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Goalie Kinkaid leaving Union (Updates)

Goalie Keith Kinkaid is leaving Union.

Kinkaid will sign with the New Jersey Devils, giving the final two years of his college eligibility.

A source said the deal would be announced Monday. The Hockey Future website reported that Kinkaid announced the deal on his Facebook page. However, Kinkaid e-mailed me saying he had not posted it on Facebook.

Union spokesman Jeff Weinstein said Dutchmen coach Nate Leaman was unavailable for comment.

"There’s nothing official at this time," Weinstein said. "If there is an announcement to be made, it will take place next week."

By signing with the Devils, the 21-year-old Kinkaid could remain in the Capital Region, provided New Jersey assigns him to the Albany Devils.

Kinkaid had an outstanding two years with the Dutchmen. The Farmingdale native went 37-18-6 with a 2.18 goals-against average, a .917 save percentage and four shutouts.

This season was his best, as he helped lead the Dutchmen to their first ECAC Hockey regular-season title, as well as their first NCAA tournament berth at the Division I level. Kinkaid posted a 25-10-3 overall record with a 1.99 GAA, a .920 save percentage and three shutouts. He also shared a shutout with sen­ior goalie Corey Milan in the final regular-season game against Princeton on Feb. 26, the night Union clinched the Cleary Cup.

Kinkaid became the second Union goalie to win the Ken Dryden Award as the league’s top goalie. He was 17-3-2 with an ECACH-best 1.90 GAA, a .926 save percentage and two shutouts. Trevor Koenig was the other Union goalie to win the award, earning it in the 1996-97 season.

Kinkaid also joined Koenig as the only Union Division I player to earn All-America status.

With Kinkaid leaving for the pros and Milan graduating in June, freshman Troy Grosenick is the lone goalie returning next season. Grosenick played in three games, starting once. He was 0-0-1 with a 2.12 GAA and an .897 save percentage.

In February, the Dutchmen received a verbal commitment from goalie Julien Laplante of the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Bonnyville Pontiacs. Laplante went 28-13-8 with a 2.09 GAA, third best in the league, a .925 save percentage, which was tied for third, and a league-leading nine shutouts.

Union has another goalie recruit in Niskayuna native Colin Stevens, who plays for the Boston Junior Bruins. However, he won’t be arriving until the 2012-13 season.

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