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RPI's Ryan Haggerty signs with New York Rangers

RPI's Ryan Haggerty signs with New York Rangers

Ryan Haggerty has parlayed his outstanding season into a NHL deal

RPI's Ryan Haggerty has parlayed his outstanding season into a NHL deal.

The junior forward has signed a free-agent contract with the New York Rangers, the team announced Wednesday. Haggerty led the Engineers in scoring with 28 goals and 15 assists in 35 games.

RPI's season ended Sunday when it was eliminated by Dartmouth in Game 3 of the ECAC Hockey tournament first-round series.

"It's not a surprise," RPI coach Seth Appert said. "He's handled this is in a real first-class manner. We've had good discussions. ... With the season he's had and the number of teams heavily in pursuit of him, it seemed like the right time and the right opportunity for him."

Coming into the season, Haggerty had 19 goals and 22 assists in first two years. The Stamford, Conn., native came to RPI from the U.S. National Development Team.

"I'm very proud of Ryan for how much he's improved in his three years," Appert said. "It's what you strive for in your players. But he really made incredible improvements over his three years because he came to the rink every day to try and get better and not just to get through practice or see how practice was going to go. He worked on his game. He put a lot of time into his game. He worked very hard over the summer.

"He played for the most heavily scouted program in the world. No program is more scouted heavily that the U.S. program. He was undrafted. It's a real credit to his work ethic of how much he's improved in the last three years."

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