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No Longer His Brother's Keeper

By Tim Wilkin

Albany Times Union, October 11, 2002

TROY - Eric Cavosie is nothing like his brother. And that isn't a bad thing at all for the RPI hockey team.

Brother Marc is the better-known Cavosie, but he is gone from the RPI family, playing pro hockey in the Minnesota Wild organization. In his last year with the Engineers, Marc Cavosie scored 23 goals and assisted on 27 others.

Now a senior, Eric Cavosie had no goals and five assists last season. He has one goal in 87 career college games. And that suits RPI coach Dan Fridgen just fine.

A 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, Eric Cavosie uses his size to his advantage. He'll hit anything that moves while on the ice.

"Eric is not afraid to throw his body around, and that is a good quality to have," Fridgen said. "He is a very aggressive player and will sacrifice his body. If he is banged up or 100 percent healthy, he goes out and plays the same way every night."

Cavosie's physical play is just that. He is a solid skater who is not out to police the ice as an enforcer. He had 13 minor penalties for 26 minutes in the box last winter.

The past two years he skated on a line with his brother. He wasn't there to score, but rather to help give Marc some room to maneuver on the ice.

"If the guys on the ice don't have the same jersey on that I have on, I feel bad for them," Eric Cavosie said. "I don't play dirty, I play physical, and that is what I take pride in. When you lay someone out with a great hit along the boards, it's a great feeling. When I was out there with Marc, the opposition had to look for me, to see where I was. It's nice to know that maybe they are scared of you a little bit."

With his brother getting paid to play, Eric Cavosie has no illusions of stepping up his offense. He will continue to play a grinding, checking style and be a stalwart on the penalty-killing unit.

"I would like to see him shoot the puck more because I think he has a good shot," Fridgen said. "He doesn't use it nearly as much as he should. If he does shoot more, he will not only surprise himself, he will surprise others."

Maybe he will shoot more. But probably not. If he had his choice of laying out an opponent with a jaw-rattling check or scoring a goal, he would not have to think about it for very long.