Boston College the Favorite, Hockey East Coaches Say

Defending national champion Boston College is as unanimous a favorite as possible in the Hockey East preseason poll.

The Eagles got nine first-place votes to finish atop the balloting. Coaches are not able to vote for their own school, and Maine received the first-place vote from BC coach Jerry York.

Maine finished second, followed by defending Hockey East regular season champion New Hampshire.

The full poll follows:

Team (first-place votes)   Points
1. Boston College (9) 90
2. Maine (1) 80
3. New Hampshire 76
4. Boston University 59
5. Northeastern 54
6. Vermont 53
7. Merrimack 48
8. Massachusetts-Lowell 33
9. Massachusetts 26
10. Providence 21

Massachusetts color commentator Brock Hines was named the recipient of the Joe Concannon Hockey East Media Award.