Two members of the Rangers organization, including 2005-06 team member Marcel Hossa, will be competing in the International Ice Hockey Federation's World Championship tournament in Riga, Latvia, this month. Tournament play begins Friday.
Hossa, a left wing who had 10 goals and six assists in 64 games with the Rangers this season, will play on the Slovakian team coached by his father, Frantisek Hossa, who also coached him at the recent 2006 Olympics in Torino, Italy.
Also in the tournament is one of the Rangers' European prospects. Defenseman Martin Richter, the Blueshirts' ninth-round pick in 2000, made the Czech Republic roster. Another prospect, Jan Marek, chosen by the Rangers in the eighth round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, was a late addition to the team but was cut hours before the tournament to make room for additional players whose NHL seasons had ended.
This past season, the 28-year-old Richter played for Liberec of the Czech Extraliga. He had his best offensive season in his first year with Liberec. His 26 points were twice what he scored with HC Sparta Praha in 2004-05.
The tournament opens with four games on Friday, including a matchup between the Czechs and host Latvian team. Hossa's Slovak team makes its debut against Kazakhstan on Monday.