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John_Fuller
09-29-2011, 09:31 PM
No surprise as Lowell is picked to finish 9th in the HE Coaches Poll.
http://www.hockeyeastonline.com/men/pres1112/201109/sep27poll.php

No real surprises here although my rankings would be: BU, BC, UNH, Merrimack, Maine, UMA, Lowell, UVM, NU, PC.

Looking at the numbers for HE, the coaches believe it will be five teams for four home-ice spots. Big drop off after Merrimack.

Of the bottom five teams, UMA would be my dark horse to make some noise and finish better than expected. They have a lot of underrated talent and while I don't see them winning Hockey East. they are going to give some teams fits.

We could very well finish as high as sixth this year given my thoughts but that brutal start to the HE schedule undoubtably will have an negative impact and preclude that from happening.

Hokydad
09-29-2011, 09:46 PM
bc, bu, unh, me, mc, uvm, pc, uml, uma, nu

UMLFan
09-30-2011, 09:17 AM
No real surprises here although my rankings would be: BU, BC, UNH, Merrimack, Maine, UMA, Lowell, UVM, NU, PC.



bc, bu, unh, me, mc, uvm, pc, uml, uma, nu
I like both of these, as they'd definitely be a step forward for Bazin, which is great in his first year.

I just think NU dropping to last would be surprising, but we'll see. I can see Lowell anywhere from 7th (if this year is a huge step forward) all the way to 10th.

Probably should think about starting up the new season thread in the next couple of days.

goUMLgoBC
09-30-2011, 10:29 AM
NESN article about new coaches in HE:

http://www.nesn.com/2011/09/hockey-east-gets-rare-coaching-shake-up-as-northeastern-providence-umass-lowell-all-welcome-new-benc.html

River Hawks' announcement regarding the sale of individual tickets and the promotion schecule for the season:

http://www.goriverhawks.com/sports/m-hockey/spec-rel/093011aaa.html

Just over a week to go until the exhibition. Can't wait.

UML
09-30-2011, 04:42 PM
I'm jacked and pumped for the season to start!

goUMLgoBC
10-02-2011, 12:45 PM
Probably a silly question but do they come up with a new Center Ice Club program/flyer each season? It might be a little early because preseason is still a week away and the new coach probably has his own way of fundraising and interacting with/attracting fans. Just wondering if anyone knew because if they're keeping everything the same, I'll send the stuff in now as opposed to continuing to wait and see what this year's looks like.

Less than a week to go. :D

boblav1
10-02-2011, 04:06 PM
NCHC will go on without Notre Dame. (http://cchockey.freedomblogging.com/2011/10/02/nchc-will-go-on-without-notre-dame/27023/) I wonder if this means the (NCHC) door is completely closed for Notre Dame? I was hoping they would join the NCHC instead of HE.

From CHN: http://www.collegehockeynews.com/news/2011/10/02_nchc_staying_at_8;_sets_stage.php

leswp1
10-02-2011, 05:38 PM
Oh, goody. Now we can have all the fans who genuflect when the Notre Dame name is mentioned gather with the other 2 chosen teams' fans. Yuck.

UMLFan
10-03-2011, 06:41 AM
With the exhibition game this week ... I've started a season thread here (http://board.uscho.com/showthread.php?96995-UML-2011-2012-Season-Thread).