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Rangers "Czech Mates" Chat an NHL Record

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
Rangers forwards Petr Nedved, Jan Hlavac and Radek Dvorak, "The Czech Line," participated in a live, bi-lingual chat session hosted at

http://www.newyorkrangers.com/fanzone/rangers_chat.asp yesterday afternoon. The interactive session featured the players fielding questions in both English and Czech, helping to generate the largest audience for a NHL chat to date with 636 logins. 14% of the users were from the Czech Republic. More than 100 participants remained on-line for one-half hour after the chat ended. This marks the first time that a Rangers player chat has been coordinated between the franchise’s web site and foreign correspondent agencies.

Links to the Rangers chat site location were supplied by Czech media outlets Galaxie TV Network at www.idnes.cz and Lidove Noviny at www.lidovenoviny.cz.

The “Czech Line” was formed following the acquisition of right wing Radek Dvorak from San Jose on December 30, 1999. Entering tonight’s game vs. Buffalo, the trio has combined for 77 points (35 goals, 42 assists) in 26 games since first taking to the ice together on January 5 in Toronto. Nedved, who hails from Liberec, Czech Republic has led the line with 15 goals and 16 assists for 31 points over the span, while Dvorak and Hlavac, both natives of Prague, Czech Republic have chipped in 24 and 22 points, respectively.

For more information on upcoming Rangers chats (Theoren Fleury - March 22 @ 1:00pm) or to access previous sessions, log on to http://www.newyorkrangers.com.
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