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Brian McCloskey Speaks

Former Dartmouth College hockey standout and assistant coach Brian McCloskey’s turbulant winter is examined in a Boston Globe story published and put online Wednesday.

The diminutive and fiery bench boss was dismissed from his job as New Hampshire’s women’s coach in December after what a university press release described as “inappropriate physical contact with a player on the bench.”

Of course, this led to questions about whether that contact was sexual, which both McCloskey and the school had since stated was not the case.

There’s a tiny, Upper Valley link to this story. Former Hanover High softball standout Elise Austin-Washburn is a UNH freshman and a student manager with the women’s hockey team.

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Another Boston Globe story that ran last weekend noted the relatively high number of NHL players from Dartmouth. That’s nothing new to fans in the region, but I’m sure the Big Green is excited to get some publicity in the big city.