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Lundqvist, Immonen Named to National Teams

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

Swedish goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (right) and Finnish forward Jarkko Immonen have been named to their respective national teams that will compete in the upcoming 2004 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship in the Czech Republic.

Lundqvist and Immonen join Mike Dunham (USA), Jan Hlavac (Czech Republic), Jaromir Jagr (Czech Republic) and Thomas Pock (Austria) as members of the Rangers organization who are expected to participate in the tournament. Defenseman Maxim Kondratiev (Russia) is also a possibility to play as well.

Lundqvist, 22, has represented Sweden in numerous international tournaments over the last few seasons. In 2000, he appeared in four matches for Sweden at the 2000 Under-18 World Junior Championship, posting a 2.25 goals against average and a .939 save percentage. Between 2001 and 2002, Lundqvist appeared in 14 games with Sweden at the Under-20 World Junior Championships. In 2003, he tended Sweden's goal for three games at the 2003 World Championship in Finland.

This past season the 6-1, 187-pound netminder appeared in 48 matches with Västra Frölunda, posting a 2.17 goals against average and a .927 save percentage. In 10 post-season matches with the club, Lundqvist posted a 1.97 goals against average and a .936 save percentage as Västra Frölunda fell to HV 71 in the Swedish Elite League semifinals.

In 2002-03, Lundqvist helped guide Västra Frölunda to the Swedish Elite League championship, while being named the Swedish Elite League's Junior of the Year in 2001-02.

The Are, Sweden native was New York's seventh selection, 205th overall, in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

Immonen, acquired by the Rangers in the March 3 trade that sent Brian Leetch to the Toronto Maple Leafs, has also represented his native Finland in previous international competition.

The 21-year old (who will turn 22 on April 19), was a member of Finland's National Junior Team that participated in the 2003 Under-20 World Junior Championship, where he posted seven points (four goals, three assists) in seven games. Immonen also represented Sweden at the 2003 Karjala Cup in Finland, where he was named the tournaments's top player.

The 6-1, 200-pound forward appeared in 52 games with JYP Jyväskylä of the Finnish League this past season, collecting 23 goals and 26 assists for 49 points, along with 28 penalty minutes.

The Rantasalmi, Finland native was originally Toronto's eighth round choice, 254th overall, in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.
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