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 hockeyfortune in Providence, R.I., as a member of some of the finesthockey teams ever turned out by the University. The 5-10, 210-poundMacks was a rock 'em, sock 'em defenseman on the Cub team but wasmoved to center his sophomore year by Coach Jim Fullerton. That was1964-65, the year Coach Fullerton turned out one of the school'sgreatest sextets, the 21-9 team that won the Ivy title, defeatedBoston University in the ECAC playoffs, and then hosted the NCAA'sat Meehan Auditorium. "Diesel" Macks was the fourth-leading scoreron that club with 36 points, combining a blue-dart shot with highlyaggressive net play. He climaxed the year by being named to theAll-NCAA Tournament second team. As a junior, Macks led the Bruinsin scoring from his center position with 24 goals and 26 assistsfor 50 points. Post-Season honors included All-New England andsecond team All-Ivy and All-ECAC. By 1996, the heavy-set Macks haddeveloped into one of the most feared checkers in the East. IfCoach Fullerton wanted to stop a particular star on another team,Denny Macks usually drew the defensive assignment. Macks captainedthe Bruins in 1966-67, scored 45 points, and was named All-Ivy andAll-ECAC. His 131 career points made him at that time the thirdhighest scorer in Brown history, behind Don Sennott '52 (159) andBobby Wheeler '52 (149). "Diesel was one of the most solid playerso that golden era," Coach Fullerton says. "He had a terrific shot,great balance on the ice, and when he got in position in front ofthat cage it would have taken all the King's horses to move him outof there. On top of everything else, he almost never made amistake. He was a soft-spoken leader who carried a big hockeystick." Macks played part of two seasons with the Rhode Island Redsand then two more years with the Hockey Club Val Gardena in Italy.He's now president of Wilderness Valley Enterprises, Ltd., inMackenzie, British Columbia.