Boston College the favorite in Hockey East coaches poll

Boston College has been picked to finish first in Hockey East, according to the annual preseason coaches poll.

The Eagles earned seven first-place votes with a total of 88 points.

Boston University, with 83 points, was chosen second in the poll and garnered the remaining three first-place votes.

New Hampshire took third, Maine fourth and Merrimack landed at No. 5.

Vermont, Massachusetts, Northeastern, Massachusetts-Lowell and Providence round out the bottom half of the poll.

Team (First-place votes)Points
1. Boston College (7)88
2. Boston University (3)83
3. New Hampshire72
4. Maine64
5. Merrimack61
6. Vermont44
7. Massachusetts42
8. Northeastern33
9. Massachusetts-Lowell27
10. Providence26

In addition, Merrimack’s Mike Machnik has been named the 20th recipient of the Joe Concannon Hockey East Media Award. Machnik will start his 19th year in his affiliation with Merrimack this coming season.

Machnik, who has been involved in college hockey since 1985, also helped launch in 1996.