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NORTH ANDOVER – Austin Plevy is a name most Merrimack fans are already quite familiar with. Plevy first committed to the Warriors in the fall of 2010, while playing for the Langley Chiefs (BCHL). At the time, the ’94-born forward was just 15 years old; he would turn 16 the following month.
“He kind of went on a tour of this area when he was younger, he visited a couple of schools and we were one of the lucky ones because he wanted to visit here,” Merrimack head coach Mark Dennehy said. “At the time he was playing for the Langley Chiefs, then played for Chilliwack and then finished up in Brooks last year.”
Plevy told the Langley Times when he committed: “Their hockey program is great, the coaches are fantastic guys, and the school is in a fantastic area. I got that feeling. Merrimack just felt right.”
As one of the youngest players in the BCHL that first season (2010-11) Plevy put up 12 points (4 goals, 8 assists) in 53 games. In a more expanded role with Langley the following season, as a 17-year-old, he totaled 43 points (13 goals, 30 assists) in 58 games and then jumped his goal production to 30 in 2012-13, scoring 73 points (30 goals, 43 assists) in 54 games, along with another nine points and six goals in eight playoff games for the Chilliwack Chiefs.
Plevy also took part in the 2012 BCHL Showcase, which U.S. Hockey Report scouted, writing:
“Merrimack recruit has a high skill level and is crafty with the puck. Will need to get stronger in order to make an impact in Hockey East, but his skill level is evident. Handles the puck well and makes plays at full speed. Does not have a lot of help on the Chiefs offensively as he is clearly the top forward. Played last season for Langley and produced a 13-30-43 scoring line in 58 games played.”
Originally, 2012-13 was to be Plevy’s last year of junior hockey. But with his younger brother, Mitchell, joining the Chiefs roster in 2013-14, he stuck around for one more season, scoring 46 points (18 goals, 28 assists) in 39 games before the Chiefs, a team that was struggling at the time, moved him to the Brooks Bandits of the Alberta Junior Hockey League at the CJHL’s trading deadline. With Brooks, Plevy scored another 24 points (7 goals, 17 assists) in 19 games before adding four goals and five assists in their nine playoff contests.
With Chilliwack, Plevy skated on a line with fellow Merrimack freshman Mathieu Tibbet. Once he was traded to Brooks, he was reunited with fellow incoming freshman Braxton Bilous.
“Austin is a producer,” Dennehy said. “He’s someone who has produced at every level he’s played, and he’s also produced consistently. That’s what is most important. He’s been a consistent producer everywhere he has played. He has a really good nose for the net and he has really good vision. He has good quickness and he’s very good at finding ice, so he uses his vision and quickness and can get to open areas. He’s not big in stature, but he’s also not afraid to go in there and win a puck battle either. He’s just a producer.”
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