Quinnipiac is Coaches’ Choice in 2016-17

Quinnipiac is Coaches’ Choice in 2016-17

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Defending ECAC Men’s Hockey (@ecachockeyMWD1) regular-season and league tournament champion Quinnipiac was selected atop in the 2016-17 ECAC Hockey Men’s Coaches’ Preseason Poll with 110 points, earning a league-high six first-place votes.

Quinnipiac is coming off fourth-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, which has been highlighted by trips to the NCAA Frozen Four and National Championship Game in 2013 and 2016. This past season, the Bobcats captured their first Whitelaw Cup as ECAC Hockey Tournament Champions while also winning the Cleary Cup for the ECAC Hockey Regular Season Championship for the third time in four seasons.  

St. Lawrence, coming off two consecutive appearances in the league’s championship weekend in Lake Placid, N.Y. and a fourth place finish received a total of 102 points, including four first-place votes. The Saints welcome new head coach Mark Morris who will take the reigns of a program which garnered 39 wins over the last two seasons.

Two teams which showcased stellar offenses last season each scoring over 100 goals in overall contests, Harvard and Clarkson, finished third and fourth respectively in the poll. Under Ted Donato’s direction the Crimson returns seven of their top-ten point scorers from a year ago. The Golden Knights, entering their 95th season this fall, return six of their top seven point-getters.

Yale, who finished second in ECAC Hockey last season and earned another trip to the national tournament, comes in at No. 5 in the coaches’ poll received one first-place vote and a toal of 84 points.

Cornell, starting its regular season with five consecutive games away from home for the first time since the 1959-60 campaign.ink, sits in the sixth spot in the poll earning 75 points, along with one first-place vote.

Union was voted in the No. 7 spot with 71 points, while Rensselaer under head coach Seth Appert comes in the No. 8 position with 51  points. Dartmouth was selected in the No. 9 position in the preseason coaches’ poll for the second consecutive season with 41 points and Brown was in the tenth spot with 31 points.

Beginning its 24th season under head coach Don Vaughan and its first inside the Class of 1965 Arena on Oct. 1, taking on Army West Point, Colgate was selected to finish 11th in the poll, while Princeton with third-year head coach Ron Fogarty comes in at No. 12 in the poll.

1. Quinnipiac  (6)     110

2. St. Lawrence (4)    102

3. Harvard        96

4. Clarkson         88

5. Yale (1)        84

6. Cornell (1)        75

7. Union             71

8. Rensselaer        51

9. Dartmouth        41

10. Brown            31

11. Colgate        22

12. Princeton        21