Media Picks Union to Win League's Regular-Season Title

ALBANY, N.Y. -- For the first time in the 14-year history of the ECAC Hockey Media Association Preseason Poll, Union has picked to win the ECAC Hockey regular-season title.

The Dutchmen, the two-time defending Cleary Cup Champions, received 18 of 30 first-place votes and earned 343 points. Union, which also won its first ECAC Hockey tournament title last March and reached the NCAA Frozen Four for the first time at the Division I level, seeks to become the first team to win three straight regular-season titles since Harvard did it from 1992-94.

Cornell, which finished second to Union in the standings last season, is second in the poll. The Big Red received 11 first-place votes and 330 points.

Harvard, the ECAC Hockey tournament runner-up, is third in the poll with 293 points. Quinnipiac finished fourth with 246 points. Yale got the other first-place vote and finished fifth with 236 points. Coming in sixth was St. Lawrence with 159 points.

Rounding out the poll, which is conducted by Schenectady Daily Gazette college hockey writer Ken Schott, is Clarkson (seventh, 155 points), Colgate (eighth, 148 points), Rensselaer (ninth, 144 points), Dartmouth (10th, 140 points), Princeton (11th, 108 points) and Brown (12th, 41 points).

Union placed three players on the ECAC Hockey Media Association Preseason All-Conference team: goalie Troy Grosenick, forward Daniel Carr and defenseman Mat Bodie.

The other team members are forwards Greg Carey (St. Lawrence) and Connor Jones (Quinnipiac), and Harvard defenseman Danny Biega.

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