Despite a lot of outside pressure, Gunnery right wing Alex Jefferies stayed true to his word and signed a National Letter of Intent to play college hockey at Merrimack.
The Lunenburg, Mass., native received interest from other Hockey East schools over the past few months, including perennial powerhouse Boston College. The Eagles offered Jefferies a full scholarship to switch his commitment, according to multiple sources. BC head coach Jerry York met with the Jefferies family at least once, inside the New England Sports Village in Attleboro, Mass.
Jefferies originally committed to former Merrimack head coach Mark Dennehy and associate head coach Curtis Carr over two years ago. Scott Borek, now in his second season behind the Warriors’ bench, and his assistants had to convince Jefferies to stay committed. They did just that and should be commended for fending off the big boys of Hockey East.
Jefferies, rated a ‘C’ prospect by NHL Central Scouting, is getting plenty of attention from NHL scouts, many of whom were surprised that a player of his caliber wouldn’t switch his commitment.