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RPI men's hockey announces 2013-14 recruiting class

By Ken Schott
Monday, July 15, 2013

The RPI men's hockey team announced its 2013-14 recruiting class Monday.

Five players -- three forwards, one defenseman and one goalie -- will be joining the Engineers. The forwards are Riley Bourbonnais, Jake Wood and Jimmy DeVito. The defenseman is Parker Reno, and the goalie is Jake Soffer.

"I am excited to welcome these five young men and their families to the RPI Hockey Family. They bring an important combination of talent, toughness, competitiveness and character to our program," RPI coach Seth Appert said. "This group will continue to push us in pursuit of ECAC and NCAA championships, while maintaining our tradition of academic and social excellence. I would like to thank assistant coaches Bryan Vines and Nolan Graham for their tireless efforts on the road, recruiting high quality young men and families to our program."

Here are details in each player. Information is provided by the RPI sports information office.

Forwards

Riley Bourbonnais (5-10, 190) from Rochester, NY/Lincoln Stars (USHL)

63 regular-season games … 25 goals and 24 assists for 49 points … 46 penalty minutes.

Three playoff games … Zero goals and three assists for three points … Four penalty minutes.

"Riley brings two years of USHL experience where he produced offense at a high level," Appert said. "His stick skill, strength on the puck and offensive playmaking ability give him the opportunity to be valuable contributor at both ends of the ice."

Jake Wood (5-7, 160) from Georgetown, Ontario/Lincoln Stars (USHL)

60 regular-season games … 11 goals and 15 assists for 26 points … 151 penalty minutes.

"Jake plays a style that will endear him to the RPI faithful while aggravating opponents," Appert said. "He is fast, skilled and tough while playing a relentless attacking style of play that we value in our program."

Jimmy DeVito (5-10, 165) Bloomington, IL/Lincoln Stars (USHL)

57 regular-season games … Six goals and 14 assists for 20 points … 233 penalty minutes.

"Jimmy brings over 150 games of USHL experience while earning valuable experience along the way," Appert said. "He is intelligent, skilled and very tough to play against. His intelligence and toughness is a very important combination for our program."

Defenseman

Parker Reno (6-1, 190) Edina, MN/Edina High School

31 regular-season games played … Two goals and 22 assists for 24 points.

“Parker is an elite skating defenseman who captained his Edina High School team earning his second state championship," Appert said. "He combines the skating ability, hockey intelligence, and competitiveness to become a top college defenseman."

Goalie

Jake Soffer (6-0, 165) Potomac, MD/Boston Bandits (EJHL)

29 regular-season games … Had a 9-14-2 record … Compiled a 2.64 goals against average and a .909 save percentage.

"Jake had a very good year for the Boston Bandits," Appert said. "He is a competitive goaltender with a work ethic to help build depth for our program at that position."

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