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Haggerty Leaves RPI, Signs With NY Rangers

CHN Staff Report

The early end to a disappointing season also meant an early start to Ryan Haggerty's professional career.

The Rensselaer junior, coming off his team's loss in the ECAC first round to Dartmouth last weekend, has signed an entry level contract with the New York Rangers.

Haggerty scored 28 goals this season in 35 games, which is currently third in the nation behind Johnny Gaudreau (30) and Josh Archibald (29).

RPI coach Seth Appert told the Schenectady Gazette that he wasn't surprised by Haggerty's decision.

"He's handled this is in a real first-class manner," Appert told the Gazette. "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."

Haggerty had 47 goals total in three seasons with RPI, coming from the U.S. National Development program.

"I'm very proud of Ryan for how much he's improved in his three years," Appert told the Gazette. "He worked on his game. He put a lot of time into his game. He worked very hard over the summer."

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