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Marblehead appoints Chris Wells as new boys hockey coach

MARBLEHEAD — The Marblehead Athletic Department announced Tuesday that Chris Wells has been hired as the new head coach of the school’s varsity boys hockey team. A familiar face at Marblehead High, Wells will coach the Magicians after having spent the last two seasons as head coach of the girls hockey team.

Wells coached the Magicians to a 10-6-1 regular season finish during the 2017-2018 winter season. Marblehead clinched a berth in the Division 1 state tournament, as the No. 24 seed, but the postseason run ended with a 2-0 loss to No. 9 Masconomet in the opening round of play.

Wells steps in for former Marblehead boys coach Bob Jackson, who had directed the program for the past 12 years. Jackson stepped down from the role in April. Jackson coached Marblehead to state championship (a 6-3 win over Westfield at TD Garden) in 2011.

Wells played four years of varsity hockey at SUNY Fredonia and was named a State University of New York All-Star selection in 2005. He was also awarded consecutive (2004, 2005) Michael K. McDonald Awards for demonstrating perseverance, leadership, and commitment to the program in the community. Wells has also coached Cape Ann Youth Hockey for three seasons.

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