Alex Marceau won’t forget his senior season on the Concord High hockey team. He hasn’t forgotten how it started either.
“First practice, I was buried on the last line,” he said. “I still remember that. Fifth line.”
He was a freshman and, like most in their first year of high school hockey, a last resort to send over the boards in a varsity game.
“From that point, I knew I couldn’t go down anymore so I went all-out in practice and worked my way up,” Marceau said.
A regular on the second line by the end of the season, Marceau was called up as a first-line injury replacement for Bradley Murphy, one of head Coach Dunc Walsh’s most lethal scoring threats at the time.
Marceau’s play was strong enough that Walsh put him on the first line next season with Murphy and Matt Morris. They played together for two seasons before Murphy and Morris graduated last spring.
This year the offensive leadership shifted to Marceau, who was named co-captain with defensemen Dan LeBell and Matt Chorlian.
Murphy was good for 35 points in 2015-16 and helped lift Marceau to a First-Team All-State selection with 21 goals as a junior. But this year with new linemates, Marceau couldn’t have guessed how the season would go.
Fast forward from December to March and Marceau was leading the Tide to their 21st state title game. Marceau, with 24 goals and 24 assists in 22 games, was again named to the All-State First Team, as was Chorlian for a second time.
In his time donning a Crimson Tide sweater, Marceau collected 107 points with 55 goals and 52 assists.
“He’s the kind of player that makes the guys he’s playing with better,” Chorlian said. “I think it’s really a testament to his skill how many points he gets.”
At six-feet and 195 pounds, Marceau was a lumbering threat near the crease. Defenders were challenged to push him out of their goalie’s sight lines. Marceau may not have been the quickest on the ice, but his trained foresight led him to spots where scoring opportunities would arise.
“He’s one of the guys we would lean on,” Walsh said. “He definitely had good hockey sense.”
The Tide competed for state championships twice in Marceau’s career, the first in 2015. And though this past season didn’t end the way Marceau and his teammates had hoped, a 7-0 loss to defending champion Bedford, two appearances in the state final is more than most players can say about their high school careers.
“When you look back on it, it was a hell of a season,” Marceau said after the championship game. “We gave it a hell of a ride.”