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Preseason Polls Showcase Hockey East’s Depth

Reigning Hockey East Rookie of the Year Kieran Millan looks to help BU win another title.

The Preseason College Sports Division I Men’s Hockey poll was released and Denver edged out reigning NCAA Champion Boston University for the top spot of the 20 ranked teams. Denver got 20 first place votes and 873 points while BU got 814 total points and 17 firsts. Michigan (two firsts), Miami (five), and Notre Dame (two) round out the top five. Hockey East is well represented in the poll with six of the team teams making the cut, a testament to the depth in the league. BU seems to be the clear favorite, however, there are a handful of teams looking to seriously challenge them. UMass-Lowell checks in at 11, Boston College 12, Vermont 14, New Hampshire 16, and last season’s HEA Cinderella story Northeastern is the final team in at 20. UMass also received votes and Maine got a single point to make it eight teams from the league to be recognized. Merrimack and Providence are the only two institutions left out of the rankings.

BU also Earns Hockey East Coaches Honor

In addition to being the media favorite, the Terriers are also the coaches’ choice to repeat in the conference. In a close vote, BU got 84 points, including six first place votes, besting UMass-Lowell by a mere five points. The River Hawks also received two first place tallies, as did the Eagles, who were third with 76 points. UNH and Vermont tied at 59 points for fourth place and Northeastern’s 57 leaves them with a close sixth. UMass (47), Maine (32), Providence (24), and Merrimack (23) completes the coaches’ list.

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