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Rangers Re-Sign Forward Ortmeyer

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

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Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has re-signed restricted free agent forward Jed Ortmeyer.

Ortmeyer, 27, appeared in 78 games with the Rangers last season, registering five goals and two assists, along with 38 penalty minutes. He ranked first among team forwards and seventh among all NHL forwards with 75 blocked shots, while his 125 hits placed third on the Rangers. In four postseason contests, Ortmeyer tallied one goal, along with four penalty minutes and led the team in plus/minus (plus-one).

The 6-0, 193-pounder has appeared in 136 career NHL games with the Rangers, collecting seven goals and six assists, along with 54 penalty minutes. During his rookie season in 2003-04, he skated in 58 games with the Blueshirts, tallying two goals and four assists, along with 16 penalty minutes.

He made his Rangers/NHL debut on November 15, 2003 at New Jersey and later notched his first career NHL goal/point on November 25, 2003 at Tampa Bay (Nikolai Khabibulin). At season's end, he received the Steven McDonald "Extra Effort" Award, as voted by the fans, for going "above and beyond the call of duty" on and off the ice. In 74 career AHL games with the Hartford Wolf Pack, Ortmeyer collected nine goals and 28 assists for 37 points, along with 67 penalty minutes.

Prior to turning professional, Ortmeyer appeared in 146 career games with the University of Michigan Wolverines of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA), totaling 52 goals and 66 assists for 118 points, along with 182 penalty minutes.

During his senior season, he served as the captain of the Wolverines and ranked third on the team in scoring, registering 18 goals and 16 assists for 34 points, along with 48 penalty minutes, in 36 contests. He received numerous post-season awards, including the Hal Downes Trophy as the team's most valuable player for two consecutive seasons, was selected as the CCHA's Best Defensive Forward, and helped the Wolverines reach the NCAA Frozen Four Semifinals.

At Michigan, Ortmeyer was also named to the NCAA Midwest Regional All-Tournament Team and captured the Bill Beagan Trophy as the most valuable player of the CCHA Super Six. As a junior, he was selected to the NCAA West Regional All-Tournament Team and the CCHA Super Six All-Tournament Team.

Prior to attending the University of Michigan, Ortmeyer played for the Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League (USHL), where he was named to the USHL All-Rookie Team and a Second Team All-Star in 1997-98.
The native of Omaha, Nebraska originally signed with the Rangers as a free agent on May 10, 2003.
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