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Yale the coaches’ choice, Rensselaer the media’s pick in ECAC preseason polls

The ECAC coaches and media differ in their assessment of how the league will stack up during the 2013-14 season.

Rensselaer was picked to win the regular-season title in the 15th annual ECAC Hockey Media Association’s 2013-14 preseason poll, receiving 18 of 33 first-place votes and 367 overall points in the poll conducted by Schenectady Daily Gazette college hockey writer Ken Schott.

It’s the first time the Engineers have been picked first in the media poll. Their previous highest finish was second in the very first media poll back in 1999-2000.

On the coaches’ side of the poll, for the first time in league history, six schools received at least one first-place vote as defending national champion Yale, Rensselaer, Quinnipiac, Union, Cornell and Dartmouth each earned a top vote.

Yale took the No. 1 spot with four first-place votes and 103 total points.

Both the media and coaches also selected an all-conference preseason team as well.

2013 ECAC PRESEASON MEDIA POLL

School (First-Place Votes)
Total Points
1. Rensselaer (18)367
2. Yale (5)324
3. Quinnipiac (6)292
4. Union (3)287
5 (tie). Cornell (1)238
5 (tie). Dartmouth238
7. St. Lawrence212
8. Brown188
9. Colgate125
10. Harvard108
11. Princeton102
12. Clarkson83

2013 ECAC PRESEASON MEDIA ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

Player
Position
Class
School
Greg CareyFSr.St. Lawrence
Kenny AgostinoFSr.Yale
Matt LoritoFJr.Brown
Shayne GostisbehereDJr.Union
Mat BodieDSr.Union
Jason KasdorfGSo.Rensselaer

2013 ECAC PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL

School (First-Place Votes)
Total Points
1. Yale (4)103
2. Rensselaer (2)102
3 (tie). Quinnipiac (2)93
3 (tie). Union (2)93
5. Cornell (1)89
6. Harvard67
7. Dartmouth (1)64
8. Brown46
9. Colgate44
10. St. Lawrence43
11. Princeton26
12. Clarkson22

2013 ECAC PRESEASON COACHES’ ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

Player
Position
Class
School
Kenny AgostinoFSr.Yale
Greg CareyFSr.St. Lawrence
Andrew CalofFSr.Princeton
Shayne GostisbehereDJr.Union
Joakim RyanDSo.Cornell
Jason KasdorfGSo.Rensselaer

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  • EliBlue

    I guess the coaches know something about the Yale goaltender position that we don’t. Kind of hard to visualize finishing first with a true freshman (freshmen) goalie(s). Can’t wait to start the season!

  • Matt Forget

    As an RPI fan, I am cautiously optimistic about this season — yes, we have a stellar goaltender and are returning almost all of our scoring, but with our star, high-scoring defenseman graduated (Bailen), I’m wondering what our situation on defense will be like this coming season (though the last 12 or so games of last season looked really good in that respect).

  • 4life4america

    This coming year the ECAC will be intensely competitive and by the time of the playoffs only a few points will separate the teams at the top from the teams at the bottom. There is a great deal of hockey talent in this conference and it will again stand tall in the NCAA Championship. I think Brown, Colgate, Dartmouth, Princeton and Harvard will do better than predicted.

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