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NHL Draft Combine Underway in Toronto

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


The NHL's annual fitness and medical testing combine for draft-eligible prospects begins today in Toronto with over 90 North American and European players on hand for interviews, fitness testing and medical examinations with all 30 NHL clubs taking part.

Blueshirt brass will meet with many of these prospects this week, which Rangers Director of Player Personnel Tom Renney considers "time very well spent."

Each player interview lasts between 20 and 40 minutes and provides the teams with valuable insight and information that sometimes are obscured by on-ice performance. Aside from personal interviews, each player is put through a rigorous strength and fitness test, as well as a medical test.

"These meetings allow us to put a face with the name and a body to the uniform," noted Renney. "It gives each player a chance to show us how they carry themselves away from the rink since we've already seen what they can do on the ice."

The 2002 NHL Entry Draft is set for June 22-23 in Toronto.


NHL FITNESS AND MEDICAL TESTING SCHEDULE:

Tuesday, May 28 to Thursday, May 30
- Interviews for European players will take place during the day

Friday, May 31
- North American players interviews take place during the day
- Medical and fitness testing throughout the day

Saturday, June 1
- North American players interviews take place during the day
- Medical and fitness testing throughout the day


For additional information on the NHL Fitness and Medical Testing combine and the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, click here.
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