The Saint Mary’s Huskies aren’t sure yet whether Canadian Interuniversity Sport men’s hockey player of the year Marc Rancourt will be back next season.
The fourth-year captain has a fifth and final season of eligibility remaining after an incredible season that saw him lead the nation in scoring with 57 points in 28 games.
He’s debating whether to return to take his master’s in business.
“It’s got to be his decision,” said Huskies head coach Trevor Stienburg. “It’s a big decision, whether he wants to make that commitment. After the year he had, there may be other (professional hockey) opportunities.”
Last year’s national player of the year, Rob Hennigar of the New Brunswick Varsity Reds, landed an NHL contract with the New York Islanders and split this season between the American Hockey League and East Coast Hockey League.
The Huskies, who won the Atlantic University Sport title but lost in the round robin at nationals, would get a major boost from Rancourt’s return. All-Canadian defenceman Scott Hotham and forwards Colin Power and Jon Howse are the only players who definitely won’t be back next season.
Rancourt, a native of Gloucester, Ont., is currently 34th on the AUS all-time scoring list with 175 points. He has the potential to finish in the top five all-time if he returns.