Rangers Center Manny Malhotra Reassigned to Guelph (OHL)
/ New York Rangers
New York Rangers President and General Manager Neil Smith announced today that Rangers center Manny Malhotra has been reassigned to the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). Malhotra will be available to the club for their remaining five regular season contests and any playoff matches. The Storm have posted a 26-33-4-1 record in 63 games this season and currently rank fourth in the Midwest Division and eighth in the OHL’s Western Conference.
Malhotra, 19, has appeared in 27 contests with the Rangers this season, collecting four penalty minutes. He has tallied eight goals and eight assists for 16 points, along with 17 penalty minutes in 100 games with New York over the last two seasons. Malhotra skated in his 100th NHL game on February 13 vs. the New York Islanders.
The 6-2, 210-pound center notched 32 goals and 63 assists for 95 points, along with 55 penalty minutes in 118 career junior matches with Guelph of the Ontario Hockey League. He captained Team Canada at the 2000 World Junior Championships in Sweden, collecting two assists and eight penalty minutes in seven tournament matches, helping lead the club to a bronze medal finish. He also represented Team Canada at the 1998 World Junior Championships in Finland, appearing in all seven matches with the club. Malhotra captained the gold medal-winning Team Canada squad at the under-18 Tournament in the Czech Republic in 1997.
The native of Mississauga, Ontario was New York’s first choice, seventh overall, in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.