New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a professional contract with center Bobby Andrews of the Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). He will be assigned to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Andrews, 23, led the Nanooks in scoring this season, registering 14 goals and 23 assists for 37 points, along with 48 penalty minutes in 37 matches. He established career-highs in all major offensive categories, as well as ranked second on the club with a +14 plus/minus rating. Andrews was the recipient of several 2001-02 post-season honors, including CCHA Best Defensive Forward, All-CCHA Second Team and the CCHA All-Academic Team. He served as co-captain of the Nanooks this season.
The 6-1, 200-pound forward skated in 138 career matches with Alaska-Fairbanks, registering 41 goals and 62 assists for 103 points, along with 208 penalty minutes. As a sophomore, Andrews registered 13 goals and 12 assists for 25 points in 34 games, capturing the club’s top scorer, Most Valuable Player and Most Improved Second Year Player awards. Prior to attending the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, the Birtle, Manitoba native played his junior hockey for the Langley Thunder of the British Columbia Hockey League.