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USA Nat'l. Junior Camp Concludes; Canadian Camp Opens

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


Five New York Rangers prospects took part in their respective National Junior Team Evaluation Camps, from which the United States and Canadian squads for the 2005 IIHF Under-20 World Junior Championship will be selected. Invited Blueshirt prospects include: Ryan Callahan (USA), Nigel Dawes (Canada), Brandon Dubinsky (USA), Chris Holt (USA) and Al Montoya (USA - right).

2004 U.S. NAT'L. JUNIOR TEAM EVALUATION CAMP
AUGUST 9-14, 2004
THIEF RIVER FALLS, MN. / GRAND FORKS, N.D.


Five months after its World Junior Championship team made history in Finland, USA Hockey set the field for a title-defense team with the opening of the 2004 U.S. National Junior Team Evaluation Camp on Monday, August 9.

Forty-two of the best American players under the age of 20, competed among two U.S. teams, plus Under-20 select teams from Sweden and Finland in Thief River Falls, Minnesota and Grand Forks, North Dalota, which will host the 2005 IIHF World Junior Championship.

RYAN CALLAHAN - TEAM WHITE
Ryan Callahan, a 5-10, 175-pound right winger, appeared in 68 games with the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) in 2003-04, ranking fourth on the team with 68 points (36 goals, 32 assists), along with 86 penalty minutes. The Rochester, New York native was New York's fourth round selection (127th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

BRANDON DUBINSKY - TEAM WHITE
Brandon Dubinsky, a 5-11, 180-pound center, led the Portland Winter Hawks of the Western Hockey League (WHL) with 48 assists and 78 points, while placing second with 30 goals and fourth with 137 penalty minutes in 2003-04. The Anchorage, Alaska native was selected by New York in the second round (60th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

CHRIS HOLT - TEAM BLUE
Chris Holt, a 6-3 218-pound netminder, completed his freshman season at the University of Nebraska-Omaha (8-26-5) in 2003-04, compiling a 5-17-2 record, along with a 3.24 goals against average and a .900 save percentage in 27 games. The native of Vancouver, British Columbia was selected by the Rangers in the sixth round (180th overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

AL MONTOYA - TEAM BLUE
Alvaro Montoya, a 6-1, 190-pound goaltender, backstopped Team USA to its first-ever gold medal finish at the 2004 IIHF Under-20 World Junior Championship, while being named the tournament's top goaltender. In 2003-04, Montoya earned 2003-04 Jofa/AHCA All-America West Second Team (the first University of Michigan All-American since the 2001-02 season) and 2003-04 All-CCHA Second Team honors in his sophomore season at the University of Michigan, compiling a 26-12-2 record, along with a 2.23 goals against average and .917 save percentage in 40 games.


The schedule for the 2004 U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp is as follows:

Mon., Aug. 9
Practice (Grand Forks)

Tues., Aug. 10
USA Blue 0, Sweden 3 (Grand Forks)
USA White 1, Finland 3 (Grand Forks)

Wed., Aug. 11
USA Blue vs. Finland (5 p.m., Thief River Falls)
USA White vs. Sweden (8 p.m., Thief River Falls)

Fri., Aug. 13
Sweden vs. Finland (4 p.m., Grand Forks)
USA Blue vs. USA White (7 p.m., Grand Forks)

Sat., Aug. 14
USA White vs. Sweden (1 p.m., Grand Forks)
USA Blue vs. Finland (4 p.m., Grand Forks)

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2004 CANADA NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM DEVELOPMENT CAMP
AUGUST 12-19, 2004
CALGARY, ALBERTA

Canadian National Junior Team Development Camp - SCHEDULE >>

Forty-four of Canada's best junior-aged hockey players (born in 1985 and 1986) are taking part in Canada's National Junior Team Development Camp from August 12-19, 2004 at the Father David Bauer Olympic Arena in Calgary, Alberta.

NIGEL DAWES
Nigel Dawes, a 5-8, 175-pound forward, was an integral part of Team Canada's silver medal finish at the 2004 IIHF Under-20 World Junior Championship in Finland, where he led all tournament players with six goals and tied for first among all players with 11 points in six games. In the gold medal game, he was named Team Canada's top player. The Winnipeg, Manitoba native, who was New York's fifth round selection (149th overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, led the Kootenay Ice (WHL) with 47 goals and 70 points in 56 games in 2003-04. His 47 goals ranked fourth in the WHL and his 70 points were 20th in the league. In addition, his 15 power play goals led the club and tied for seventh in the WHL, while his three shorthanded tallies ranked first on Kootenay and sixth in the league. Dawes was named to the 2003-04 WHL Western Conference First All-Star Team and was also named the recipient of the Brad Hornung Trophy as the Western Hockey League's Most Sportsmanlike Player.
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