TROY, NY -- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) student-athlete Jeff Foss has been selected by the Nashville Predators in the National Hockey League Entry Draft. Foss, a defenseman entering his sophomore season, was chosen in the sixth round, 166th overall. Additionally, incoming freshman Mike Bergin, also a defenseman, was picked in the seventh round, 209th overall, by the Dallas Stars.
"Obviously we are thrilled for Jeff and Mike," said RPI head coach Seth Appert. "Both young men work tremendously hard and being selected drafted is nice reward for them."
As a freshman, Foss played in all 38 games, scoring once while adding three assists for four points. He was also assessed 14 penalties for 28 minutes. All of his points and 24 of his penalty minutes came in 22 ECAC Hockey games. A mechanical engineering major, he was an ECAC Hockey All-Academic selection.
A 6-2, 200-pound native of Moorhead, Minn., Foss came to Rensselaer from Moorhead High School, where he registered 15 goals and 31 assists for 46 points in 26 games as a senior. He went on to play 11 regular season and four playoff games with the Sioux Falls Stampede of the United States Hockey League (USHL) that year. He had two assists, including one in the post-season.
Bergin, who is 6-3 and 200 pounds, joins RPI after playing the 2007-08 season with the Smiths Falls Bears of the Central Junior Hockey League (CJHL). In 33 games, he had 11 goals and 18 assists for 29 points. He also had 38 penalty minutes. Bergin is a native of Kanata, Ont., the city in which this year's NHL Entry Draft was held.
Foss and Bergin are the third and fourth current members of the Engineers to be drafted, respectively. Fellow blueliner Christian Jensen, who will be a junior, was picked in the ninth round (289th overall) by the San Jose Sharks in 2004. Goaltender Allen York, who will be a freshman this fall, was a sixth round pick (168th overall) by the Columbus Blue Jackets in last year's draft.
There have now been 54 Engineers selected all-time by National Hockey League teams, including only 15 who have been selected higher than Foss.