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Czech defenseman Richter signs with Rangers

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with defenseman Martin Richter.

Richter, 28, skated in 47 games with the Liberec Bili Tygri HC of the Czech Extraleague this season, registering six goals and 20 assists for 26 points, along with 64 penalty minutes. In five postseason contests, he collected one assist and eight penalty minutes. In addition, Richter participated in the 2006 World Championships in Riga, Latvia, where he recorded two assists along with eight penalty minutes in nine games, helping the Czech Republic capture a silver medal.

The 6-1, 205-pounder has appeared in 363 career regular season games with the Liberec, Sparta, Karlovy Vary and Olomouc of the Czech League and Saipa of the Finnish League, registering 24 goals and 59 assists for 83 points, along with 457 penalty minutes. Richter also skated with CSKA Moscow of the Russian Hockey League during the 2003-04 season and collected 33 penalty minutes in 14 games.

After signing his first professional contract on July 25, 2000, Richter made his North American debut with the Hartford Wolfpack on October 13, 2000 at Providence. In 29 games with the Wolfpack during the 2001-02 season, he picked up one goal and one assist, along with 36 penalty minutes.

Aside from his international experience in the 2006 World Championships, he represented his country at the 2001, 2002 and 2003 World Championship tournaments and was also a member of the Czech Republic national junior team that competed in the 1998 World Junior Championships. The native of Prostejov, Czech Republic was New York's ninth selection, 269th overall, in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.
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