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Marc Hetnik Joins UMass Hockey Program

Marc Hetnik will enter his freshman season with the Minutemen in 2013-14.

Marc Hetnik will enter his freshman season with the Minutemen in 2013-14.

May 20, 2013

AMHERST, Mass. - Marc Hetnik, a 6-3, 180-pound defenseman from Brookline, Mass., has joined the UMass hockey program as a member of the Class of 2017, head coach John Micheletto announced on Monday. Hetnik spent the last two seasons for the Vernon Vipers of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) after finishing his career at Catholic Memorial in West Roxbury in 2011.

"Marc is a big, rangy and mobile defenseman who has the ability to play both ends of the ice," said Micheletto. "He's also shown significant leadership skills in his time in Vernon and we expect all of those things to translate for Marc immediately at the collegiate level. He is a great two-way defenseman who will bring an element of toughness and mobility to our back end."

Hetnik appeared in 112 career contests with the Vipers and totaled 28 points on six goals and 22 assists over his two years in Vernon under head coach Jason Williamson. In 2012, he attended the New England Pro-Am Hockey annual Pre-Draft Showcase and was named the All-Tournament Best Defenseman after helping East Coast Militia to a 5-0 record before falling in the championship game with a goal and three assists over six games at the showcase. During his senior season at Catholic Memorial, Hetnik was selected to the Boston Herald Dream Team in 2011.

Hetnik's father, Marc Hetnik, Sr., played four years of college hockey at Boston University and won a national championship with the Terriers in 1977-78.



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