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Pock extends time with Blueshirts

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

Defenseman Thomas Pock played in 44 regular-season games for the Rangers and all four of the playoff games vs. Atlanta.

OTHER SIGNINGS ON FRIDAY
Hollweg -- contract extension
Orr -- contract extension
Sanguinetti -- first NHL contract

Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has signed defenseman Thomas Pock to a contract extension.

Pock, 25, skated in 44 games with the Rangers this season, registering four goals and four assists, along with 16 penalty minutes. Pock established career-highs in games played (44), goals (four), assists (four), points (eight), penalty minutes (16) and shots on goal (76). On March 31 at Philadelphia, he notched his first career multi-point game with a goal and an assist, and over the last 11 games of the regular season, he collected three goals and three assists for six points.

In four postseason contests with the Blueshirts, Pock has registered three assists, along with four penalty minutes. In addition, Pock recorded one assist, along with a plus-one rating in four games with Hartford (AHL), after being assigned to the Wolf Pack for conditioning on December 11.

The 6-1, 210-pound defenseman has appeared in 58 career games with the Rangers, registering seven goals and seven assists, along with 20 penalty minutes. In 2005-06, Pock spent a majority of the season with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL), registering 15 goals and 46 assists for 61 points, along with 99 penalty minutes in 67 games.

He finished the season ranking second on the Wolf Pack in assists (46) and tied for fifth on the team in scoring with 61 points. His 61 points ranked third among all AHL defensemen and also set a Wolf Pack franchise record for points in a single season by a defenseman. Pock also skated in six postseason contests with the Wolf Pack, notching three assists along with 15 penalty minutes. In addition, the 2006 AHL All-Star appeared in eight games with the Rangers last season, registering one goal and one assist, along with four penalty minutes.

In 121 career American Hockey League (AHL) games with the Hartford Wolf Pack, Pock has collected 16 goals and 52 assists for 68 points, along with 156 penalty minutes.

Prior to joining the professional ranks in North America, Pock appeared in 130 career games with the University of Massachusetts Minutemen (Hockey East), registering 44 goals and 58 assists for 102 points, along with 179 penalty minutes.

He finished his U-Mass career tied for sixth on the school's all-time scoring list with 102 points. As a senior, Pock was named a Hockey East First Team All-Star, was selected to the Hockey East All-Tournament Team and was tabbed a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, given annually to the nation's top collegiate player. During his junior year, he was selected as a Hockey East Second Team All-Star and was also voted as the Minutemen's most valuable player.

Before attending the University of Massachusetts, the Klagenfurt, Austria native played for the Klagenfurt Athletic Club of the Austrian Senior League. He was also a member of the Austrian National Team at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah and at the World Championships in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005.

Pock was originally signed by the Rangers as a free agent on March 23, 2004.
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