New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has signed defenseman Ivan Baranka
to a professional contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Baranka, 19, skated in 58 games with Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League (WHL) last season, registering three goals and 12 assists for 15 points. He ranked third among team defensemen with 15 points and second among Everett blueliners with 69 penalty minutes. In addition, Baranka appeared in 20 post-season contests for the Silvertips, led all team defensemen with three tallies and tied for first among the defensive corps with eight points.
A native of Ilava, Slovakia, Baranka has also appeared in multiple international tournaments for his country. In 2003, he was a member of Team Slovakia for the IIHF Under-18 World Championship, registering two points (one goal, one assist). Baranka also represented Slovakia at the 2004 IIHF Under-20 World Junior Championship in Finland, collecting two points (one goal, one assist).
The 6-2, 200-pound defenseman was the Rangers second choice, 50th overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. Baranka will return to the Everett Silvertips for the upcoming 2004-05 Western Hockey League season.