Louie Nanne commits to RPI

(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.

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.

It will be interesting to see how he responds after playing for the first time in eight months. Coming back from injury setbacks is not easy for a player. Nanne did pick up an assist in a 10-4 win over Team USA, though.

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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  1. He is actually on the Sioux Falls Stampede of the USHL..

  2. Dang - you are right. Mixed up Nanne and Avery Peterson (who actually played for Sioux City this season) with similar city named USHL teams.