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Juneau Makes Cameo

Former RPI Star in Attendance at Houston Field House

By Jon Paul Morosi

Albany Times Union, December 9, 2004

TROY - In October, former RPI and NHL star Joe Juneau returned to his alma mater and skated with the current Engineers team in practice, as if an assistant coach. On Wednesday night, he saw those players in uniform, as he attended his first hockey game at Houston Field House since his 1991 graduation.

His trip here was a blend of business and pleasure. An aeronautical engineering major at RPI, he is now a partner and account manager at Quebec City-based Harfan Technologies. During his visit, he plans to speak with RPI representatives about a potential research and development partnership with Harfan.

Juneau said Harfan works with cities on building environmentally-safe infrastructure. He is responsible for developing the U.S. market.

"I was here to start my hockey career 15 years ago," Juneau said. "Now I'm here to start a new career."

Juneau, 36, retired after the Montreal Canadiens were swept from the playoffs last spring, prior to the ongoing NHL lockout that most viewed as inevitable.

"We all knew it was going to happen," said Juneau, whose 13-year NHL career included 156 goals, 416 assists, and 828 NHL games with Boston, Washington, Buffalo, Ottawa, Phoenix and Montreal. "It looks like I made a good decision."

Notes: Starting back-to-back games for the first time since mid-October, RPI freshman Jordan Alford (23 saves) improved to 4-2-1 ... Providence goaltender David Cacciola, last seen making 60 saves against No. 5 Boston College, stopped 25 ... RPI assistant coach Frank Bretti saw a familiar face on the ice last night. Providence winger Jamie Carroll played for him while he coached at Iona, which discontinued its program following the 2002-2003 season. Carroll was credited with an assist on Providence's first goal ... Union forward Josh Coyle, who leads the team's freshmen with five goals and nine points, will miss three to five weeks after his appendix was removed Tuesday. The announcement came one week after the team learned A.J. Palkovich would also miss five to six weeks due to an appendectomy.