New York Ranger Anson Carter scored a wrap-around goal against Sweden in OT to win the gold medal in the World Championships to make headlines around the world, but there were a few other Ranger prospects in action at the WCs as well. Carter was the only the Rangers representative from the big club, but former Ranger and team Sweden member Ronnie Sundin played solid stay at home defense for Tre Kronor. Sundin (Frolunda) had a couple of coffee with New York a few years back is a big defenseman. He showed mobility and the ability to join the fast paced free flowing play of the Swedish Club. Sundin finished the tourney with 4 assists in 9 games.
Forgotten prospect Martin Richter played suprisingly aggressive hockey for the Czech Republic. He tallied one assist and a noteworthy 24 penalty minutes in 9 games as the Czechs had to settle for a 4th place finish. Richter was due to spend 2002-03 in Hartford but opted to return back to the Czech Republic and Sparta Praha.
Ranger goalie of the future Henrik Lundqvist also played for Team Sweden. He did not appear in any action but for the 21 year old it is a positive sign of things to come that he made the team. He backed up Edmonton`s Tommy Salo and Mikael Tellqvist of the St.John`s AHL Maple Leafs.
All in all for the Rangers few prospects/players it was a super tourney. Hopefully Lou Vairo can talk more of the USA`s best into playing next time around as this is critical for Olympic Placement. With guys like Chris Drury, Chris Clarke, Brian Leetch, Mike Dunham, Tom Poti etc. available but declining this time, maybe the situation will warrant their yes for next time around as the US will be in a tough pool.
Jan Hlavac netted 4 goals for the Czechs and played very well.
Mike Mottau played in six games for Team USA. Mottau was dealt to Calgary last season. He added an assist and he plays for the St.Johns Flames. Soren True, a former pick way back when, had a solid tourney for Denmark. He registered a goal and 3 points for the Danes who upset the US and tied Canada.