October 31, 2006

Davenport to Leave Early for NHL’s Wild

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Sophomore goaltender Troy Davenport is expected to announce that he will be leaving Cornell for the NHL in a press conference today, an anonymous source has told The Sun.

Davenport, who has played just two official games between the pipes for the Red, has signed a contract with the Minnesota Wild, the source says.

Minnesota’s front office could not be reached for comment at the time this article went to press.

Davenport follows in the footsteps of David LeNeveu ’05 and David McKee ’07, who both left Cornell before using all of their collegiate eligibility.

“It’s pretty much a foregone conclusion by now that if you’re good enough to be a Cornell goalie you’re good enough to play pro,” said the source, who works within the Cornell hockey program and whose primary duties include polishing pucks and squirting water through facemasks for the players during time outs. “And if Troy is going to live in a bitter cold town in the middle of nowhere where the sun sets at 4:30 p.m., he figures he might as well be close to home and make some money while he does it.”

Davenport, a native of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., will be leaving Cornell before the Red plays its first weekend of ECACHL action on the road against Brown and Yale this weekend.

The forum’s at eLynah were already buzzing with speculation over who will fill Davenports place in the net. Some speculated, that head coach Mike Schafer may choose to leave the goal open, favoring the extra-man

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