60 for '16: Dexter School (Mass.) hockey defenseman Luke McInnis

60 for '16: Dexter School (Mass.) hockey defenseman Luke McInnis

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60 for '16: Dexter School (Mass.) hockey defenseman Luke McInnis

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Luke McInnis (Photo:  Kinnon Williamson)

Luke McInnis (Photo: Kinnon Williamson)

USA TODAY High School Sports is launching a series called “60 for ’16” to highlight 60 members of the Class of 2016 who we will be watching in the coming 12 months. The athletes were selected by the USA TODAY HSS staff.

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Name: Luke McInnis

School: Dexter School (Brookline, Mass.)

Sport: Boys hockey

Position: Defenseman

What we’ve seen: McInnis, a first-team defenseman on the American Family Insurance ALL-USA hockey team, tallied 11 goals and 27 assists in his junior season with Dexter in 30 games.

He transferred to Dexter after playing his first two years of high school at Hingham (Mass.) High School, where he logged 36 points in his freshman and sophomore years combined.

The 5-10, 168-pound McInnis also plays for the Cape Cod Whalers and also saw time with the USA U17 team, where he was in the Under-17 Five Nations tournament in Germany last summer. There, he assisted on two goals in four games played.

Around this time last summer, McInnis committed to national powerhouse Boston College, where he is expected to head after one more high school season.

Why we’re watching: McInnis has a family connection to where he’ll be playing his college hockey. His father Marty tallied 142 points in three seasons with the Eagles before playing for Team USA in the 1992 Winter Olympics and then 800 games in the NHL with the New York Islanders, Calgary Flames, Anaheim Ducks and Boston Bruins.

Marty McInnis is also an assistant coach on BC’s staff, although Luke has said his father did not have an impact on his decision to select the Eagles.

He is a terrific skater who makes smart plays and is excellent on the power play. While he might not be the biggest defensemen, McInnis gets it done enough on the offensive end and should be a formidable threat when he arrives on campus.

But first McInnis is hoping to help Dexter win the New England Prep School Ice Hockey Association Elite 8 after the team lost 3-1 in the championship game to The Salisbury (Conn.) School, who has won the last three titles.

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