A native of Katonah, NY, St. Denis began the season with the Springfield Pics Premier team after graduating from the Hotchkiss School last May. After ten games, he was acquired by the Syracuse Stars and helped put the team in contention for a home-ice spot in the Premier Division Dineen Cup Playoff chase.
With RPI in need of another goaltender at the semester break, the coaching staff found one ready to go at one hundred fifty miles west of their home rink. St. Denis enrolled in RPI at the end of the first semester and was officially added to the roster on Tuesday.
“We are excited to have Kyle join our hockey program,” said Engineers coach Seth Appert in a statement. “His work ethic, competitiveness and character make him a good fit for our program’s values.”
When his prep school career ended, St. Denis was undoubtedly faced with a multitude of options for places to advance his hockey career and fulfill his dream of playing college hockey. As he gets accustomed to his new school and teammates, it is not surprising that he believes he made the correct choice.
“The USPHL gave me a tremendous opportunity to continue developing as an athlete and provided me with the exposure necessary to play college hockey. I enjoyed my time in Syracuse getting to be a part of a great hockey program and group of guys,” he said. “The Syracuse Stars gave me the opportunity to continue playing hockey an ultimately helped me reach my goal of playing in college.”
The mid-season addition of St. Denis to an NCAA Division I roster marks the second time in as many seasons that a goaltender has been called from the USPHL to join a college team. Last season, the Junior Bruins saw Ian Milosz join the Boston College Eagles at the beginning of the second semester. Bruins teammate Michael Kim, a defenseman slated to matriculate at BC in the fall of 2016, also saw his entry fast-tracked to January.
Congratulations to the Kyle, his family, and the Syracuse Stars.