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Lampman, Hollweg Selected to U.S. National Junior Team

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


USA Hockey today announced the 22-player roster for the 2002 United States National Junior Team, which will compete in the 2002 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Championship. The tournament, featuring the world's top players under 20 years old, will be held December 25, 2001 to January 4, 2002 in Pardubice and Hradec Kravlove, Czech Republic.

The roster announcement was made by U.S. National Junior Team Head Coach Keith Allain (Centerfield, Mass.), USA Hockey International Council Chairman Ron DeGregorio (Salem, N.H.) and USA Hockey Executive Director Doug Palazzari (Colorado Springs, Colo.).

"This team will possess skill, intelligence and grit," said Allain. "Our success will be determined on how quickly we can bring all of these qualities together to become a team. I am very excited about this team and have high expectations."

Included on the squad are Rangers 2001 draft selections Bryce Lampman (fourth round, 113th overall) and Ryan Hollweg (right - eighth round, 238th overall).

Lampman is currently in his freshman season at the University of Nebraska - Omaha and has registered three assists in 16 matches. The 6-1, 193-pound defenseman is tied for third on the club with 22 penalty minutes.

Hollweg is in his third season with the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League (WHL). The 5-11, 183-pound center is currently tied for second on the team with 33 points, ranks third with 14 goals and is tied for second with 19 assists. The native of Downey, California is also tied for second on Medicine Hat with six power play goals and tied for the team lead with four game-winning tallies.

The U.S. roster features 11 National Hockey League draftees including five returning players from the 2001 U.S. National Junior Team. This year's team features four players who were selected in the first round of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft including the top American selection, Mike Komisarek (Islip Terrace, N.Y./University of Michigan), who was taken seventh overall by Montreal. Other first round selections include: R.J. Umberger (Pittsburgh, Pa./Ohio State University), who was the 16th overall pick by Vancouver, Jason Bacashihua (Dearborn Heights, Mich./Plymouth), who went 26th to Dallas and David Steckel (West Bend, Wis./Ohio State University), who was taken 30th by Los Angeles. Umberger, Komisarek and Steckel all played on the 2001 U.S. National Junior Team.

Last year the United States finished in fifth place out of 10 teams, posting a 5-2-0 record at the IIHF World Junior Championship in Moscow.

Other returnees include: Plymouth Whaler forward Kris Vernarsky (Warren, Mich./Plymouth), and University of Notre Dame forward Rob Globke (West Bloomfield, Mich./Notre Dame).

The team will assemble in Ann Arbor, Mich., on December 16 in preparation for the 2002 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship. On December 19, the squad travels to Switzerland for exhibition games on December 21 versus Switzerland, and December 22 against Sweden, before beginning competition at the IIHF World Junior Championship on December 25 against host country and defending champion, the Czech Republic.
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