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Tripp Set for AHL All-Star Debut; Seeks Return to NHL

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

For the past month, John Tripp has been living a childhood dream. After making his NHL debut with the Rangers on January 8, collecting a pair of assists in a Rangers home win over Carolina, the winger tallied his first NHL goal in a 4-2 Blueshirt win in Nashville on January 23 -- all coming as the left wing on a line centered by Mark Messier. Not a bad month for the 25-year old rookie, who registered three points and a plus-one rating in nine matches with New York.

Tonight, Tripp's memorable month will continue as he represents the Hartford Wolf Pack at the 2003 AHL All-Star Classic in Portland, Maine. Tripp, who was reassigned to Hartford on January 29, leads the Wolf Pack with 21 goals and eight power play tallies, while ranking third on the club with 32 points.

"It's nice to be recognized because it's not often you get to go to an All-Star Game, and I'm going to have some fun," Tripp recently told the Hartford Courant.

"Then I want to refocus and get something accomplished team-wise and personal-wise. I really want to make sure I have a successful second half, show I deserved to be [in the All-Star Game] and attain another goal, a career in the NHL."

Tonight's AHL-All-Star Classic will be broadacst live on Fox Sports Net New York beginning at 7:00 PM ET.
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