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Hollweg signs contract extension with Rangers

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

Forward Ryan Hollweg will be sticking with the Blueshirts in the 2007-08 season after signing a contract extension on Friday.

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New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has signed forward Ryan Hollweg to a contract extension.

Hollweg, 23, skated in 78 games with the Rangers this season, registering one goal and two assists, along with 131 penalty minutes. While establishing career-highs in games played (78) and penalty minutes (131), Hollweg led the Rangers and tied for seventh in the NHL with 231 hits. His 131 penalty minutes ranked second on the Blueshirts and tied for 13th in the league.

The 5-11, 210-pound forward has skated in 130 career NHL games with the Rangers, registering three goals and five assists for eight points, along with 215 penalty minutes. Last season, Hollweg appeared in 52 games with the Rangers, registering two goals and three assists, along with 84 penalty minutes.

His 84 penalty minutes ranked third on the team. Hollweg recorded his first career NHL point with an assist in his Rangers debut on October 5, 2005 at Philadelphia. In four postseason contests, he collected one assist and led the Blueshirts in hits (14) and penalty minutes (19).

He has also appeared in 88 career games with the Hartford Wolf pack of the American Hockey League (AHL), tallying 11 goals and eight assists for 19 points, along with 252 penalty minutes. In 2004-05, he ranked second on the Wolf Pack with 239 penalty minutes.

Prior to joining the professional ranks full time, Hollweg spent over four seasons (1999-00 – 2003-04) in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Medicine Hat Tigers. In 233 career WHL games, he registered 94 goals and 139 assists for 233 points, along with 478 penalty minutes. With 15 points (six goals and nine assists) in 20 postseason games in 2004, Hollweg helped the Tigers capture the WHL Championship and advance to the Memorial Cup.

A native of Downey, California, Hollweg was the Rangers eighth round selection, 238th overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.
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