Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a professional contract with forward Ryan Callahan
Callahan, 21, skated in 62 games with the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) this season, registering 52 goals and 32 assists for 84 points, along with 126 penalty minutes. The OHL Western Conference All-Star led the Storm in goals, points and plus/minus (+29) during the regular season, while his 52 goals ranked fourth in the league.
A winner of the Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy as the OHL's Top Overage Player, the Guelph Captain was also recognized in the 2005-06 OHL Western Conference Coaches Poll, finishing in the top three for the "Smartest Player," "Most Dangerous in the Goal Area" and the "Best Defensive Forward." In addition, Callahan appeared in 13 postseason contests with the Storm and tied for sixth in the league in scoring with 24 points (seven goals and 17 assists).
The 5-11, 185-pound forward has skated in 249 career games with Guelph (OHL), registering 130 goals and 107 assists for 237 points, along with 367 penalty minutes. His 130 career regular season goals ranks first in Guelph Storm history. In 50 career playoff games, he has collected 21 goals and 29 assists for 50 points, along with 48 penalty minutes.
Internationally, Callahan appeared in seven games with Team USA at the 2005 IIHF (U-20) World Junior Championships where he picked up one goal and two assists, along with 29 penalty minutes.
The native of Rochester, New York was originally the Rangers' fourth round choice, 127th overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.