Dennehy working with Belarus hockey team

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: April 27, 2007
WATERVILLE, Maine --- Matt Dennehy, the Colby College men's assistant ice hockey coach, will be part of the World Ice Hockey Championships in Moscow. The tourney begins tonight and ends with the gold medal game on May 13.

Dennehy is a video coach for the Belarus National Team, a squad which made the quarterfinal round of last year's world championships in Latvia. His responsibilities will include video breakdown of each game in the tournament as it is being played using Gamebreaker software that many of the Colby sports teams use in their video editing.

Belarus, which will play the United States in the tourney, beat Slovaka and Switzerland in last year's championships before finally losing to eventual bronze medal winner Finland. Sweden is the defending champion.

For countries outside of North America, the championships are considered the most important ice hockey tournament in the world. NHL players whose seasons have concluded before the start of the tournament often make up most of the team's rosters, with the remaining spots being made up of players from other professional leagues throughout Europe.

Dennehy recently completed his second year as an assistant with the Colby men's hockey team. He was an assistant coach for Salem State for two years before coming to Colby. He is a 2002 graduate of Saint Anselm College and was a two-time Division II All-American hockey player. Dennehy played varsity hockey at Saint Anselm from 1998-2002 and was captain during the 2001 and 2002 seasons.

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