Dennehy Statement on Plevy, NLI

Merrimack head coach Mark Dennehy released a statement to The Mack Report on Thursday regarding the situation surrounding Austin Plevy.

Plevy, who was slated to be a freshman on Merrimack’s roster this upcoming season, left the team last week and returned to play for the Brooks Bandits of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.

“Austin made the decision to leave campus last week,” Dennehy said. “We will continue to follow the standards set by the NCAA in regards to the National Letter of Intent as well as the NCAA’s transfer policy.”

Essentially, Dennehy is confirming that Merrimack will not release Plevy from his NLI, and as we wrote in a column earlier this week, they shouldn’t. It’s too much of a slippery slope if they did.

The Mack Report reached out to Plevy through the Bandits organization on Wednesday afternoon, but so far, have not received a response.

Mike McMahon covers Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report as well as on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN


  1. Hey maybe he saw that NBC Sports is covering zero Merrimack games as part of the Hockey East package. What I was afraid of is happening – they are pushing the conference as “Notre Dame and everybody else”. ND is in 20 of their 25 national games.

  2. It’s not much of a statement, really, but I suppose it’s still a fluid situation and he doesn’t want to comment much at all. Mike, do you think there’s any chance this plays out like Michael Szmatula’s situation at Northeastern, where Plevy might end up back at MC once he sees that they won’t let him out of his “contract”? Or does he seem determined to sit out and lose a year of eligibility rather than play for the Warriors?

  3. I’d like to think “the quiet” is necessary as a favorable option is open for all concerned. The decision lies with Mr. Plevy.

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