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Cavosie Leaving RPI

Engineer Signs with Wild, Will Forgo His Senior Year

By Tim Wilkin

Albany Times Union, April 16, 2002

The RPI hockey career of Marc Cavosie came to an end Monday when the junior from Cohoes signed a contract with the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League.

By signing a pro contract, Cavosie relinquishes his final year of college eligibility.

"This was a real long process and a very hard decision," Cavosie said Monday afternoon. "On one end of the spectrum, you want to get your degree and hang out with your buddies because these guys are like family to me. But, on the other end, you have hockey at the next level and that has always been a goal of mine."

Cavosie was a fourth round draft choice (99th pick overall) of the Wild in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. He said he received a call from Wild general manager Doug Risebrough after the Engineers' season ended last month.

After several talks, Cavosie signed a contract Monday.

"We believe this is the best time for Marc to become a professional and continue his development as a player," Risebrough said on the Wild's Web site.

The Wild's team policy is not to release terms of any player's contract.

Cavosie played 97 games in his RPI career and scored 48 goals and assisted on 61 others for 109 points. This past season, he had 23 goals and 27 assists and was named the ECAC's Player of the Year in addition to being a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award and a first team National All-American.

The 6-foot, 180-pound Cavosie is the first RPI player to leave for the NHL since Brad Tapper (Atlanta Thrashers) left after his junior season in 2000.

Cavosie said he spoke with Tapper as well as family members, teammates and RPI coach Dan Fridgen about his decision. His brother, Eric, will play his senior year for the Engineers next season.

"I know he regrets having to leave RPI," said Tom Cavosie, Marc's father. "But it's the best thing for him. He was close with the guys but this has been a dream of his."

Cavosie said there was talk of having him join the Wild's American Hockey League affiliate, the Houston Aeros, who are in the playoffs. However, he wanted to finish his junior year in academics before doing that.

The management major hopes to get his degree by taking classes in the summer.

"It's extremely important for me to leave here with a degree," Cavosie said. "If I don't, it would have been a waste. I promised my parents I would do it."

Cavosie's departure leaves Fridgen without his top two scorers for next season. Troy native Matt Murley graduates next month. Murley, whose NHL rights are owned by the Pittsburgh Penguins, had 24 goals and 22 assists this year.

The next best scorer for the Engineers was senior-to-be Carson Butterwick, who had 13 goals and 13 assists this past season.

"It goes without saying we are going to miss Marc," Fridgen said. "But he is ready for the next level. He did a lot of growing this year. I know it was a hard decision for him because I saw him as one of the captains next year. I know he struggled with this, but this is the best thing for him."

Cavosie spent part of Monday working out with his soon to be ex-teammates. He said he will miss playing hockey just outside his hometown. But he also is set to embrace the challenge of playing professional hockey.

He will attend training camp in Minnesota next year and hopes to make the NHL roster.

"Losing Marc will be a big loss but we have to live with it," said Nolan Graham, who will be a senior next season at RPI. "But this is great for Marc. It's an honor. We're very supportive of him. I wish I was in his shoes."