Photo by Thomas Griffin

Marc Cavosie '03 spent a world-class holiday last December—in Russia, where he played with some of the most elite junior hockey players in the world.  

The 19-year-old sophomore was one of 22 players from the United States who competed for his country in the 2001 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Championship. The tournament, held from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5 in Russia, featured the world's top players under 20 years old.

"It's phenomenal hockey," says Cavosie.

Cavosie, the first RPI player to compete in the world tournament since Adam Bartell '95 in 1992-93, scored two goals and had four assists for his team, which finished fifth with a 5-2 record. The tournament was watched by scouts from around the world.

For Cavosie, the games in Moscow and surrounding cities brought home some special moments. Hearing his national anthem from across the seas was one of those big highlights.

"It really is something after a game when you hear your national anthem," recalls Cavosie, "because if you win you get to hear it. It's just something that's special. I'll probably always remember it."

As a freshman, the 6-foot, 180-pound Cavosie was selected to the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) All-Rookie Team after earning 12 goals and 18 assists for 30 points in 33 games played. The Cohoes native and graduate of Albany Academy was drafted by the Minnesota Wild in the fourth round, 99th overall, in last summer's National Hockey League (NHL) Entry Draft.


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