Former Merrimack head coach Mark Dennehy was featured in this month’s edition of The New England Hockey Journal in a Q&A with Billy Jaffe. You can read the entire interview by clicking here. Dennehy said that he has offers to do a lot with USA Hockey in the upcoming months, including doing more with the Five Nations team. It also looks like he’ll be coaching at the Pittsburgh Penguins Development Camp this summer.
“Scott Young and I have talked, and I’m pretty sure that Mike Sullivan, who was a classmate of mine, had something to do it with it as well — and Bill Guerin, who was a teammate of mine,” Dennehy said. “So I have some really exciting things on the front burner, and then we’ll see where it leads from there.”
Some other highlights include:
On his mindset when he learned the news …
“So much flashes through your head. I remember thinking, “Wow, this is happening.” … For me, I was still dealing with the loss of a series to Boston College, our season ending and also, my seniors’ careers ending. That’s really where my head was. You go into protection mode for them. That’s where my head was at the time. That comes before what I’m dealing with.”
The best part of coaching at Merrimack …
“Without a doubt the people, the young men who I will forever be in their debt for believing in my staff and me, whether it’s Karl Stollery, who played on the Canadian Olympic team this past Olympics, Stéphane Da Costa, Joe Cannata, Adam Ross, I could go on and on and on about the guys that came — Brett Seney, Jared Kolquist — they know the type of relationship that we have. That’s really what it’s all about. I know you are a proud Michigan grad, as well you should be. It’s not the buildings that you miss. It’s going to see Coach (Red) Berenson or (Billy) Powers or (Mel) Pearson. Those are the things that you treasure the most — the people. That’s what I’ll come away with.”