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Senior skater concludes Cornell season, mulls National Hockey League contract

Nick D'Agostino '13 After his final collegiate ice hockey match, a double overtime duel won by top-seeded Quinnipiac University, Nick D'Agostino '13 was hit by time's incessant march.

"It seems like just yesterday I was just a little freshman and now it's hitting me that my career here at Cornell is done. It was pretty emotional after the game on Sunday. Just like that, we lost and the season was over," he said in an interview.

"We sat in the room for a while after the game, and I didn't want to take that Cornell jersey off for the last time. It really got me thinking though, about how lucky I was to play for a university like Cornell."

"I have so many memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life. What I'm going to miss the most is playing in front of the Lynah Faithful alongside some of my best friends. Nothing beats that feeling and it's something I'm really gonna miss."

A team tri-captain, D'Agostino sparkled on the ice for four years. A defenseman with a penchant for scoring, he was a favorite of the "Lynah Faithful," fans known for their boisterous cheers and chants.  

D'Agostino is negotiating a contract with the National Hockey League's Pittsburgh Penguins for the next two seasons. "It's an exciting time."

"It's obviously something that isn't done overnight, and it's a pretty unpredictable process. It's something that could get finalized as early as next week or as late as into the summer."

If he and the Penguins can't reach an agreement by Aug. 15, D'Agostino becomes a free agent and can field offers from other teams.