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Posted Boxing Club and Northeastern Join Forces
Boxing Club and Northeastern Join Forces
By Joe Kelly

     Northeastern is coming off a sub .500 record is looking to make some noise in Hockey East this coming season. Brendan turned to old friend Eddie Mahoney the director of South Boston’s Boxing Club for help. Eddie and Brendan have known each other for years having played in street hockey tournaments together.

     Brendan and Eddie have broken down the team into two groups, Team A juniors and seniors and Team B freshman and sophomores, that work out twice weekly for roughly 45 minutes. “The players have taken to the workouts whole heartedly,” said Eddie. “I’m working on their footwork which will help their balance on skates and the hand eye coordination in boxing will help with their stick handling”. Eddie also uses the heavy bag and medicine ball for strength and says, “If you can pick up an oncoming punch you should be able to avoid a check”.

     Head Coach Greg Cronin is a Boston native and has compiled an extensive coaching resume over the past 18 years. Brendan Walsh grew up in Dorchester and has strong South Boston ties with many relatives here. A graduate of Catholic Memorial and a member of the 1999 National Champion Maine Black Bears who Maine head coach Shawn Walsh (no relation) called the “heart and soul” of the team. He played professionally last season for the Providence Bruins choosing retirement and pursuing a coaching career. Coach Cronin has also hired South Boston’s Brendan Flynn as a volunteer assistant coach. Brendan Flynn has played professionally all over the world including stints in Italy, Austria, and Scotland. He was the head coach at Milton High School the past two seasons.

Eddie is thrilled to be working with these NHL bound athletes; many have already been drafted, saying “it is a tremendous experience for me”. Eddie told South Boston Online that the presence of these players has had a huge impact on the youngsters who come to the Boxing Club daily. Eddie said some kids come just to watch the workouts and gain inspiration from the Northeastern players.

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