Foo close to a decision on NHL team

Choices narrowed to 4 teams
Former Union hockey standout Spencer Foo could sign an NHL contract as soon as Tuesday.
Former Union hockey standout Spencer Foo could sign an NHL contract as soon as Tuesday.

The Spencer Foo sweepstakes is almost over.

Foo, the former Union College hockey standout, could decide what NHL organization he signs with as early as Tuesday, his agent Michael Kaye said on Monday.

Kaye was meeting with Foo and his family to look over the offers. Kaye confirmed there are four teams are in the running for Foo’s services. They are the Calgary Flames, the Detroit Red Wings, Foo’s hometown Edmonton Oilers and the expansion Vegas Golden Knights.

Shortly after the Dutchmen’s season ended in March, Foo announced that he was foregoing up his senior season to turn pro. Unlike most college players who give up their eligibility and sign with an NHL team right away, Foo chose to take his time.

“This has been a very difficult decision for my family and I, but we believe it is the best decision for my hockey career,” Foo said in a statement when he announced his decision March 29.

The decision was even more difficult because he won’t be playing with his young brother Parker, who was selected in the fifth round of the NHL Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday.

Foo had an outstanding junior season. He was second in scoring to Mike Vecchione with 26 goals and a team-leading 36 assists, which is a Dutchmen single-season record. Foo led the team in power-play goals (11), plus/minus rating (+29) and shots on goal (151).

He was an All-ECAC Hockey First Team selection and a Hobey Baker Memorial Award finalist. Foo’s 62 points were fourth best in the nation. He also compiled a program-record 21-game point streak and registered at least one point in 34 of 38 games.

Foo finished his career with 112 points on 49 goals and 63 assists. He is 18th on Union’s all-time scoring list, and 11th on the Division I era scoring list.

The first RPI recruiting class for new head coach Dave Smith was announced Monday.

Of the nine players joining the Engineers, seven of them are forwards. The forwards are Jaren Burke (Ottawa/Central Canadian Junior Hockey League), Bill Jerry (Madison/ U.S. Hockey League), Emil Ohrvall (Waterloo/USHL), Gavin Payne (Langley/British Columbia Hockey League), Jon Richards (Austin/North American Hockey League), Owen Stout (Coquitlam/BCHL) and Troy York (Lone Star/NAHL).

The other recruits are defenseman Matthew Harris (Boston/U.S. Premier Hockey League) and goalie Linden Marshall (Trail/BCHL).

“Each of the guys from the incoming class bring something different to our hockey team,” Smith said in a statement. “What I like most about them is that we began with the foundation of being positive, team-first and competitive. Their backgrounds are very diverse and experiences much different. Each of them has played a role on their team as a leader. They will join our returning group and add to our program’s on ice strengths of skating, skill and character, all things that they have showcased throughout their career.”

Reach Gazette Sportswriter Ken Schott at 395-3159, [email protected], or on Twitter @slapschotts. Read his take on college and pro hockey any time by checking out his blog, Parting Schotts.

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