VIP Insider Post #103: Notes on Brown, Skinner and More


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— The Greg Brown move is official, which leaves an assistant opening at Boston College. I still don’t believe this will preclude Brown from replacing York at BC when he decides to retire. All indications are that York has a few years left, so this could be a change for Brown to pad his resume and also probably double his pay in a move to the NHL.

Former Merrimack coach Mark Dennehy will also likely be a candidate at BC when York retires.

As for who BC will tab to replace Brown, sources say that BC has already interviewed J.D. Forrest and Brendan Buckley. I think Dennehy would have been the leading candidate (as “associate head coach”) had he not accepted the job with the Penguins organization heading up the Wheeling Nailers. York respects Dennehy a lot, and I think would have jumped at the chance to add him to the staff at BC. That being said, I still think there is a chance that Dennehy lands at BC. It would take some navigating, where he just took the Wheeling job not long ago, but this is a chance for him to get in at BC, while keeping a job closer to his family, and it gets him in the door for when York retires. On top of that, the job at BC wasn’t open when he accepted the Wheeling job. It would be unorthodox, to leave a job without ever coaching a game, but this is a different circumstance.

— Dana Skinner retiring at UMass Lowell could be good timing for Merrimack. Skinner helped lead the UMass Lowell transition to Division I, and now his alma mater is currently going through the same thing. A vote from the NEC could happen this summer (it depends on the league’s meeting schedule). Skinner is retiring, so I don’t think he’ll take a full-time position with Merrimack, but I could envision a scenario where Skinner helps Merrimack in an advisory role. My understanding is that Skinner and Merrimack AD Jeremy Gibson are close. I’ve seen Skinner at a lot of Merrimack basketball home games in the past as well. Having someone on call to use as a sounding board as the college navigates its way to Division I could be a good thing, especially if Skinner is willing and wants to help.

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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