TROY, N.Y. — Rensselaer All-American Marc Cavosie has signed a professional hockey contract with the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League, thus relinquishing his final year of college eligibility. Terms of the contract are undisclosed.
“I’m thrilled,” the junior from nearby Cohoes, N.Y., said. “I’ve had a tremendous experience at RPI and I’m going to miss my teammates, coaches and the fans. However, my family and I agree that it’s time I move on and take on the challenges of playing professionally. It’s always been a dream of mine to play professional hockey, so to get this opportunity is amazing.”
“We believe this is the best time for Marc to become a professional and continue his development as a player,” said Wild Executive Vice President/General Manager Doug Risebrough.
A fourth-round choice (99th overall) of the Wild in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Cavosie, a forward, 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 shorthanded and four were game-winners. He also accumulated a team-high 44 penalty minutes. In 21 league games, he tallied 13 goals, including five power play markers, and 17 assists for 40 points.
Cavosie led the ECAC in overall points (50), assists (27), power play points (22) and shorthanded goals (2). He ranked second in overall goals (23) and game-winning goals (4) and third in overall power play goals (9) and shorthanded points (2). In league play, he was first in points (30) and assists (17) and second in goals (13). And among all players in the nation, Cavosie ranked seventh in points per game (1.39), 11th in goals per game (0.64), 15th in game-winning goals (4) and 17th in power play goals (9).
A graduate of Albany Academy, Cavosie notched multiple-points in 12 games, including two four-point efforts and four three-point contests. He had two-or-more goals in five games, including two hat tricks, and two-or-more assists five times, including two four-assist games. He also enjoyed a 17-game point-scoring streak in which he tallied 12 goals and 15 assists.
At season’s end Cavosie was recognized as an All-ECAC First Team selection, the ECAC Player of the Year, a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award and a First Team National All-American.
Coming into this year, Cavosie had 25 goals and 34 assists in 61 career games. He had 12 goals and 30 points in 33 games as a freshman, when he earned ECAC All-Rookie Team honors. The management major then scored 13 goals, including four power play markers, with 16 assists in 28 games as a sophomore.