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What a shame. He did a great job with the tools he had. Rink/facilities and school are not good enough to draw Blue Chip players that are looking at BC, BU, UNH, Northeastern, etc....The top players are getting offers from all of those schools....why would you pick Merrimack if you had a choice? Good luck to MD, he will land on his feet and in a better situation. Give the guy a good quality school/degree and great hockey facilities and watch him take off. Good Luck!
All I'm saying is you're not getting the top talent to go there. Not a chance. I'll give you the Union example, they caught lightning in a bottle for sure... but St. Cloud? Come on man, that's a historic hockey destination in MINNESOTA, you can not compare them to Merrimack.
Providence used to be a comp. Not anymore and not just because of Leaman. Have you been on that campus lately? It's at a whole new level in all aspects of a University that will attract kids from anywhere. Also PC basketball evelvates the school much more than hockey which Merrimack has no answer for.
Merrimack is the toughest D1 school in the Northeast to recruit to without comparison. Not only are the facilities terrible, but there is no campus. Even places like Union, UMASS Amherst, Maine and UNH have great campuses with traditional college party scenes. Merrimack has Fudrcukers and Bertuccis.
It's a great school for rich dumb kids though.