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BC Tabbed Co-Favorites to Win Hockey East Title




Sept. 24, 2013

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Boston College has been chosen as the preseason co-favorite to win the Hockey East regular-season crown voted on by the league coaches and announced at the conference’s annual media day at TD Garden on Tuesday morning. The Eagles received the same amount of points as UMass Lowell (104 points) and garnered four of the league’s 11 first-place votes.

The River Hawks, fresh off their first trip to the Frozen Four last season, picked up seven first-place votes. New Hampshire and Notre Dame (84 points) were tabbed to tie for third while Providence (79 points), Boston University (67 points) and Merrimack (54 points) were selected to finish fifth, sixth and seventh, in that order. Maine (45 points), Vermont (34 points), Massachusetts (32 points) and Northeastern (28 points) rounded out the remainder of the league’s predicted finish.

The Eagles’ co-favorite pick marks the sixth straight season and 13th time in the last 15 seasons that BC has been picked as the preseason favorite, or co-favorite, to win the league title.

Boston College finished second in Hockey East last season with a 15-9-2 overall mark in Hockey East action and a 22-12-4 mark in all.

The Eagles qualified for the NCAA Tournament last year, marking their 32nd berth into the postseason and 14th in the last 16 years.

Head coach Jerry York and the Eagles return 18 letterwinners from last season, including 67 percent of their second-ranked offense in the country. BC also ushers in one of its biggest rookie classes in recent history. Ten new Eagles will don the maroon and gold in Boston College’s quest for its sixth national championship and fourth in the last seven seasons.

BC’s preseason begins with a Sunday afternoon exhibition against St. Francis Xavier on Sunday, Oct. 6, at Conte Forum. Puck drop is slated for 1 p.m.

Boston College’s 92nd hockey season will open in Ann Arbor, Mich., when the Eagles invade Yost Ice Arena to battle Big Ten opponent Michigan on Thursday, Oct. 10. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. and will be televised on Comcast. The home opener will come against Rensselaer on Sunday, Oct. 13, at 3 p.m.

2013-14 Hockey East Preseason Coaches Poll

Rank Team (FPV) Points
1. UMass Lowell (7) 104
Boston College (4) 104
3. New Hampshire 84
Notre Dame 84
5. Providence 79
6. Boston University 67
7. Merrimack 54
8. Maine 45
9. Vermont 34
10. Massachusetts 32
11. Northeastern 28

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