2014-15 Hockey East Preseason Poll: Boston College Picked Second


In yesterday’s 2014-15 Hockey East preseason poll release, the Boston College Eagles were picked to finish second in their conference this season.

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Boston College, who won the Hockey East regular-season title last year but fell in the Hockey East quarterfinals for the first time in over a decade, advanced to the Frozen Four in 2014. It was the twelfth time the Eagles made it there under the leadership of Jerry York.

The team that took the honors of being number one was Providence, another team that qualified for the 2014 NCAA Tournament. The Friars made their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 13 years in March, losing to Union in the regional finals in Bridgeport. As we know, Boston College would lose to Union in the national semifinals shortly thereafter.

A look at the poll, taken amongst the twelve coaches within the conference:

2014-15 Hockey East Preseason Poll

1. Providence Friars (127 pts)
2. Boston College Eagles (120)
3. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (94)
4. Northeastern Huskies (90)
5. New Hampshire Wildcats (86)
6. Boston University Terriers (83)
7. UMass-Lowell River Hawks (79)
8. Vermont Catamounts (75)
9. Maine Black Bears (74)
10. Merrimack Warriors (37)
11. Massachusetts Minutemen (33)
12. Connecticut Huskies (26)

Last season, Boston College and UMass-Lowell tied for first in the preseason poll, with Providence placing fifth. The final standings saw the Eagles take first place with UMass-Lowell second and Providence third.

Boston University is picked to rebound slightly from their ninth-place season, while UMass-Lowell looks set for a sizable drop-off following the loss of some key players, including star goalie Connor Hellebuyck and forward Joe Pendenza.

Meanwhile, the newcomer UConn Huskies were picked last in the 2014-15 Hockey East preseason poll. Too bad, so sad.