Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Injury update

Here's the update on RPI's injured hockey players and their status for Friday night's season opener against Minnesota State.
Jr. RW Greg Burgdoerfer, shoulder, out;
Fr. LW Mark McGowan, back, out;
Jr. G Bryce Merriam, knee, questionable;
Fr. RW Ryan Haggerty, leg, probable;
As mentioned on Tuesday, the University of Notre Dame has joined the Hockey East conference and that league is informally looking to add RPI as its 12th team within the next two years.
Little is known about RPI's plans to joining HE, regarded as college hockey's best loop these days, or remaining in ECAC Hockey. Coach Seth Appert, Athletic Director Jim Knowlton and everyone else at the school declines to comment.
One thing is known. The Institute, according to sources, will extensively explore the possibility -- and the pros and cons -- of moving to the New England-based league, dominated in recent years by Boston College, Boston University and New Hampshire.
How long will RPI's internal exploration take?
It'll be sooner, rather than later, sources believe.
What are the chances Rensselaer makes the big move?
From here, in the area of 60-40, 62-38.
Yes, though the contingencies are many, it could happen!


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