New York, July 24, 2000 -- New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with goaltenders Johan Holmqvist and Vitali Yeremeyev on professional contracts. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Holmqvist, (pronounced HOLM-kvist, YOH-han), 22, appeared in 41 games with the Brynas Gavle of the Swedish Elite League last season, posting a team-leading 2.57 goals against average and four shutouts and helping Brynas to a second place finish. He ranked sixth in the league in both goals against (2.57) and save percentage (.899). Holmqvist participated in the Swedish Elite League’s first-ever All-Star Game and was named to the First All-Star Team following the season. In addition, Holmqvist registered a 2.68 goals against average and one shutout while appearing in each of Brynas’ 11 post-season contests.
The 6-1, 190-pound netminder has appeared in 117 career matches with Brynas, posting a 2.67 goals against average and eight shutouts. In the post-season, Holmqvist has registered a 2.74 goals against average in 59 career playoff contests with Brynas. Holmqvist led Brynas to the 1998-99 Swedish Elite League championship. Holmqvist has played on the Swedish national team for the past two seasons, and participated in the 1998 World Junior Championships in Helsinki, Finland. The native of Tolfta, Sweden was New York’s ninth selection, 175th overall, in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.
Yeremeyev, (pronounced yehr-eh-MAY-ehv), 24, appeared in 26 regular season games with Dynamo Moscow of the Russian Hockey League, posting a league-leading 1.23 goals against average and leading Dynamo to a first place finish. Yeremeyev also tied for first in the league with seven shutouts during the season. Appearing in all 17 post-season contests for Dynamo, Yeremeyev led all goaltenders with a 1.27 goals against average and four shutouts, leading Dynamo to the league championship.
The 5-10, 167-pounder is a six-year veteran in the Russian Hockey League, playing for CSKA Moscow, Yaroslav and Dynamo Moscow. In 150 career outings, Yeremeyev has posted a 1.82 goals against average and 15 shutouts. Yeremeyev has posted a 1.72 goals against average and four shutouts in 23 career post-season contests. Yeremeyev also appeared in seven outings at the 1998 Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan with Team Kazakhstan. The native of Ust-Kamenogorsk, USSR was New York’s eleventh choice, 209th overall, in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft.