Merrimack Adds Five During Early NLI Signing Period

The Merrimack College men’s ice hockey team and head coach Mark Dennehy have announced the program’s five-member early signing recruiting class. All five have signed National Letters (NLI) of Intent during the early signing period (Nov. 9-16) and are set to join the program in future seasons.

Among the group of five signees are two defensemen and three forwards representing five different states/Canadian provinces. Four of the five future Warriors are currently skating with teams in the United States Hockey League (USHL) – including one that recently was invited to USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program (USNTDP) – and another that currently plays for one of the top teams in the East Coast Elite League (ECEL).

“My staff and I are extremely excited to finally and officially welcome these five young men into the Merrimack Hockey family,” Dennehy stated. “These five student-athletes will each have an instant impact on our quest to put banners up in Lawler Rink.”

: Defenseman
Shot: Left
Height/Weight: 6-0, 195
Hometown: Livonia, Mich.
Birthdate: June 25, 1997
Current Team (League): Fargo Force (USHL)

Has appeared in nearly 20 games for the Fargo Force in his second season with the USHL program … Is the team’s second-highest scoring defenseman with six points (2g, 4a) in 17 games … Has been one of the team’s top defenseman in 2016-17, helping the penalty kill  rank at the top of the USHL entering November … During the 2015-16 season with Fargo, played in nearly 60 games, finishing with 10 goals (1g, 9a) over that span … Previously played for the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees in 2014-15 in the National American Hockey League (NAHL), totaling 18 points (4g, 14a) in 59 games … Eligible for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Dennehy on Bell: “Every team at every level is looking for mobile, puck-moving defenseman. Evan can really skate, which is going to enable him to defend at this level, and it also gives him the ability to join the rush.”

: Defenseman
Shot: Left
Height/Weight: 5-9/175
Hometown: Manotick, Ontario
Birthdate: Feb. 7, 1999
Current Team (League): The Hill Academy (ECEL U18)

Entering his second year at The Hill Academy … Has recorded two points in seven games (1g, 1a) for the 2106-17 U18 Team … Tied for the team lead for points among defensemen … Saw action in 10 games for Hill Academy’s U16 Team last winter while also playing for the school’s midget team … Previously played for the high-end Don Mills Flyers Minor Midget AAA team in the GTMMHL in 2014-15, recording 23 points (7g, 16a) in 56 games … Also was part of the Upper Canada Cyclones Bantam program … Eligible for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Dennehy on Dennison: “Liam brings more than just passion for the game, although he has that in spades. He is an incredibly mobile puck-mover, who always seems to make the right play. He is strong on his skates, and plays the game the right way.”

: Forward
Shot: Right
Height/Weight: 6-2, 195
Hometown: Bedford, N.H.
Birthdate: Feb. 16, 1999
Current Team (League): Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL)

Was set to skate with the Waterloo Black Hawks in 2016-17 before season was cut short due to injury … Dished one assist in five games prior to the injury … Also was a +1 rating on the season up to that point … Previously played for The Gunnery Prep in 2015-16, enjoying a strong season that featured 17 points in 34 games (7g, 10) while helping the team claim a prep school championship … Was selected in the USHL Draft and helped his Yale Midget 16U team reach the USA Hockey Nationals … Also was a member of the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs U16 and U18 programs in the USPHL during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons … Eligible for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Dennehy on DeStefani: “Ethan is a young power forward with a good stick and touch around the net. He is only going to get bigger and stronger as he matures.”

: Forward
Shot: Left
Height/Weight: 5-10, 165
Hometown: Middleborough, Mass.
Birthdate: April 14, 1998
Current Team (League): Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL)

Enjoying a solid start to his second season with the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the USHL … Has recorded eight points (4g, 4a) in 18 games at the start of the season following his debut season with the Lumberjacks in 2015-16 that included 15 points (3g, 12a) in 55 games … Was previously part of the Boston Jr. Bandits program of the EJEPL and the EHL for three seasons … Posted 18 goals and 38 total points in just 20 games in his final season with the Bandits … Also skated on  USA Hockey’s Select 15, 17 and 17 Teams in three summers, finishing with 12 points (5g, 7a) in 15 tournament games … Will join his brother, Tyler, who is a current freshman on the team … His father, Scott, played hockey at UMass Lowell … Eligible for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Dennehy on Drevitch: “Logan comes from a great hockey family. He is really gifted from the tops of the circles down in the offensive zone and plays hard. He has worked a ton in the USHL and made great progress on his 200-foot game.”

: Forward
Shot: Right
Height/Weight: 5-10, 165
Hometown: Annville, Pa.
Birthdate: April 3, 1999
Current Team (League): USNTDP (USHL)

Named to October’s Central Scouting’s “Players to Watch” list, which is a compilation of the organization’s top prospects from all major development leagues throughout North America and Europe … Recently joined the USA Hockey’s National Talent Development Program and has appeared in four games since early November, recording a goal and four shots on goal in that span … Was previously part of the North Jersey Avalanche program and had posted four points (2g, 2a) in four games with the 18U team after tallying eight points (5g, 3a) in nine games with the U18 team … In 2015-16 with the Avalanche’s U16 Team, totaled 86 points in 57 games, including 39 goals and 47 assists … Was selected in the third round (No. 44 overall) by the Chicago Steel in the USHL Phase II Draft in May of 2016 … Also skated with the Connecticut Wolf Pack and Philadelphia Jr. Flyers Bantam programs … Eligible for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Dennehy on Seyfert: “Jordan has taken off like a rocket ship since joining the Northern Jersey Avalanche organization. He recently finished a stint with the USNTDP. He plays fast, hard and with an energy that is hard to match.”

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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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