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Andy Heinze of the legendary North Andover Heinzes had plenty of hockey highlights. Here he thrusts a championship plaque in the air while at North Andover High. Nineteen years ago last week he had a hat trick in a mere five minutes to carry Merrimack to a Hockey East tourney win over BC.

Former Merrimack College forward and assistant coach, Andy Heinze, retired as head coach and general manager of the Valley Jr. Warriors, an EHL team based in Haverhill, Mass.

The Jr. Warriors announced on Friday that Wentworth assistant Ryan McGrath will take over Heinze’s role with the organization.

“Andy is one of the best guys that I’ve had the pleasure of working with for a number of years,” said Mark Kumpel, the EHL’s Director of Hockey Operations. “Andy was always dedicated to his players and did everything he could to put them in positions to succeed. Looking at just the history of the EHL, and Andy has helped over 50 players advance to collegiate hockey programs. Of course, the numbers stretch further back than the first year of the EHL, and I would like to personally congratulate Andy on a phenomenal coaching career.”