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Hollweg Provides Wolf Pack with Energy

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

Ryan Hollweg concluded the 2001-02 season with an impressive showing with Medicine Hat of the WHL, collecting 30 goals and 40 assists for 70 points, along with 121 penalty minutes in 58 games. New York's eighth round pick in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Hollweg has appeared in six games with the Wolf Pack since joining the team on March 21, notching a goal and an assist in six matches.

"I think I'm kind of an energy player," Hollweg told the Hartford Courant recently. "I just go out and crash and bang and try to finish my checks all over the rink, set up linemates, bury the puck when I have the chance and play strong defensively. People have said I might be a little small to play pro hockey (5-9, 201 pounds), but I just see that as throwing another log on the fire to show them wrong."

"You could tell when he strated practicing with us that he had tenacity, energy and drive," noted Wolf Pack head coach John Paddock. "I saw his competiveness and willingness in (preseason) rookie camp, but what has surprised me is he has shown some good hands, made some clever little passes. He has been impressive.

Wolf Pack captain Ken Gernander has also been impressed with Hollweg's play since joining the Pack. "He seemed to pick up everything we've been trying to do all season right away," Gernander told The Courant. "He has brought a little bit of energy, and that never hurts, especially if you're intelligent about how you use it."

"Coaches have always said defense is No. 1 and what makes teams successful," Hollweg said. "I've always been creative with the puck, but I know I have to be strong defensively if I want to get anywhere, and that's what I'm going to work on the hardest."

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