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Dennehy Coaching at USA Hockey Select 15 Camp This Week

When I think about Coach D I immediately think about how he cared about all his players. He truly wanted what was best for us. He demanded us to put school first and at the time he was telling us these things I did not fully agree with him, but today as I look back I see that Coach always had our best interest. He was the ONLY coach that I ever had that was honest and fair to his players. His only requirement was to work as hard as you possibly can. If we worked as hard as we could, we would get a chance to play. Then the opportunity was up to us. If you play well you keep playing, if you don't then you sit. Surprisingly, this is a very difficult thing to find in college sports and even harder to find in pro sports. One quick story of an example of this is prior to my first college game, I was unsure if I was going to play, so I went to coach and asked him what he thought may happen. At this point I was a 19 year old kid who just moved across the country to play and I missed home but just truly wanted to play. Coach told me that they are trying to figure out lines still and defense partners still, but after we had a brief talk he told me that I would play the first game of the season and the rest would be up to me. After that talk I knew I had to give everything I had to play and to coach's credit, he kept his word and I never sat as a healthy scratch. I gave him all I had and he always appreciated hard work. He was a good coach and I'm proud to say even a better friend.
Photo: Ryan Hutton/The Eagle Tribune

Merrimack head coach Mark Dennehy is part of a group from USA Hockey that is coaching 15-year-old players at this week’s USA Hockey Select 15 Camp in Amherst, N.Y.

The camp opened Sunday with scrimmages.

USA Hockey runs several development camps throughout the summer. Merrimack recruits Ethan Destefani and Jordan Seyfert both recently took part in the Select 17 Camp.

USA Hockey instituted these camps in 1977. According to the USA Hockey website, players learn from top coaches and U.S. National Team mentors.

“Camps consist of age-apropriate practices, games and off-ice training,” according to, “all geared toward strengthening young American hockey players.”

Mike McMahon is in his 12th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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