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Callahan to Lead OHL's Guelph Storm in 2004-05

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

The Guelph Storm, defending Ontario Hockey League champions, recently named right wing Ryan Callahan captain of the 2004-05 club, Guelph General Manager and Head Coach Dave Barr announced earlier this week at the team's First Annual Season Ticket Holders 'Captain's' Barbeque.'

The 5-10, 180-pounder was selected by the Rangers in the fourth round, 127th overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

Callahan is coming off a strong second season with Guelph in which he averaged a point per game (36 goals and 32 assists in 68 games) and 86 penalty minutes during the regular season. In 22 post-season matches, he tied for second on the club with 21 points (13 goals, eight assists) in helping to guide the Storm to the 2003-04 OHL championship.

This past August, the Rochester, New York native participated in the United States National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, New York with hopes of being selected to the U.S. entry at the 2005 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Is a very good skater, combining speed and agility ... Is difficult to knock off his skates ... Is equally adept at creating plays for assists or finishing scoring chances himself ... Most of his points come from his drive and determination in going to prime scoring areas in the offensive zone ... Possesses sharp passing skills, especially through traffic ... Can play in all game situations ... Although not overly big in stature, effectively maintains his ice in front of the opposition's net ... Aggressively pursues loose pucks and opposition puck carriers in a forechecking role ... Is not intimidated when confronted in a tough, physical game.
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