New York Rangers sign UAF's Bobby Andrews

Posted: Thursday, March 21, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Less than a week after playing his final hockey game for the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Bobby Andrews has signed on with the New York Rangers.

Andrews signed a one-year contract with the Rangers Tuesday and received a signing bonus. The Rangers have assigned him to the Hartford Wolf Pack, its American Hockey League franchise.

''I'd like to introduce the New York Rangers' newest employee, Bobby Andrews,'' UAF coach Guy Gadowsky said Tuesday in the Nanooks Lounge.

Andrews then entered the room wearing a Rangers jersey and a big smile.

''I've been hoping something like this might happen,'' Andrews said. ''I'm really overwhelmed.''

Andrews impressed a number of National Hockey League scouts by earning the No. 1 Star of the Game during the Nanooks' 6-5 overtime loss to Ohio State Friday in the quarterfinals of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs at Joe Louis Arena Detroit.

''Whenever you play in Joe Louis Arena, it draws a lot of attention from a lot of people in organizations, top decision makers,'' said Andrews' player representative Jeff Solomon. ''Even in the one game, there were a lot of scouts and people that were there. Being the No. 1 Star of the Game created an impression.''

The terms of the contract and amount of the bonus were not disclosed. At least four other organizations -- Ottawa, New Jersey, Nashville and Los Angeles -- offered Andrews contracts. Several others, including San Jose and Columbus, had expressed an interest.

Andrews was set to depart Wednesday morning for Hartford and will play with the Wolf Pack on Friday against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. The Wolf Pack are in first place in the Eastern Conference of the AHL with 85 points; Bridgeport is four points back. Hartford has 10 games remaining in its season.

''This is a big moment for me personally,'' Andrews told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. ''This happened so quickly.

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