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January 13, 2014

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EX-WARRIOR GETS CALL

Former Merrimack College defenseman Karl Stollery has earned his first National Hockey League call-up after the Colorado Avalanche announced the promotion from their AHL affiliate Lake Erie on Friday night. Stollery, who has been with the Avalanche organization since graduating in 2012, has appeared in 110 games with the Monsters since then. The Camrose, Alberta, native had been enjoying a strong 2013-14 campaign during which he has tallied five goals and six assists (11 points) while boasting a +5 plus/minus rating over a 29-game stretch. He becomes the first Merrimack player to earn an NHL call-up since former All-American goaltender Joe Cannata (‘12) did so with the Vancouver Canucks at the end of last season.

“I couldn’t be happier for Karl,” head coach Mark Dennehy noted. “When we committed him, it literally transformed our program. He was one of the guys that I could look to and say, ‘He was the Mason-Dixon Line on Merrimack Hockey taking off.’ His work ethic, no one’s worked harder, and I could not be happier for him. Hopefully he can stay up. If anybody deserves it, he does.”

NEED YOUR HELP

To me, it’s an absolute dilemma.

Obviously, the schools we cover in the region are so diverse. Mass. or New Hampshire, big and small.

So, when it comes to our Eagle-Tribune Fab 5 polls, we do our best to gauge talent and how it might battle other talent. Our dilemma, especially the one I see over, is boys hoop.

If we are to make the Fab 5 a legitimate, trustworthy entity, wouldn’t we have to have Brooks School and Philips Academy 1-2 most all the time, especially with the way the programs have been playing.

They compete on a whole different plane, with no restrictions from state associations.

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