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Appert: If D'Amigo leaves, it will be for the right reason

Yahoo! Canada Sports is reporting that RPI forward Jerry D'Amigo will be signing a contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs, possibly as early as Wednesday.

D'Amigo, a native of Binghamton, was a sixth-round pick in last year's NHL draft by the Leafs. If he signs, the Leafs could assign him to their AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies, or he could play for the Ontario Hockey League's Kitchener Rangers, who hold his junior hockey rights.

"If it ends up that he does leave, he's leaving for the right reason," RPI coach Seth Appert said. "He's leaving because he has a chance to go make the Maple Leafs. He's made it very clear he has no interest in leaving to go to the Ontario Hockey League. But he is interested in looking at his opportunities with Toronto."

Appert complimented both D'Amigo and the Maple Leafs.

"Jerry's been great. He's handled this the right way," Appert said. "He's kept me in the loop for the last month and a half during the process, and so has Toronto. They've certainly talked about the possibility of it, but nothing's definite yet.

"They are in discussions, but nothing's concrete [and] nothing's been determined. They certainly are having conversations about it. Jerry's been outstanding. He's kept our staff, and he's kept his teammates abreast of the situation, and he's handled it in a first-class manner."

D'Amigo had 10 goals and 24 assists last season for RPI, and was the ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year. Last January, he helped Team USA win the World Junior Hockey Championships gold medal.

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