New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a professional contract with forward Jed Ortmeyer of the University of Michigan Wolverines of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Ortmeyer, 24, served as the captain of the Wolverines during his senior season and ranked third on the team in scoring, registering 18 goals and 16 assists for 34 points, along with 48 penalty minutes in 36 matches. He received numerous post-season awards, including the Hal Downes Trophy as the team's most valuable player for the second consecutive season and a selection as the CCHA's Best Defensive Forward, while helping the Wolverines reach the NCAA Frozen Four Semifinals. 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.
The 6-1, 186-pounder skated in 146 career matches with Michigan, registering 52 goals and 66 assists for 118 points, along with 182 penalty minutes. 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. He is a native of Omaha, Nebraska.