Former Merrimack forward Jordan Black passed away Thursday morning after a car accident in suburban Detroit, according to The Mack Report.
Black was 30 and played for the Warriors from 2003-06 before going to Wayne State for the 2006-07 season, but did not see any action at WSU.
In three seasons at Merrimack, Black, a native of Canton, Mich., played in 79 games and recorded 12 goals and 14 assists for 26 points.
According to Black’s obituary, “His life WAS friends. Where there was a party Jordan was present. He held his friends in the utmost regard. His friends were everything to Jordan. His life WAS hockey. He played juniors and college and no matter where he went, family was there to cheer him. He made hockey his career by training young up and coming skaters from Alaska to Zimbabwe. If there was a rink, Jordan was there.”
Funeral services will be at St. Cyprian Catholic Church on Pennsylvania Road in Riverview, Mich., at 10 a.m. today and a memorial contribution fund is being arranged by the family.
GREAT JOB, GREG
Let the folks in the Garden State know, Greg Herenda means business.
The Merrimack College product and recent UMass Lowell coach is shaking things up in his home state of New Jersey, already in just his first year at Fairleigh-Dickinson University.
The Knights, after an early head-scratching loss to Division 2 Metro State, have gone on the road and knocked off the two hoop bosses in Jersey, first Rutgers and most recently yesterday, Seton Hall.
Talk about some incredible recruiting fodder, despite the 3-6 start, Herenda and FDU have piled up legimitate ammunition in those two victories. And it hasn’t taken a long time.
Of course, Herenda is no stranger to turning programs into winners. At Lowell his first season, he inherited a club that was picked last (14th) in the preseason for the Northeast-10. The team went out and won 22 games.