The Mack Report

Merrimack Hosts MSHCA Coaches Clinic

Mark Dennehy Gameday

Roughly 50 state high school coaches joined Merrimack head coach Mark Dennehy yesterday for the annual Massachusetts State Hockey Coaches Association coaching clinic, where area coaches were invited to watch Merrimack’s practice at Lawler Arena as well as go over video breakdown of Merrimack’s game with Army this past Saturday and take part in a Q&A session with Dennehy following the practice.

According to Jim Clark of The Boston Herald, at one point during the session Dennehy made a point of recognizing freshman forward Chris LeBlanc, who was a four-year player at Winthrop High School before playing a year of juniors with South Shore (EJHL) last season.

LeBlanc can be held up as a perfect example for high school coaches who face the challenge of top players often leaving programs for prep school and junior teams.

“It’s not where you go, it’s who you are,” Dennehy said, continuing with, “Because he was allowed to play a skilled game, he became a skilled player. If he’d gone somewhere else and been on the third or fourth line, he never would have developed.”

The Warriors have other local high school ties on their roster, including Mike Collins (Catholic Memorial) and Sam Marotta (B.C. High).