|Ryan Callahan, a Rochester native, last played for Team USA at the 2005 World Junior Championships in North Dakota.
Rangers rookie forward Ryan Callahan isn't ready to end his 2006-07 season just yet. The 22-year-old who made a big impact on the Blueshirts after a late-season call-up from Hartford, was set to continue playing this month at the IIHF World Championship tournament in Russia, but a loss by Team USA in the tournament quarterfinals put a quick end to his stay in that country.
On Thursday, Callahan was officially added to the roster of the U.S. team competing at the World Championships. He joined the team just in time for the elimination round, but was not in the lineup for the quarterfinal game against Finland.
The Finns' Jere Lehtinen scored the winner in an overtime shootout, giving his country a 5-4 win over Team USA, knocking the Americans out of the tournament.
Team USA had gone 2-1- in the preliminary round, finishing second overall in Group B. The Americans beat Slovakia and Germany in their first two games before falling to Canada on Monday.
In another quarterfinal on Thursday, Canada beat Switzerland to reach the semis. In two other quarterfinals played on Wednesday, Russia defeated the Czech Republic 4-0, and Sweden toppled Slovakia 7-4.
Finland will face Russia in the semifinals on Saturday. Rangers defenseman Fedor Tyutin could reportedly be playing for the Russian host team in Saturday's game. The 23-year-old defenseman was a member of Russia's 2006 Olympic team.
Callahan was one of several NHL players on the U.S. team. Others include Carolina's Erik Cole and John Grahame, New Jersey's Zach Parise and Colorado's Paul Stastny. Former Ranger Adam Hall, now a member of the Minnesota Wild, is also on the roster.
Callahan, a native of Rochester, N.Y., is no stranger to international hockey, having represented the U.S. at the 2005 World Junior Championships, where he collected one goal and two assists, along with 29 penalty minutes in seven games. His 29 penalty minutes led the team. This, however, marks his first appearance in the World Championships.
The 5-11, 185-pound forward registered four goals and two assists, along with nine penalty minutes and a plus-five rating in 14 contests with the Rangers this season. He also skated in all 10 postseason games with the Blueshirts, collecting two goals and one assist, along with six penalty minutes and a plus-one rating.
Prior to his recall to the Rangers on March 15, the 2007 AHL All-Star led the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL) in goals (35), power play goals (15), shorthanded goals (four), and points (55). With 35 goals, Callahan tied Nigel Dawes' franchise record for goals in a season by a rookie. On April 4, Callahan was selected to the 2007 AHL All-Rookie Team, as voted by AHL players and media in each of the league's 27 member cities.
Team USA has not won a gold medal at a dedicated World Championship tournament since the 1960 Olympics, which were also officially deemed a World Championship event. Since then, no U.S. team has won more than a bronze.
The gold-medal and bronze-medal games are scheduled for Sunday. Last year, Sweden won the gold with a team that included Rangers center Michael Nylander.