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Rangers Re-Sign Forward Blair Betts

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has re-signed forward Blair Betts.

Betts, 24, appeared in 16 matches with the Hartford Wolf Pack last season, registering five goals and four assists for nine points, along with four penalty minutes. He collected his first Wolf Pack point with an assist on the game-winning goal against the Springfield Falcons on October 24, to help the club win its fourth straight game to start off the 2004-05 season. Betts earned first-star honors on November 28 against the Providence Bruins with his second straight game-winning goal and second three-point game of the season (one goal and two assists). Due to a shoulder injury that was suffered on December 5, 2004 in Manchester, he missed a total of 64 regular season games and six post-season contests.

The 6-3, 210-pounder has appeared in 35 career NHL contests with the Calgary Flames, collecting three goals and five assists for eight points, along with 12 penalty minutes. Betts scored his first career NHL goal in his NHL regular season debut vs. Minnesota on April 4, 2002 (Manny Fernandez). He recorded his first professional assist on March 18, 2003 at Los Angeles. As a member of Calgary's top minor league affiliate, the Saint John Flames, Betts registered 39 goals and 51 assists for 90 points, along with 44 penalty minutes in 161 games. He was also a member of the 2000-01 Calder Cup championship team in Saint John, posting two goals and three assists for five points in 19 post-season matches.

Prior to joining the professional ranks, Betts skated in 215 games for the Prince George Cougars of the Western Hockey League (WHL), registering 91 goals and 116 assists for 207 points. He finished his junior career as Prince George's all-time scoring leader with 207 points. Internationally, Betts was a member of Team Canada's entry in the 1999 World Junior Championships and the 2001 Spengler Cup, helping both teams capture the silver medal.

The native of Edmonton, Alberta was originally Calgary's second selection, 33rd overall, in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. The Rangers acquired Betts from Calgary on March 6, 2004 along with Jamie McLennan and Greg Moore, in exchange for Chris Simon and a 2004 seventh round draft choice (Matt Schneider).
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