July 26, 2006

Sr. | F | Pickering, Ontario

Alexiou was a member of two all-tournament teams during his 11-goal sophomore season (Maverick Stampede, Dunkin' Donuts Coffee Pot).


Key Statistics: Alexiou led Merrimack with 11 goals in 2004-05 and was second on the team with 16 points over the course of 32 games. But he saw a significant goal-scoring dropoff last season, only finding the back of the net twice. He still contributed with 11 helpers, which placed him third on the Warrior squad.

What He Does: At 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds, he can provide a valuable presence in front of the net, and he isn’t afraid to get dirty anywhere on the ice. Alexiou has a quick shot with a nice release point and things like that tend to add up to solid goal production, save for last season’s statistical tailspin.

The Bigger Picture: Merrimack coach Mark Dennehy doesn’t want his players to try to reinvent the wheel; he just wants them to keep things simple, and that holds true for Alexiou. He’ll keep putting his senior forward in positions that allow him to contribute offensively, and after Dennehy mentioned Alexiou’s name in the same breath as former BC star and last year’s Hobey Baker finalist Chris Collins, it’s clear that he holds his abilities in high regard. While it would be a tad bit optimistic to say Alexiou can jump from 13 points to about 60 this year, it would be reasonable to forecast something a little closer to the production of his sophomore year.

Merrimack coach Mark Dennehy on Alexiou: "He’s a goal-scorer for sure. He has a real knack for the puck around the net. I want him to keep getting in the batter’s box and swinging at some pitches. He may have just not gotten as many opportunities [to score last year] and may have been a bit snake-bitten. I’m not comparing him to Chris Collins, but their junior years were really similar.”

— Jeff Howe