Mack’s Mailbag: March 1, 2012

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Saw your tweet that you don’t now why high school players leave for juniors? Look at college rosters. ALL junior players.
First, that’s not entirely what I said. I wrote that after going to a Super 8 game, and being part of that atmosphere, if you go to a school that is a perennial Super 8 contender, why would you leave that to play in the EJ? No offense to the EJ, but you can go there after high school. If you’re good enough, you’re going to get noticed no matter where you are. Look at Merrimack. John Heffernan, Joe Cannata and Mike Collins were ALL recruited while still in high school. Malden Catholic has three Division 1 recruits, committed, on their roster as we speak. Colin Blackwell just went from the Prep to D-1 Harvard. There’s no reason why you can’t play four years of high school hockey and then two years of junior, if you’re good enough, and come into college as a 20-year-old freshman. It happens all the time. Not many players jump into college hockey as an 18-year-old, fresh off juniors. Sure it does happen, but not that often. Saying “all junior players” are on college rosters is naive. Mike Collins? His last team is listed as the Vernon Vipers but he was recruited at Catholic Memorial. John Heffernan? Listed as Bridgewater Bandits, was recruited while at BC High. I’ll say it until I’m blue in the face, if you’re good enough, coaches will find you. Bottom line. Those guys didn’t leave high school early and they’re D-1 players. Why? Because they’re good enough. You can’t tell me that you have to leave your high school as a sophomore or junior to go play in the EJ or else you won’t get noticed. That’s a load of crap. Let me reiterated: IF YOU’RE GOOD ENOUGH, COACHES WILL FIND YOU!
It goes back to an even larger argument, which I have my opinions on (and they’re rather lengthy) on why Massachusetts hockey has declined. Look at the Olympic team. It used to be all guys from Minnesota and Massachusetts. Not anymore. Sure, the game has grown, but why isn’t New England more represented? I’m not going to write a novel, though …

We’re starting a movement to bring the Warriors head logo back. What do you think?
Go for it.

Any word on how (Merrimack senior linebacker) Shawn Loiseau did at the NFL Combine?
He’s ranked, from what I can see, as the No. 11 inside linebacker in the draft. I heard he pulled his hamstring during his 40-dash, but he generated buzz. Everything I read has him projected as a 4th-7th round pick. Special teams coaches seem to be raving about his plays in the kicking game, which could earn him a job. He’d be the first Merrimack player ever drafted if it happens.

Why does Merrimack’s rink seem smaller, yet is listed as the same 200×85 as other rinks?
I think it is 200×85. I think the reason it seems smaller could be that the corners appear to be a little tighter. Also, the glass is lower. But I’d be surprised if it wasn’t actually 200×85 overall width and length. I do think the corners are a little more condensed, which make the zones seem smaller.

1 Comment on "Mack’s Mailbag: March 1, 2012"

  1. mike couldn’t agree more on your thoughts on HS players
    also volpe ice is 200 by 85, corners have 28 degree radius about as much as you’;; find it looks smaller because the arena itself is so small.

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