R. Dennis Macks
R. Dennis Macks
Hometown: Sudbury, Ontario
Team: Ice Hockey

R. Dennis Macks '67
Hometown: Sudbury, Ontario
Sport: Ice Hockey
Year Inducted: 1980

Dennis Macks '67 left Sudbury, Ontario, to find fame and hockey fortune in Providence, R.I., as a member of some of the finest hockey teams ever turned out by the University. The 5-10, 210-pound Macks was a rock 'em, sock 'em defenseman on the Cub team but was moved to center his sophomore year by Coach Jim Fullerton. That was 1964-65, the year Coach Fullerton turned out one of the school's greatest sextets, the 21-9 team that won the Ivy title, defeated Boston University in the ECAC playoffs, and then hosted the NCAA's at Meehan Auditorium. "Diesel" Macks was the fourth-leading scorer on that club with 36 points, combining a blue-dart shot with highly aggressive net play. He climaxed the year by being named to the All-NCAA Tournament second team. As a junior, Macks led the Bruins in scoring from his center position with 24 goals and 26 assists for 50 points. Post-Season honors included All-New England and second team All-Ivy and All-ECAC. By 1996, the heavy-set Macks had developed into one of the most feared checkers in the East. If Coach Fullerton wanted to stop a particular star on another team, Denny Macks usually drew the defensive assignment. Macks captained the Bruins in 1966-67, scored 45 points, and was named All-Ivy and All-ECAC. His 131 career points made him at that time the third highest scorer in Brown history, behind Don Sennott '52 (159) and Bobby Wheeler '52 (149). "Diesel was one of the most solid players o that golden era," Coach Fullerton says. "He had a terrific shot, great balance on the ice, and when he got in position in front of that cage it would have taken all the King's horses to move him out of there. On top of everything else, he almost never made a mistake. He was a soft-spoken leader who carried a big hockey stick." Macks played part of two seasons with the Rhode Island Reds and then two more years with the Hockey Club Val Gardena in Italy. He's now president of Wilderness Valley Enterprises, Ltd., in Mackenzie, British Columbia.