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Spotlight Sports Survey results

5. Which local college hockey team will get to the NCAA Tournament sooner?

* A. RPI Engineers (50 percent)

B. Union Dutchmen (38.5 percent)

C. Skidmore Thoroughbreds (0 percent)

D. None of the above (3 percent)

In a fairly close race, the Engineers get the nod over their ECAC rivals from Schenectady. But the shocker is that nobody picked Skidmore to get to the NCAA Division III Tournament before RPI or Union could get to the DI Tournament. What, you have no faith in the Thoroughbreds?

6. Can RPI and Union reach elite status in the NCAA hockey world?

* A. Yes their coaches are young and talented enough to do it (46.2 percent)

B. No their coaches can't compete for the talent needed to do it (34.6 percent)

C. Not sure (19.2 percent)

Apparently, you believe that Seth Appert (RPI) and Nate Leaman (Union) can overcome the fact that their teams play in a league (ECAC) that is consistently overshadowed by Hockey East in terms of prestige and competitiveness. For their sake, I hope you're right.

7. How many years will the Albany Devils be here (lease length is five years)?

A. More than 5 years (30.8 percent)

* B. 3-5 years (57.7 percent)

C. 1-3 years (11.5 percent)

You have faith that the Devils will at least stick around for three years. That should be encouraging news for the Lamoriello family " Lou, who runs the New Jersey Devils organization, and Chris, who will be Albany's general manager.

8. How competitive will the Albany Devils be?

A. Calder Cup contender (12 percent)

* B. Playoff team, but will be ousted in the first or second round (48 percent)

C. Non-playoff team (40 percent)

Now the bad news for the Devils: Not many area hockey fans think they will be hoisting the Calder Cup after this season. In fact, the number of people who think they will even make the playoffs is only slightly higher than the number of people who think they won't make the playoffs.

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