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Former Merrimack Assistant Phil Roy Leaves Clarkson After Immigration Issue

Phil Roy, who was an assistant coach at Merrimack College under Mark Dennehy from 2008-11, resigned as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Clarkson, on Friday in order to “pursue other career opportunities,” according to a university press release, but sources tell CHN that Roy was forced to leave his post due to his work visa being denied by the U.S. government as it clamps down on immigration.

Roy, who is from St. Leonard, Quebec, played four years at Clarkson (1996-00) and then embarked on a five-year professional career, three of which were for teams in the United States. Roy has been employed in the U.S. as a hockey coach since 2005, when he was hired as an assistant coach at Hobart College (D-III). He was later the head coach at Neumann College for one season before Dennehy hired him in 2008. Roy left Merrimack in 2011 in order to return to Clarkson, where he has spent the last seven seasons.

“I want to thank Phil for all his hard work and commitment to Clarkson, and wish him nothing but the best,” Clarkson head coach Casey Jones said in a press release. “Phil bleeds green and gold, and that parlayed into his recruiting which has played a significant role in the development of our program during his time here. Phil is leaving our program in a great place.”

Roy is married — his wife is also from Quebec — with three children; they were living in the Potsdam area. The family now has to leave the country move back to Canada.

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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