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Blueshirt Prospects Prepare for WJC Camps

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

The 2003 World Junior Championship isn’t slated to begin until December, but for Ryan Hollweg (right), Lee Falardeau and Shawn Collymore, the tourney begins in August. All three players have been invited by their respective national programs to participate in the development/evaluation camps to compete for the opportunity to represent their country in Nova Scotia at the end of the year.

Hollweg and Falardeau are two of 47 prospective players who have been invited to the U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp to be held from August 1-10 at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, New York.

Hollweg, selected by the Rangers in the eighth round (238th overall) in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, participated in the Camp last summer and represented the U.S. at the 2002 World Junior Championship in the Czech Republic, collecting five points and 33 penalty minutes in seven games. The Downey, California native recently completed his third season with the Medicine Hat Tigres of the Western Hockey League (WHL). The fesity right winger tallied 30 goals and 40 assists for 70 points, along with a 121 penalty minutes in only 58 games last season before joining the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL) for their stretch run. In eight games with the Wolf Pack, Hollweg collected one goal and one assist. He also saw action in nine playoff games with Hartford, notching two assists and 19 penalty minutes.

The 6-4, 203-pound Falardeau was the Blueshirts’ first selection of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft (second round – 33rd overall). The Midland, Michigan recently completed his freshman season at Michigan State University (CCHA), where he tallied 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) and 24 penalty minutes in 34 games with the Spartans.

Following two days of intrasquad scrimmages on August 3 and 4, the U.S. squad will square off against an under-20 select team from Finland for four games.

Collymore will join 43 of Canada’s top junior hockey players at the Canadian Nation Junior Development Camp to be held from August 10-20 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The LaSalle, Quebec native, a fifth round selection (139th overall) by the Rangers in the 2001 Entry Draft, completed his third season with the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, where he ranked second on the club with 57 points (23 goals, 34 assists) in 52 games during the 2001-02 campaign. He served as team captain for the 2001-02 campaign. Collymore led Quebec with 43 assists and 67 points during the 2000-01 campaign, while serving as alternate captain.

Be sure to visit in the coming weeks for updates on Hollweg, Falardeau and Collymore as they make their case to represent their respective countries at the 2003 World Junior tournament.
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