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VIP Insider #100: Summer News and Notes

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Exclusively for our VIP supporters, TMR editor Mike McMahon brings you these “insider” posts, where he’ll discuss the news and give some insight and perspective on the stories we’re covering here at The Mack Report as well other insider info from stories around the country …

— We learned right before the NHL Draft that Michael Kesselring would be de-committing from Merrimack. That didn’t come as a shock to people, despite his family connections to the program. There were several people around college hockey who knew that the Kesselring camp was looking to get out of the commitment back when the coaching change was made, and I’m told several “bigger” programs were calling Kesselring. Merrimack had made a pitch to keep Kesselring on board, offering him a spot on the roster next season, but he, along with his family and advisor, opted to re-open his commitment.

— Look for Dallas Ferguson to be named an assistant coach at Denver under David Carle. According to sources, Ferguson resigned with the Calgary Hitmen (WHL) citing “personal reasons” but he will, in fact, take a job with Denver in the coming days. Ferguson resigned as the head coach of Alaska last summer. His hiring will give 28-year-old head coach David Carle an experienced person alongside him on the bench.

— Paul Pearl is leaving Harvard to take an assistant job with Boston University. Pearl was an assistant coach at Harvard and, for a period, was considered the favorite to land the head-coaching job at Merrimack. Pearl is another former head coach who moves to a staff with a first-year head coach, joining Albie O’Connell. Pearl wants to be a head coach again, I’m told, and he could be eyeing some potential openings in the next year or two. There have been some rumblings that there could be one or two local ECAC jobs open in the next couple of years if there aren’t improvements on the ice.

— The Merrimack/NEC rumors continue to heat up. Last month, a current NEC football coach said that teams in the league were told to begin holding dates for Merrimack as an opponent beginning in 2019. It sounds like the league could officially vote on Merrimack at some point this summer during league meetings. If voted into the league, it’s could mean that Merrimack would begin play as a Division I member as early as 2019-20.

About Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon is in his 13th 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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