Rangers prospect Dylan Reese, a freshman defenseman at Harvard University, will be unable to participate for Team USA at the 2004 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Hockey Championship due to an injury suffered over the weekend.
In addition, University of Maine goaltender Jimmy Howard will also miss the tournament due to injury. University of Michigan defenseman Matt Hunwick will replace Reese on the 2004 U.S. National Junior Team roster
The 2004 IIHF World Junior Championship will take place from December 26, 2003 through January 5, 2004 in Helsinki and Hameenlinna, Finland.
Reese, the Rangers' seventh round draft choice (209th overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, has appeared in six games at Harvard University in his freshman season. He has been a significant contributor to Harvard's defense this season, which ranks fifth in the country (2.08 GAA).
The 6-1, 200-pounder is the 18th Crimson skater to be named to the U.S. Junior National Team.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Reese, who also attended the 2003 U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp in August, served as an alternate captain with the Pittsburgh Forge of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) last season. In 56 games, he tallied 11 goals and 30 assists for 41 points, along with 98 penalty minutes to help lead the club to the NAHL regular season crown, the playoff championship and the USA Hockey national championship.