 points (three goals, 14 assists) and 32 penalty minutes in 59 career matches.

The Elektrenai, Lithuania native appeared in 44 matches with New York last season, registering one goal and nine assists for 10 points, along with 48 penalty minutes before suffering a season-ending left knee injury on January 19, 2004 at Boston. In addition to his knee injury, Kasparaitis also underwent surgery to perform a re-section of his right clavicle on March 24, 2004. He signed with the Rangers as a free agent on July 2, 2002.

The World Cup of Hockey 2004 will feature eight of the top hockey nations in the world competing for the international hockey crown from August 30 through September 14, 2004.

Defending champion of the inaugural 1996 World Cup and 2002 Olympic silver medalist United States will be joined by 2002 Olympic gold medal-winner Canada, Russia and Slovakia in the North American pool. The Czech Republic, winners of the 1998 Olympic gold medal, Finland, Germany and Sweden will compete in the European pool.
Saturday, June 5th, 2004
1:31 pm
[brianslildevil]
Jagr Named to Czech Republic World Cup Team (5/25)
Team Czech Republic announced its roster for the World Cup of Hockey 2004 during a press conference in Prague, Czech Republic earlier today. Named to the squad was Rangers forward Jaromir Jagr.

Jagr joins Sweden's Henrik Lundqvist as Blueshirt players selected by their respective countries to participate in the tournament.

Jagr, 32, has represented the Czech Republic and Czechoslovakia in eight international events, including the Olympics (1998, 2002), the World Cup (1996), the Canada Cup (1991), World Championship (1990, 2002, 2004) and World Junior Championship (1990).

The native of Kladno, Czech Republic was acquired by the Rangers from the Washington Capitals on January 22, 2004 in exchange for Anson Carter. In 31 games with the Blueshirts last season, Jagr recorded 29 points (15 goals, 14 assists).

The World Cup of Hockey 2004 will feature eight of the top hockey nations in the world competing for the international hockey crown from August 30 through September 14, 2004.

Defending champion of the inaugural 1996 World Cup and 2002 Olympic silver medalist United States will be joined by 2002 Olympic gold medal-winner Canada, Russia and Slovakia in the North American pool. The Czech Republic, winners of the 1998 Olympic gold medal, Finland, Germany and Sweden will compete in the European pool.
Wednesday, June 2nd, 2004
2:37 pm
[brianslildevil]
DAN BLACKBURN REHAB UPDATE
For Rangers goaltender Dan Blackburn, the past year has been one of frustration and waiting. After suffering nerve damage in his left shoulder last summer while working out, the recently-turned 21-year old was sidelined for the entire 2003-04 season due to the difficult injury that would not heal.

Two months ago, on March 31, Blackburn's road to recovery may have been given a jump start. The netminder underwent nerve exploration surgery on his left shoulder, which has led to a significant improvement in the healing and rehabilitation process over the past eight weeks.

Blackburn has begun to step-up his conditioning program at the team's practice facility in Westchester, New York over the past few weeks under the watchful eye of the Rangers' medical staff.

Recently, MSG Network caught up with the 2001-02 NHL All-Rookie Team selection as well as with Rangers Medical Trainer Jim Ramsay for an update on his recovery process.

"Everything is headed in the right direction ... finally," said Blackburn after a workout that consisted of an off-ice and on-ice session. "I'm starting to do some weights in the weight room and just recently have been able to get on the ice, so that's pretty exciting."

"Two months ago, I didn't really know what was going to happen," added Blackburn. "I didn't think anybody really knew what was. Now we're at least getting some positive signs, so it's encouraging."

"He's getting stronger, he's becoming more functional and confident with his shoulder to the point where we're actually able to take him out on the ice now and do some drills with him," said Ramsay. "It's more positional stuff (on the ice). We're not really challenging his shoulder too much or putting him at risk of hurting the shoulder, but just getting him hungry again to be back out on that ice."

New York's first pick, 10th overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Blackburn has appeared in 63 career games for the Rangers, posting a 20-32-4 record, along with a 3.22 goals against average and a .894 save percentage.

In 2001-02, his rookie campaign in the National Hockey League, he was selected to the NHL All-Rookie Team after posting a 12-16-0 mark, along with a 3.28 goals against average and a .898 save percentage in 31 games with New York. He became just the second goaltender in NHL history under the age of 19 to post a five-game winning streak, recording a 5-0-0 mark from March 30 to April 8 (Tom Barrasso - 1983-84).

Blackburn registered his first Rangers/NHL win on October 15, 2001 at Montreal, stopping 22 of 23 shots in a 2-1 victory, becoming the third youngest goaltender to ever record a NHL victory (18 years, 148 days) and the second youngest netminder in franchise history to record a NHL win (John Vanbiesbrouck, 18 years, 93 days).

The 6-0, 191-pounder made his Rangers/NHL debut on October 10, 2001 vs. Washington, becoming the fifth youngest goaltender to appear in a NHL match (18 years, 143 days) and the second youngest in franchise history (John Vanbiesbrouck, 18 years, 93 days).

In 2002-03, Blackburn appeared in 32 matches, posting a record of 8-16-4, along with a 3.17 goals against average and a .890 save percentage. Blackburn posted his first career shutout on November 7, 2002 vs. Calgary, stopping all 26 shots in a 1-0 overtime victory. With the shutout, he became the youngest goaltender in franchise history to record a shutout (19 years, 171 days) and third youngest in NHL history.

The netminder also made 18 consecutive starts from November 7 to December 14, 2002 posting a 7-8-2 mark over the span, along with a 3.14 goals against average, becoming just the fourth goaltender in NHL history to make 15 or more consecutive starts as a teenager (Harry Lumley, Allan Bester and Harvey Bennett).
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