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Da Costa leaves Merrimack for Ottawa deal

According to a report on TSN, Merrimack sophomore forward Stephane Da Costa has signed with the Ottawa Senators, leaving two years on the table at Merrimack.

Da Costa inked a two-year free agent deal after posting 90 points (30 goals, 60 assists) in his two years with the Warriors.

The Paris, France native led Merrimack in scoring over the past two years and helped lead Merrimack to school records in wins, points, home wins and road wins.


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  • Sidhartha

    I wouldn’t call his departure “fleeing”. That makes it sound like Merrimack is a place you want to get away from. It’s a great school and they had a great season. He is doing the same thing that Cam Atkinson and Paul Thompson are doing; capitalizing on a great college career.

  • After Further Review

    I agree, “fleeing” isn’t the right word… but Paul Thompson was a senior, so it’s not quite the same situation. Merrimack did have a great season, some very tough breaks on the goals on Saturday night.

  • http://www.facebook.com/narcogen David Josselyn

    I’d like to pile on the USCHO editor who chose the word “fleeing” for the headline, especially since that word appears nowhere in the TSN report, the headline for which reads “Senators land highly-touted college free agent”. I also like how the boilerplate above the comment form says woofing and taunting are not allowed, but the editor makes Merrimack’s program sound like a burning building when a sophomore doesn’t turn down a $900K contract, plus bonuses. I note that Denver’s Donovan, also a sophomore, is only “signing” with New York, and Hayes at BC is also only “inking” a deal with Chicago. He was a junior. York, a junior at RPI, “bolts” from RPI, which I suppose isn’t as bad and does imply an early departure, but all these signings are early and somehow there’s no need to emphasize that when the story is about BC or Denver, only when it’s about RPI or Merrimack.

    I realize there’s pressure to come up with unique wording for each story, which is hard when the stories are all so similar and coming fast and furious, but there’s no call for using words that are hardly value neutral like “flees” in some stories and not in others, especially if there’s nothing in the story– nor anywhere else, for that matter– to justify them. What’s he fleeing from? It makes it sound like Coach Dennehy is pursuing him into the stands with a shoe.

    No class.

  • Gadcee

    I took “flees” as more of a shot at his French nationality than a shot at MC (not that it makes it particularly better), but maybe that’s just me.

  • Hmackenzie

    Reader Flees biased blog at USCHO website

  • BCFTW

    How about “Merrimack can’t afford to lose its best player, but Da Costa is too great.”

  • SiouxIsGreat22153

    Geez, people will just find anything to cry about these days. Flees, leaves, bolts, jumps, whatever. They all mean the same thing. Now go back to work. I think the fries need to be taken out of the grease.

  • guest

    As an MC grad, I just hope for Merrimack’s sake that this doesn’t mean a return to the cellar-dweller status in Hockey East.