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Cavosie Rediscovers Passion for Hockey

By Phil Janack

Schenectady Daily Gazette, September 29, 2005

In a two-year quest to find himself, Marc Cavosie has also rediscovered his game.

He knows his dad would be proud.

A 24-year-old Cohoes native who played locally at both Albany Academy and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Cavosie finds himself closer to home after three seasons with the Minnesota Wild's AHL affiliate in Houston.

He is skating on a tryout with the Philadelphia Phantoms, who host the Albany River Rats today in the third AHL preseason game for both teams. They have split the first two, with Cavosie netting a goal in the Sept. 18 opener.

"I spent the summer working out, training pretty hard and kind of refocusing everything in my hockey and personal life," Cavosie said. "I decided I wanted to go for it again, and really give it a hundred percent. I don't know if I really did that the last two years."

"Mostly, my thing was I didn't want to play just to pick up a paycheck. I wanted to realize my dream of getting to the NHL again. I kind of re-found my passion for the game this summer. This seemed like it was the best situation for me, in terms of them being open to the possibility of seeing me as a prospect and not necessarily as an AHL player."

It has been a long road for Cavosie, who had five goals and 19 points in 54 games as a rookie, and went 3-5-8 in 19 playoff games as Houston captured the Calder Cup.

Cavosie's father, Tom, was in the stands the day the Aeros beat Hamilton for the title, but a month later, on July 10, 2003, he died in a boating accident on a fishing trip off the coast of Newfoundland.

Tom Cavosie, who served as equipment manager for Marc and older brother Eric at both Albany Academy and RPI, was 55.

"Everything seemed to be going so well and so easily," Marc Cavosie said. "A lot of it, believe it or not, balanced around my father. He sharpened my skates every day in college and in high school. He was at the rink every day I played at RPI. Even my first year, my dad drove down and spent two weeks in Houston, and then we played in Norfolk the following week, and he was there."

"My whole hockey world pretty much revolved around him. He motivated me and kept me going, and to lose him and, in a sense, lose my motivation to play anymore, I had to find that and find my passion again. I think I did that this summer. I'm feeling good on the ice."

"I don't necessarily think this is going to be a year where it's going to make or break me, but I definitely think it's a year where I'm taking a step in the right direction as opposed to stumbling around blind."

To that end, Cavosie returned to the RPI classroom, signing up for a summer course that left him with a renewed sense of purpose.

"I took a class related to a lot of psychological issues I felt I was going through myself. I was unsure, but I wanted to learn about it," he said. "It really helped me kind of diagnose myself, and I convinced myself I needed something."

"Like everyone says, admitting to it is the first step, but it really proved true for me. I've been feeling better. I don't feel completely 100 percent, but I feel I'm going in the right direction now, and building confidence."

"When things go bad, you feel pessimistic, and you think everything's crumbling around you and there's no way out. I thought about it, took the class and did well, and started to learn a little about myself. I guess the bottom line is, I grew up."

Cavosie played 75 games for Houston in the season after his father's death, with 10 goals and 31 points, and went 3-17-20 in 60 games last year.

In three seasons at RPI, Cavosie played 97 games with 48 goals and 109 points, going 23-27-50 as a junior in being named ECAC Player of the Year as well as a first-team all-star.

His tryout in Philadelphia offers no guarantees, only opportunity. For now, that's all Cavosie is after.

"I really don't want sympathy from everybody," he said. "I told my agent, I don't want people feeling sorry for me. I want a fresh start, and Philadelphia was willing to give me that. Just the fact that they're giving me a chance here, I think they're going to take a real good look."

"I feel like I've been playing well, and I've become more creative and more the player I was in college, where I kind of came to the game and didn't wait for the game to come to me."

"I feel like if I keep playing the way I'm playing, everything should fall into place. Even if it doesn't work out here, other teams are seeing me play, and I'll catch on somewhere. The main thing is, in my mind, I know I can play at a higher level. I just want to get there."