College Hockey:
Boston College favored in Hockey East coaches’ poll, media poll

Hockey East announced the 2012-13 men’s preseason coaches’ poll on Tuesday.

Boston College is favored for the fifth consecutive season with 90 points and nine first-place votes.

Massachusetts-Lowell is second and Boston University sits third. New Hampshire is fourth and received the other first-place vote.

School (First-place votes)
Total points
1. Boston College (9)90
2. Massachusetts-Lowell74
3. Boston University73
4. New Hampshire (1)63
5. Maine56
6 (tie). Northeastern44
6 (tie). Providence44
8. Merrimack38
9. Massachusetts35
10. Vermont23

In addition, the Hockey East media also picked BC to win the conference and also named a preseason All-Hockey East Team.

School (First-place votes)
Total points
1. Boston College (21)243
2. Massachusetts-Lowell (3)219
3. Boston University189
4. New Hampshire166
5. Providence141
6. Maine (1)137
7. Merrimack96
8. Northeastern87
9. Massachusetts70
10. Vermont27
Joey DiamondMaineFSr.
Johnny GaudreauBoston CollegeFSo.
Matt NietoBoston UniversityFJr.
Scott WilsonMassachusetts-LowellFSo.
Garrett NoonanBoston UniversityDJr.
Chad RuhwedelMassachusetts-LowellDJr.
Parker MilnerBoston CollegeGSr.

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  • Joseph Crowley

    Go BU!

  • bronxbomberz41

    who is the one mega-homer who gave Maine a first place vote? I won’t say they can’t do it, but based on how last year played out, and the upcoming year…come on.

    edit: just noticed UNH got a first place vote in the coaches poll. ALSO ridiculous. They played well down the stretch last year but are still young in goal and the juniors and seniors have a lot to prove after a disappointing season last year.

    • Ray Hepler

      I’m with you on the media poll! But on the coaches poll, I don’t think you can vote your own team as #1, therefore Jerry had to pick someone else. Apparently he voted for UHN.

    • Afterfurtherreview

      York couldn’t vote for his own team, but not sure why he didn’t vote UML.

      • bronxbomberz41

        UNH could have beat them in the last two games of their series last year. UNH had a lead late in both, and lost one in the final seconds and one in overtime. York did say that they should have lost both games and got lucky the UNH defense lapsed. Maybe he saw something there.

        • Afterfurtherreview

          I totally agree with you, I was at both of them. I also think Jerry couldn’t get himself to vote for BU and he and Umile are pretty good buddies.
          UNH proved, even last year, they can play with anybody, they just never quite got over the hump. 10 losses by 1 goal says a lot about that.

      • DogHouseFan

        because every year they say UML is going to have a great year and they choke as often as UNH in the Tourney. Give it up already.. Good luck if your a UML fan, cause your heading down the River.

        • Afterfurtherreview

          Well, I am far from a UML fan, actually a UNH fan that is why I was replying to others on why UNH received a first place vote, but I guess you missed that. If you read a little further down and the fact that I was at the 2 tough UNH losses to BC, you might have figured that out. UML is going to have a great year every year? Since when? 5 wins 2 years ago to 24 last year with a ton of Freshman and Sophomores? My only point there was that I would have picked UML over UNH in a pre-season poll. And, we all actually posted without bashing other teams, which I guess is not possible for you to see either.
          Enjoy your usual middle to bottom of the pack finish in the Dog House, typical NU fan!

        • msoucy21

          So how did UML — with 24 wins and a second round NCAA appearance — choke last year? With Carr, Wilson, Wetmore, and other young talent returning, I somehow doubt their fans are just “giving up”.

    • http://www.facebook.com/colin.thompson.5439 Colin Thompson

      bronxbomberz41 I strongly believe that UNH is going to be very good this season. UNH will finish in the top 4 in Hockey East and get a Home Playoff Series/ Home Hockey East Quarterfinal Series this season.

      • bronxbomberz41

        Top 4? I can definitely see that. They will be a tough out. But they struggled to score all of last year. Its almost as if the second half last year they reversed their traditional strength and weakness. Before they scored a lot and gave up a lot of goals, but last year they couldn’t score, and in the second half their defense (led by the goalie) stepped up big time

      • Joseph Crowley

        By the looks of it and considering Hockey East history, everyone this year, except for Vermont, will be a tough out in the quarter finals and just about any team could get the fourth seed or join Vermont on the outside looking in on the HE Playoffs. BC and Lowell should have home ice, Maine seems pretty stable and no one knows what to expect from BU and UNH after their seasons last year. BU had a very bad off-ice season last year and UNH had a very bad start to their on-ice season.

        Interesting to see that the media gives more hope to Providence’s season, given the lone wolf press vote for Maine #1.

  • WhereIsNorthDakota?

    I thought North Dakota would have made the Hockey East poll since they wanted BC and BU to join the NCHC.
    How come North Dakota wasnt approached by Hockey East to be twelvth team since they wanted to play with Notre Dame, BC and BU?
    And Miami could have been the Thirteen team.
    The NCHC screwed it up. Thanks Faison and Gwozdecky.

    • Joseph Crowley

      Notre Dame will not be in any Hockey East polls this hockey season, try the CCHA poll story when it comes out. Connecticut will not be in any Hockey East polls this season, either, try AHA.

      North Dakota and Miami are not coming to Hockey East and there is no NCHC polling going on this season at all.

      Thanks for contributing.

  • Matt

    Its too bad they had to go outside of New England for more Hockey East Schools when there are so many quality teams in the region like UConn, Quinnipiac, Harvard, Yale, etc. Notre Dame over in Indiana fits right in!!

    • Jake

      Not be pick on you, but your comment is a little misinformed. Yale and Harvard are Ivy League first, and ECAC second teams that will never move to Hockey East. Because the Ivies have 6 teams playing D1 hockey, they are required to stick together by Ivy League bylaws. The two leagues didn’t mesh in athletic philosophy in the ECAC twenty-five plus years ago, and mesh even less now. And, if you failed to notice, UConn just joined HEA as the 12 team. Notre Dame is a great addition with an already strong association with BC, UConn, and Providence in other sports, and a strong northeast following. Additionally, the CCHA blogs throughout the summer indicated many fans of Miami, Ohio site the Red Hawks choice of NCHA over Hockey East as a huge mistake, both in affiliation and geography. Recent events prove that ND does not ever intend to join the Big Ten, the most logical conference geographically. The Irish have become an elite hockey program, and far more competitive than the teams you have mentioned. If you are a Hockey East fan, you should be excited ND is here.

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