After putting together the best season in program history and nabbing a spot in the Hockey East quarterfinals, the UConn men’s hockey team was voted by the league’s coaches to finish eighth at Hockey East media day.
Last season, the Huskies finished fifth in Hockey East with a 15-19-2 overall record and an 11-12-1 mark in conference play. After losing talent like Max Letunov to the professional ranks and Spencer Naas to graduation, UConn may just be the most volatile team in the conference this year. With their fair share of young talent coming in (and already on the roster), the Huskies have the talent to put together a similar performance to last year, but the coaches seem to think this influx of youth could temporarily set the team back.
Boston College tops the poll with five first-place votes, followed by Providence with four. After Boston University head coach David Quinn left the Terriers to coach the New York Rangers, Albie O’Connell will take over, with BU picked third in Hockey East. Northeastern, picked fourth, was the only other school to receive a first place vote.
Maine, UMass and UMass Lowell ranked fifth, sixth and seventh respectively. New Hampshire, Vermont and Merrimack rank below UConn, with Merrimack tabbed for last under new head coach Scott Borek.
UConn kicks off its season on the road against Army on Friday, October 12 at 7 p.m.