New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with right wing Jeff Ulmer. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Jeff really impressed me when he joined our club in Houston at the end of last season,” said Rangers head coach Ron Low, who served as head coach of the IHL’s Houston Aeros. “He’s a feisty, hard-working player who earns everything he gets on the ice. The Canadian National Team did a great job developing Jeff’s skills, and he was a key player for us down the stretch and in the playoffs. He certainly has the potential to do very well in our organization.”
Ulmer, 23, began last season with the Canadian National Team, collecting 15 goals and 25 assists for 40 points, along with 20 penalty minutes in 47 games before being signed by the Houston Aeros of the International Hockey League (IHL). He appeared in five regular season games with Houston, notching one goal and two assists for three points. A four-year player at the University of North Dakota, Ulmer made his professional debut with the Aeros on April 11 against the Kansas City Blades. In 11 post-season matches with Houston, he tallied two goals and four assists for six points, along with 6 penalty minutes.
The 5-11, 190-pounder attended the University of North Dakota from 1995 through 1999, registering 39 goals and 46 assists for 85 points, along with 132 penalty minutes in 135 collegiate games with the Fighting Sioux. In his final season at North Dakota, he ranked seventh on the team’s scoring list, posting career bests in all offensive categories with 16 goals and 20 assists for 36 points. The native of Wilcox, Saskatchewan was also a three-time WCHA All-Academic team member.