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Engineers Welcome Hockey Coach

Seth Appert was named Rensselaer’s 12th men’s hockey coach in April 2006

Seth Appert was named Rensselaer’s 12th men’s hockey coach in April. Photo by Kris Qua

Surrounded by the men’s ice hockey team, with RPI hockey fans cheering and “Hail Dear Old Rensselaer” playing in the background, President Shirley Ann Jackson welcomed the Institute’s 12th men’s ice hockey coach — Seth Appert — to campus at a gathering in the Mueller Center April 21.

“Every day is a good day to be a Rensselaer hockey fan, but today is a particularly great day for Rensselaer hockey,” President Jackson said. “Seth Appert’s passion for the sport and commitment to education make him a perfect fit for the Institute and we enthusiastically welcome him into the Rensselaer family.”

Appert, who succeeds Dan Fridgen, is taking over a program that returns 18 players from the 2005-06 season, including two of the top three scorers and the starting goaltender. In addition, Kirk MacDonald, the team’s top scorer in 2004-05 who was a medical red-shirt last season, also is expected to return.

“I am honored to lead the hockey program at such a prestigious institution as Rensselaer,” said Appert. “I am confident that my goals for the hockey program are consistent with Rensselaer’s institutional vision that stresses the overall excellence of the students and the athletes. I am looking forward to the challenge of developing and maintaining a hockey program that both the institution and the community will be proud to call their own.”

Appert recently concluded his ninth season as an assistant coach at the University of Denver, where he was responsible for recruiting, on-ice coaching, video breakdown, and game analysis work. He also played a big role in the development of Denver’s goaltenders. Three of his goaltenders have been draft picks of the National Hockey League, including one Hobey Baker Award finalist. Two of those netminders played in the NHL this season.

Appert helped Denver sign nationally ranked recruiting classes each of the past seven years. The Pioneers have captured two NCAA National Championships, three WCHA playoff championships, and two WCHA regular-season titles in his years of coaching at Denver. A four-year letterwinner at Ferris State from 1992-96, Appert has signed a four-year contract with Rensselaer.

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