TROY, N.Y. – RPI men’s head hockey coach Seth Appert put the team in the captains’ hands during Tuesday practice.
Appert suspended all four of his captains for last weekend’s series and then reinstated them Monday. On Tuesday, he put the team in their hands.
Appert said sometimes teams are best on their own. He said he had no clue what his players would do, but they practiced. The captains were in charge and afterward, they said it was a confidence boost as they returned from suspension.
“It’s great to be back,” Luke Curadi said. “You know, we’re very thankful to be back coming to RPI and playing here. It’s not something that we should be taking for granted.”
“It’s frustrating to watch from the stands,” Curtis Leonard said. “You always want to be out there with your teammates, but we took our licks and we’re back at it now.”
With the captains back and players returning from injury, the Engineers could be close to full strength for the first time in months when they travel to league leading Quinnipiac Friday.