Saturday, March 8, 2014
WINSLOW — Brad MacKenzie is seeing hockey from a different perspective after graduating from Lawrence High School in 2012.
MacKenzie, a solid goalie/defenseman for the Bulldogs his junior and senior seasons, enrolled at Northern Maine Community College in Presque Isle and the fall.
The 18-year-old Fairfield resident joined a men’s league team, where he plays with Presque Isle coach Carl Flynn.
“He asked me if I wanted to help out, to volunteer,” MacKenzie said. “So I did. It was a little weird at first going from Lawrence right to Presque Isle, but it was pretty good.”
MacKenzie works with the PI goalies and returned to familiar Sukee Arena for the Eastern B semifinals Saturday.
No. 6 Presque Isle (9-10-1) dropped a 5-1 decision to No. 2 John Bapst.
“It’s been a lot of fun,” said MacKenzie, who is studying diesel hydraulics at NMCC. “There isn’t a lot to do in Presque Isle, so this is good.”
MacKenzie says he gets to at least two practices a week to work with goalies Jillian Flynn and Oliver Gerrish, who are both freshmen.
“I’ve definitely gained an appreciation for what coaches do,” MacKenzie said.
MacKenzie added he hopes to return to PI on a volunteer basis next season.Tweet
Travis Lazarczyk has worked at the Morning Sentinel and Kennebec Journal since 2000. He covers football, basketball and baseball. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/tlazarmaine