Having scored nine goals with 21 assists, Higgs is the leading scorer among RPI's returning forwards. He'll be given the opportunity early on to center the Engineers' top forward line, with highly touted and high scoring recruit Jacob Lalibert on his left wing.
Rensselaer head coach Seth Appert termed Higgs' gritty comeback from his scary ordeal "an inspiration to the team.
Higgs was speaking pretty much about his personal, off ice time.
"I treat every day like it's my last," he continued, "because I've actually had that shock value in my life. Things I may have taken for granted before, no more. I'm just not wasting a day anymore."
Higgs has a knack for getting points at big times.
"I just had a different outlook, I guess, after everything I went through, having that trauma," Higgs said. "Ever since I've happened, as I've said before to many people whom I've talked to, it's given me a different outlook.
When the Engineers downed 6th ranked Yale, 5 2, Higgs set up Josh Rabbani's tie breaking late in the second period and made it 3 1 with his own goal at 1:54 of the third period.
He was rushed to a Huntsville hospital but was released the next day and watched the Engineers complete Under Armour Shoes 2.5
"No it doesn't," he said. "I didn't think about that last year (when playing on Polacek's 'A' line.
"I had a stellar (freshman) year but it was never in the forefront of my mind. I just go out Under Armour Curry 2.5 Boys every day and take one shift at a time, on practice at a time and if (good things) are going to happen, it'll happen and I'll get the breaks. But if I'm not working hard enough with everybody else day in and day out .
welcomes the opportunity but says he doesn't feel any feel it puts added responsibility on him.
"It's those guys who are going to help make me better," he said. "I can only push myself so far and within practice if I want to get better. I'm going to hold myself responsible as well as the guys beside me to get better and that's just going to come with time and with hard work and it's not going to be just myself, it's going to be my wingers and everyone else on the team that's going to help me reach those goals and put up some numbers, so I just have to take it one day at a time, so .
a day, the coaching staff and the team that we have here, it's that mindset that every day we come here to get better and that's been my mindset, even more so now."
Higgs was asked if his preseason preparation was any different this year than for previous campaigns.
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He scored a pair of goals to spark the Engineers' put down of Rochester Institute of Technology's upset bid in a 4 1 decision.
He scored two goals in Game 1 of the ECAC Hockey preliminary round playoff series against Colgate, a 4 2 RPI victory, the only game RPI won, as the fifth seeded Engineers lost the series to the last place Raiders.
a two game sweep of UA Huntsville with a 2 1 victory.
RPI sophomore Brock Higgs has new outlook on life
"And he handled the whole ordeal with courage and dignity," Appert said. "He's an outstanding young man and a fine representative of our program."
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