Four Rangers Prospects to Participate in 2001 World Junior Championships
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New York Rangers' prospects Pavel Brendl, Jamie Lundmark, Sven Helfenstein and Henrik Lundqvist will represent their respective countries at the 2001 World Junior Championship in Russia. The tournament will take place from December 26 through January 5.
Brendl, 19, will compete for the Czech Republic and will be making his first appearance in the tournament. The 6-0, 204-pound right wing is currently playing for the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League (WHL). In 26 contests with the Hitmen, Brendl has registered 29 goals and 33 assists for 52 points, along with 24 penalty minutes. He presently ranks third in the league with 29 goals and ninth with 52 points. Brendl will be joining the defending champions of the tournament. A native of Opocno, Czech Republic, Brendl was originally drafted as Rangers first choice, fourth overall, in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.
Lundmark, 19, will make his second World Junior appearance for Canada. Last season, Lundmark helped lead Canada to a bronze medal at the 2000 World Junior Championship in Sweden, registering two goals and three assists for five points in seven matches. The 6-0, 185-pound center is currently playing for the Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL). In 20 matches with the Thunderbirds, he has tallied 17 goals and 17 assists for 34 points, along with 19 penalty minutes. A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Lundmark was originally drafted as the Rangers’ second choice, ninth overall, in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.
Helfenstein, 18, will be returning for his second World Junior appearance as a member of the Swiss National Junior team. Last season, Helfenstein registered two goals and four assists for six points in seven matches. The 5-11, 163-pound center is currently playing for Kloten of the Swiss Elite League (SUI). In seven matches, he has registered one assist and 12 penalty minutes. A native of Winterthur, Switzerland, Helfenstein was originally drafted as the Rangers’ sixth choice, 175th overall, in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.
Lundqvist, 18, will be tending goal for Sweden and will be making his first appearance in the tournament. The 5-11, 167-pound goaltender is currently playing for Frolunda of the Swedish Junior League (SWE). In four contests, Lundqvist has posted a 3.46 goals against average. A native of Are, Sweden, Lundqvist was originally drafted as the Rangers’ seventh choice, 205th, in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.