(Author's note: Apologies for not getting around to this when it broke over the weekend. While his brother Tyler announced it Thanksgiving night, I wanted to wait until Louie said something himself and haven't been around since.)
2012 Minnesota Wild 7th round pick Louie Nanne will continue his hockey career at RPI.
Excited to become my own 'Louie'. I've spent 18 years being 'Lou Nanne's grandson' and now I am becoming my own person! #RPI #Blessed
— lou nanne (@lounanne11) November 29, 2013
Nanne, who underwent a pair of shoulder surgeries in the offseason, had previously committed to Minnesota.
Interestingly enough Nanne could open his college career against the Gophers. ECAC member RPI and Big Ten member Minnesota are both scheduled to play in the 2014 Ice Breaker Tournament hosted by Notre Dame.
It has been a long road for the Edina, MN native since being drafted in 2012 both literally and figuratively. Between heading to play with the Penticton Vees (BCHL), where Nanne scored 41 points in 45 games, and being one of a few players to spend two years of juniors after being drafted, the forward is spending this season with the Sioux City Musketeers (USHL).
Still, injuries cut short his year with Penticton and Nanne just made his debut this year over the weekend.
Nanne de-committed from the Gophers back in September, saying at the time that "I want to prove to others, along with myself, that I am capable and worthy of playing D1 hockey." Now he has his chance next season with the Engineers.
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