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Oct. 7, 1997

Boston College Fourth in Preseason Coaches' Poll

Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Boston College hockey team, under the direction of head coach Jerry York (4th season, 26th overall), was picked to finish fourth in the HOCKEY EAST Preseason Poll, conducted by the league's nine head coaches.

Boston University (76 points), New Hampshire (69) and Maine (67) were picked as the three top teams.

Boston College (58 points) returns 14 letterwinners from last season's squad that finished in sixth-place in the HOCKEY EAST. Eight of the top 10 scorers return to the squad, which welcomes eight talented newcomers.

Leading the cast of returning players is junior forward Marty Reasoner (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.). An All-HOCKEY EAST selection last year, Reasoner has led the team in scoring in each of the last two seasons and is the team's captain for 1997-98. Junior defenseman Brendan Buckley (Needham, Mass.) and senior forward Jamie O'Leary (Needham, Mass.) are the assistant captains.

Boston College will host University of Ottawa in an exhibition game on Saturday, October 11 at 7 p.m. before opening up the regular season on October 17 versus Bowling Green at home (7 p.m.).

1997-98 HOCKEY EAST Preseason Poll
1.  Boston University (6)   76
2.  New Hampshire (1)       69
3.  Maine (2)               67
4.  BOSTON COLLEGE          58
5.  Providence              39
6.  UMass-Lowell            27
    Merrimack               27
8.  UMass-Amherst           24
9.  Northeastern            18

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