Three recent Rangers draft choices from the 2003 NHL Entry Draft have been invited to represent their respective countries at the 2004 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship. The tournament will take place from December 25, 2003 to January 4, 2004 in Helsinki and Hameenlinna, Finland.
Dartmouth forward Hugh Jessiman (right - Darien, Connecticut) and soon-to-be Harvard defenseman Dylan Reese (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), both selected by the Blueshirts last weekend in Nashville (first and seventh rounds respectively), have earned invitations to the 2003 United States National Junior Evaluation Camp, which includes 43 of the best American players under the age of 20.
The camp will be held from August 3-10 at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, New York and will include exhibition contests between two U.S. squads (Teams Blue and White) and under-20 select teams from Finland and Sweden.
In addition, Kootenay Ice winger Nigel Dawes (Winnipeg, Manitoba), selected by New York in the fifth round of the 2003 Entry Draft, has been invited to Canada’s National Junior Team Development Camp from August 9-18 at the Father David Bauer Olympic Arena in Calgary, Alberta. The camp will consist of 44 of Canada's brightest young stars under the age of 20.