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At RPI, Some Heat on the Ice

Junior Forward Marc Cavosie Off to Solid Start as NHL Watches

By Matt Graves

Albany Times Union, November 9, 2001

TROY - According to the early returns, Marc Cavosie is headed for a breakout season for the RPI hockey team, and nobody is less surprised than his older brother.

"What really turned him around during the summer is he took a whole new attitude toward working out and what he wanted to do," said Eric Cavosie, a junior forward for the Engineers. "He works hard in school, but he'd much rather make a living in something that he loves to do. I think he finally realized that this summer."

And while RPI is off to a frustrating start (1-3, with all three losses by a single goal), Cohoes native Marc Cavosie has started his junior season with some brilliant performances.

The Albany Academy graduate leads RPI in points with 11 and shares the team lead in goals with five (with Matt Murley) heading into tonight's ECAC opener at Colgate (1-4). At his current pace, Cavosie would end the season with 40 goals, a feat accomplished only by All-Americans Frank Chiarelli, John Carter, Bob Brinkworth and Paul Midghall.

As one of seven current RPI players drafted by NHL teams, Cavosie, a 20-year-old forward, said he knows he's being watched constantly by pro scouts. Little more than a year younger than Eric, Marc was selected in the fourth round of the 2000 draft by Minnesota.

"Last year I think I played well, but I think I could have played better," Marc said. "I really concentrated on the offseason in getting bigger and stronger so I could be a more dominant player on the ice. I go out there and try each shift this year to play consistently, go hard and get my opportunities and get shots."

So far he's been successful, and Cavosie gives plenty of credit to linemates Andrew MacPherson and Ryan Shields. Together, the three have seven goals and 18 points.

"He's playing on a line that's got real good chemistry," RPI coach Dan Fridgen coach. "I consider Marc to be a creative forward. From our perspective, we're looking to make him more of a two-way forward."

Cavosie has always been a more offensive-minded forward than his brother, and he received on-the-job training as a freshman when he played on an RPI team that included Brad Tapper, the NCAA's leading goal-scorer for that season.

"When I came in, I was probably one of the smaller freshmen in the league," said Cavosie, now 6-foot and 180 pounds. "I was just happy to contribute at the time. I played with Tapper, and it was great playing with someone like that. You don't know how much a player like that can do for a young player, just to look up to him and see how he creates opportunities for himself and other players."

Last year, Cavosie was selected to play with the U.S. National Junior Team, which went on to the World Junior Championships in Russia. With two goals and six points in seven games, it was a productive and emotional experience for Cavosie.

"Being able to play for your country, I just can't even put it into words," he said. "It's special going over to Moscow and being able to put on a USA jersey."

Cavosie's roots go to Capital District Youth Hockey, where he and his brother quickly asserted themselves as stars. Their parents have been supportive since those early days, and the now-extended family usually can be found occupying about 20 seats at Houston Field House for any RPI home game.

But the future wasn't always so promising.

"The big point in my life was my junior year in high school when I tore my ACL (knee ligament) playing lacrosse," Cavosie said. "I felt like I just wanted to get into a good school, get an education, because it (hockey) ends. I was actually scared I wouldn't be able to play again, but once I recovered, that's when I realized to take it as far as you can go because it only lasts so long."

Yet since last year, it's begun to look as if there may be life in pro hockey for Cavosie.

"Once I got drafted, it was a realistic shot of going pro," he said. "Not many people get the opportunity, and I feel really lucky to be presented with that opportunity."

But Cavosie and Fridgen know there's work to be done to take his game to the next level.

"I tell players you need to continuously push yourself to the limit in order to realize your potential, and until you do that, you're putting a limit on your potential," Fridgen said. "I think he's seeing the big picture."