Kennedy to Lead Engineers

Photo by Sara Melikian
Photo by Sara Melikian

TROY, N.Y. – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) men’s ice hockey coach Seth Appert has named the captains for the 2010-11 season and John Kennedy has been selected to lead the club for the second straight year. Assisting the senior will be classmates Bryan Brulag – in his second year as an assistant captain – Chase Polacek and sophomore Jerry D’Amigo.

“I am excited to announce our captains for the 2010-11 season,” said Appert. “These four young men, supported by a strong senior class, embody the character, work ethic and integrity that I expect out of our student-athletes.  They will be a driving force, both on and off the ice, in our push towards winning an ECAC Championship.” 

A defenseman from Saginaw, Mich., Kennedy notched a goal and four assists for five points with 42 penalty minutes, while playing in all 39 games last season. Formerly of the St. Louis Bandits, all of his points came in the Engineers’ 22 ECAC Hockey contests, including his first collegiate goal, which came in a 5-3 victory over Quinnipiac at the Houston Field House on February 19.

Brutlag, also a blueliner out of Lakeville, Minn., was the Engineers’ top scoring defenseman for the second year in a row, recording 18 points on seven goals and 11 assists a season ago. Playing in all 39 games, he recorded two power-play goals and two game-winning tallies. In 22 league contests the Academy of Holy Angels graduate picked up five goals and four assists for nine points.

Polacek, who hails from Edina, Minn., played in all 39 games this year, tallying 26 goals and 26 assists for 52 points. He had 13 power play goals and two shorthanded goals. Also a former standout at the Academy of Holy Angels, he ranked third in the nation in power play goals, and was fifth and sixth, respectively, in points and goals. He was also eighth in goals per game (0.67), seventh in points per game (1.33) and 10th in shorthanded goals (2).

A winger from Binghamton, N.Y., D’Amigo finished second among ECAC Hockey freshman in scoring, totaling 34 points on 10 goals and 24 assists. Eighth in the league in assists, he ended up seventh in game-winning goals (3). Formerly of the U.S. National Under-18 Team, he also tallied three goals on the power-play and one shorthanded. In 21 ECAC Hockey games, he recorded seven goals and 17 assists for 24 points.

The Engineers finished last season with an 18-17-4 overall record and a 10-9-3 mark in ECAC Hockey play, earning home ice in the playoffs for the first time since the 2005-06 campaign.