Two weeks after issuing a statement saying that he hoped to come back this season after treatment for testicular cancer, Rensselaer senior forward Kirk MacDonald has decided to apply for a medical redshirt this season to continue his recovery.
“My cancer treatments ended two months ago,” he said in a prepared statement two weeks ago. “Now I am working to regain my weight and my strength. Although I do not have a timetable, I am anxious to be back on campus and back on the ice.
“In the meantime, I wish my teammates well as they begin the season and will be following with interest. Their support, and the support of all of the RPI hockey fans, has been a big boost for me and my family.”
MacDonald was diagnosed with testicular cancer back in April and had been undergoing treatment. He led the Engineers last season with 36 points (16-20–36) and was named a captain for the coming season.