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RPI goalie Kasdorf named ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year (updates with quote, video)

RPI freshman goalie Jason Kasdorf was named ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year on Thursday at the league's awards ceremony at Trump Plaza.

Kasdorf posted a 12-2-2 record in league play. He finished with the best goals-against average in the ECACH at 1.39, and was second in save percentage at .945. He was a big reason why RPI turned its season around in the second half of the year. The Engineers, who started 0-5-1 in league play, finished second with a 12-7-3 record.

“I wasn’t expecting it,” Kasdorf said. “I wasn’t expecting to play much this year, at all. The opportunity came up for me to get in a game, and I ended up having a good game. I kept working hard from there.”

He is the fifth RPI player to win the award, joining forward Bob Brinkworth, who was the first winner of the award in 1962, goalie Don Cutts in 1972, forward George Servinis in 1983 and forward Jerry D’Amigo in 2010.

Kasdorf was also named to the second team All-ECACH and the All-Rookie team.

RPI defenseman Nick Bailen was named to the first team All-ECACH.

Union had three players named to All-ECACH teams.

Defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere made the second team. Forward Daniel Carr and defenseman Mat Bodie were on the third team.

To see a video interview with Kasdorf and RPI coach Seth Appert, click here.

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