New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a professional contract with defenseman Bryce Lampman
of the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League (WHL). He will be assigned to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) immediately. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Lampman, 20, has appeared in 29 games with the Blazers this season, registering one goal and 17 assists for 18 points, along with 34 penalty minutes. He ranked sixth on the team and second among Kamloops rookies and 11th among WHL rookies in scoring with 18 points. Lampman also ranked third on the club with 17 assists. He returned to the Blazers’ lineup on December 13 after missing six games due to a shoulder injury.
The 6-1, 197-pounder was playing his first season in the WHL after attending the University of Nebraska-Omaha of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) for the 2001-02 season. In 26 games with Nebraska-Omaha, Lampman collected four assists and 28 penalty minutes. He tied for third on the team in scoring among defenseman with four points and was tied for second with four assists. Lampman was also tied for fourth among defenseman with 28 penalty minutes.
Prior to his collegiate career, Lampman appeared in 129 career matches with the Rochester Mustangs and the Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League (USHL), registering 14 goals and 21 assists for 35 points, along with 132 penalty minutes. In 2000-01, he captained the Lancers to the USHL championship and appeared in the 2001 USHL All-Star Game.
The Rochester, Minnesota native was the Rangers fourth round selection, 113th overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.