W. Warwick hockey player Matt Dennison injured in car crash dies

Matthew Dennison, who was one of two West Warwick High School hockey players seriously injured in a car accident in Exeter last monthis dead.

News of Dennison’s passing traveled to Schneider Arena in Game 1 of the RIIL Boys’ Hockey State Championship Series on Thursday night. After beating East Greenwich in a shootout, Hendricken coach Mike Soscia informed his team of Dennison’s death. Soscia coached Dennison in his youth with many of his current Hendricken players playing alongside Dennison as they rose through the hockey ranks.

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The Rhode Island Interscholastic League will honor Dennison with a moment of silence before Game 2 of the state final Friday night.

Dennison was a passenger in a car driven by Kevin MacDonald, his West Warwick/Exeter-West Greenwich Co-op men’s hockey teammate. The boys were driving through Exeter to attend a high school hockey game in West Warwick on February 12 when their car was hit by 30-year-old Andrew Krajewski. Krajewski, of North Kingstown, is a firefighter from Newport. He was arrested and charged with impaired driving and dangerous driving.

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Matt Dennison's father, Mark, and sister, Katie, leave the ice after a February 18 ceremony honoring the seniors ahead of the match between West Warwick-Exeter West Greenwich and Coventry.

On February 18, the Knight-Wizards played their annual Senior Night game and honored the two teenagers before facing Coventry. MacDonald was propelled onto the ice for a standing ovation, wearing Dennison’s WWEWG jersey. Dennison’s father Mark showed up with his daughter Katie with Mark wearing one of Dennison’s youth jerseys and Katie wearing her WWEWG home uniform.

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“It means everything in the world. My son loves hockey, he loves this city and above all he loves his teammates,” Mark Dennison told the Providence Journal that night. “He loved nothing more than leading them, playing, going out, taking them with them.”

Catherine J. Martinez