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NHL Selects Two RPI Defensemen

By Ed Weaver

Troy Record, June 22, 2008

TROY - Jeff Foss and Mike Bergin will be counted upon to be cornerstones of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute corps of defensemen next season.

Saturday, National Hockey League teams showed some interest in the pair, as Foss was selected by the Nashville Predators and Bergin by the Dallas Stars in the league's annual amateur draft.

Foss, a defenseman entering his sophomore season, was chosen in the sixth round, 166th overall. Bergin, an incoming freshman, was picked in th seventh round, 209th overall, by the Stars.

Other than goaltenders, Foss and Bergin are the second and third RPI players to be taken in the NHL draft since Marc Cavosie in 2000.

There have now been 54 Engineers selected all-time by National Hockey Leagues teams, including only 15 who have been selected higher than Foss.

The selection was especially special for Bergin, since the draft was held in the Ottawa suburb of Kanata, his home town.

As a freshman, Foss played in all 38 games, scoring one goal while adding three assists for four points. His physical and solid defensive positioning were said to be as good as any RPI defenseman.

A mechanical engineering major, he was an ECAC Hockey All-Academic selection.

A 6-2, 200-pound native of Moorhead, Minn., Foss came to Rensselaer from Moorhead High School, where he registered 15 goals and 31 assists for 46 points in 26 games as a senior.

Bergin, who is 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, joins RPI after playing the 2007-08 season with the Smiths Falls Bears of the Central Junior Hockey League (CJHL). In 33 games, he had 11 goals and 18 assists for 29 points. He had 38 penalty minutes.

Foss and Bergin are the third and fourth current members of the Engineers to be drafted, respectively. Fellow blueliner Christian Jensen, who will be a junior, was picked in the ninth round (289th overall) by the San Jose Sharks in 2004.

Goaltender Allen York, who will be a freshman this fall, was a sixth round pick (168th overall) by the Columbus Blue Jackets in last year's draft.

Rensselaer, which is coached by Seth Appert, opens the 2008-09 season on October 11 against Vermont in Quebec City.