Call of the Wild
Photo by Gary Gold
Marc Cavosie has the desireand abilityto prove he can play with the best.
In April, the 6-foot, 180-pound, 20-year-old Rensselaer hockey standout signed a professional contract with the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League. Cavosie, who was named this years ECAC (Eastern College Athletic Conference) Player of the Year, also was chosen as a finalist for the prestigious Hobey Baker Memorial Award, presented annually to the best Division I player in the country.
Ive had a tremendous experience at RPI and Im going to miss my teammates, coaches, and fans, Cavosie says. Its always been a dream of mine to play professional hockey, so to get this opportunity is amazing, says the Cohoes, N.Y., native, who was selected by the Minnesota Wild in the fourth round (99th overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.
We believe this is the best time for Marc to become a professional and continue his development as a player, says Doug Risebrough, Minnesota Wild executive vice president and general manager. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not released.
Cavosie, a forward, turned heads as he led the ECAC and ranked among the leaders in the nation in numerous offensive categories this season. In 36 games, he tallied 23 goals and 27 assists for 50 points. Nine of his goals came on the power play, two were short-handed, and four were game-winners. In 21 league games, he tallied 13 goals, including five power-play markers, and 17 assists. He also enjoyed a 17-game scoring streak in which he tallied 12 goals and 15 assists.
The American Hockey Coaches Association chose Cavosie and teammate Matt Murley as JOFA Division I Mens Hockey National All-Americans.
Marc is a talented hockey player who has worked hard at developing his skills. Over the course of his career, he has become the kind of team player that others would follow, says Dan Fridgen, Engineers head coach.
Cavosie, a management major, began playing hockey as a young child with his brother, Eric, also a member of Rensselaers squad.
Part of Marcs summer schedule last year included a trip to Sweden, where he worked to improve his skating and leg strength. He also added about 15 pounds of muscle. The rigorous training obviously has paid off.