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RPI Hoping to See Green

Junior Forward Poised for a Breakout Season

By Ed Weaver

Troy Record, October 4, 2005

TROY - Tommy Green knew why a reporter wanted to talk to him for a pre-season story, even though he had just one goal last season and 24 healthy scratches among a 38-game schedule.

"I'm hoping it's because I had a pretty good freshman year," said the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute junior winger. "I didn't perform well last year and I have to redeem myself and have a good year."

With leading goal-scorer Kirk MacDonald battling testicular cancer and unavailable to the team indefinitely, other Engineer forwards are going to have to fill the void.

The slender Green, who slithers though the defense and can get good shots down low, scored six goals in 22 games during his freshman season. He's been unable to nail down a permanent spot in the lineup since, however.

That Green hasn't added much physical strength to his 5-foot-10, 171-pound has disappointed RPI coaches.

And his defense and backchecking have not been sound.

"My defensive-zone coverage, I was lacking a little bit," Green said. "Maybe a little (lack) of strength, too. But I worked on that this summer, real hard, and I worked on my defensive-zone a lot. Hopefully, it'll be enough to stay in there (the lineup).

Though he's still one of RPI's smaller two or three players, Green likes the shape he's in.

"Oh, it's the best shape I've ever been in," he said. "And I'm skating real well, shooting the puck well. Everything's going real well for me and hopefully it keeps on right into the season."

Even with MacDonald out, the Engineers' roster is overloaded with right wingers.

"I've played a little left wing," Green said. "The wings are pretty much the same."

For a guy who was not in the grand scheme once the 2004-05 season unfolded, Green's name comes up in conversation among RPI fans quite often.

What can the Houston Field House faithful reasonably expect from the Martensville, Sask. native?

"I'm hoping to put up some numbers like my freshman year or a little better," Green said. "I don't know what the fans are expecting. I hope they can get behind us. I guess that's good that I'm on people's minds. Hopefully, I can put the puck in the net and score a few points for them."

Green can take some confidence in the fact that he'll get his chance and that head coach Dan Fridgen still has faith in him.

When asked what sophomore forward he looks to have a breakout season, Fridgen pointed to speedy left winger Jonathan Ornelas.

Then, without prompting, he added, "and for a junior I expect to have a breakout season, Tommy Green."