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Rangers to Assign Seven to Hartford (AHL)

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

With the 2003-04 New York Rangers season reaching its end, seven players will have the opportunity to extend their season and compete for the American Hockey League's (AHL) Calder Cup championship.

Following the game, the following players were returned to Hartford, who have five games remaining on their 2003-04 regular season slate (including tomorrow's tilt at Providence - 4:05 PM ET):

Jozef Balej
Cory Larose
Garth Murray
Lawrence Nycholat
Jed Ortmeyer
Fedor Tyutin
Layne Ulmer

The Wolf pack sit atop the AHL's Atlantic Division with a record of 40-20-12-2, for 94 points through 74 matches.

With a 3-0 win over the Lowell Lock Monsters last night, the Pack have now posted 17 shutouts on the season (Jason LaBarbera recorded his 13th shutout). Among NHL and AHL records, only one club - the 1928-29 Montreal Canadiens - has recorded more shutouts in one season with 22.

In the win, defenseman Rory Rawlyk scored his first AHL goal, on the power play, with Rick Kozak picking up his first professional assist. Kozak, who was acquired by the Rangers in the March 9 trade that sent Vladimir Malakhov to Philadelphia, recently completed his Western Hockey League (WHL) season with the Kamloops Blazers and joined the Wolf Pack on an amateur tryout (ATO) basis. Forward Nigel Dawes recent joined the Wolf Pack as an ATO as well.
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