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Six Added To RPI Men’s Hockey Roster For 2021-2022 Campaign

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TROY, N.Y. – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) head men’s hockey head coach Dave Smith has announced the addition of six student-athletes to the 2021-22 roster. Joining this year’s team are three forwards, a pair of defensemen and a goaltender. 

“We are excited to add players who make our program better on and off the ice. Four transfers and two new freshmen will join our returning guys to build on the momentum of the 2019-20 season,” said Smith, who is entering his fifth season with the Engineers, though his fourth (2020-21) did not include competition due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “The experience each of these players gained, either at their NCAA school or in junior hockey, allows them to be contributors to our environment and our on-ice product. We are excited to get our group back together on the ice this fall.”

The six newcomers join a team that includes two graduate students, six seniors, six juniors and nine sophomores. Below is an alphabetical list of Rensselaer’s additions:

Jack Agnew
Defense (Shoots Right)
Jersey #6
5-11 / 195
Oakville, ON / Boston College (Hockey East)
Business and Management

  • One year at Boston College of Hockey East … Six games in 2020-21 … Played for Chilliwack Chiefs of BCHL in 2019-20 … Three goals and 19 assists in 52 games in 2019-20 … Two years at St. Andrew’s College … Assistant captain … Eight goals and 34 assists in 55 games in 2018-19 … Team’s Defensive Player of the Year once.

Anthony Baxter
Defense (Shoots Left)
Jersey #5
6-0 / 185
Oakville, ON / UMass Lowell (Hockey East)
Master’s in Supply Chain Management

  • Four years at UMass Lowell of Hockey East … Career-high three goals and two assists with 25 penalty minutes in 16 games as senior … Career-highs of 37 games and nine points (2 goals, 7 assists) as sophomore … Career-highs of nine assists, nine points and +12 in 2017-18 … Eight goals and 21 assists in 116 career games … Hockey East All-Academic each season … Played two seasons with Burlington Cougars of OJHL) … Three goals and 26 assists in 45 games in 2016-17 … Undergraduate degrees in finance and accounting.

Jakob Lee
Forward (Shoots Right)
Jersey #18
6-0 / 185
Owen Sound, ON / Brooks Bandits (AJHL)
Business and Management

  • One year at Merrimack of Hockey East … Played 13 games in 2020-21 … Two years with Brooks Bandits of AJHL … Captain … Had 32 goals and 42 assists for 74 points in 42 games in 2019-20 … Had 15 goals and 31 assists in 2018-19 … Team won Royal Bank Cup … Helped Listowel Cyclones to Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League championship.

Reid Leibold
Forward (Shoots Left)
Jersey #9
5-10 / 175
Ashburn, VA / Merrimack (Hockey East)
Business and Management

  • Two years with Maryland Black Bears of NAHL … Assistant captain … Seven goals and 11 assists for 18 points in 41 games in 2020-21 … Was +11 … Twenty points (8 goals, 12 assists) in 52 games in 2019-20 … Three-time US National Festival participant … Attended Northwood School. 

TJ Walsh
Forward (Shoots Left)
Jersey #13
5-9 / 165
Shrewsbury, MA / Northeastern (Hockey East)
Business and Management

  • Two years at Northeastern of Hockey East … Three assists in 15 games in 2020-21 … Two goals and three assists in 20 games as freshman … Hockey East Rookie of the Week once … Hockey East All-Academic … Played 53 games for Des Moines Buccaneers of USHL in 2018-19 … Had 17 goals and 32 assists, including team-high 15 power play helpers … USHL Forward of the Week once … Two seasons with Cedar Rapids RoughRiders of USHL (10 goals, 14 assists) … Captain of Team USA 5 Nations Team … Played for gold medal-winning Team USA in World Youth Games.

Jack Watson
Goalie (Catches Left)
Jersey #34
6-3 / 195
Toronto, ON / Coquitlam Express (BCHL)
Business and Management

  • Played for Coquitlam Express of BCHL in 2019-20 … Was 13-4-0 with 2.51 goals against average and .911 save percentage … One shutout … Was 4-0 with 2.19 GAA and .908 save percentage in playoffs (canceled due to COVID-19) … Two years with St. Michael’s Buzzers of OJHL … Was 18-16-0 with 3.11 goals against average and .921 save percentage in 2018-19 … Three shutouts … Graduated from St. Michaels Prep.

Rensselaer’s 2021-22 season begins with an exhibition game against Brock University on Saturday, October 2 at 4pm. The regular season starts six days later when RPI hosts Bowling Green University on October 8 at the Houston Field House (7pm).

(RPI Hockey Photo)

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