Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Huskies Tabbed Sixth in Hockey East Preseason Poll


The Hockey East Association officially raised the curtain on the 2009-10 season when Northeastern and the conference’s nine others clubs reconvened at the TD Garden at Legends Restaurant in Boston for Hockey East Media Day on Wednesday, Sept. 30. Head coach Greg Cronin along with junior captain Tyler McNeely and assistant captain Greg Costa represented the Huskies at the gala.

Along with members of the media getting reacquainted with the league’s coaches, selected team members and league administrators, Hockey East released its preseason coaches’ poll.

The Huskies were predicted to finish sixth in the conference. Boston University, defending national champions, return as the favorites to win the league while UMass Lowell was tabbed second, earning a couple first-place votes along the way. Boston College was penciled in to finish third while New Hampshire and Vermont were estimated in a fourth-place tie. Massachusetts, Maine, Providence and Merrimack were pegged to finish after the Huskies in respective order.

Along with a lunch at noon, the conference announced the recipient of the Joe Concannon Hockey East Media Award. Bob Ellis from UMass Lowell was adorned with the honor.

The Hockey East Media Award was officially renamed in June of 2001 to honor Joe Concannon, a long-time Boston Globe staff writer and the recipient of the 1998 Media Award. Each season, the league’s sports information directors forward a list of nominees for consideration. A committee representing the league’s administrators, coaches and SIDs vote to name the recipient of the award. Each recipient has demonstrated a superior body of work in covering and promoting Hockey East over an extended period.

Hockey East also revealed its television schedule for the 2009-10 campaign. Northeastern will be featured in at least five televised games, including the first round of the Beanpot against Boston University on Mon., Feb. 1 at 8 p.m. and the potential championship showdown on Mon., Feb. 8 at 8 p.m.  The Beanpot Tournament will be covered by NESN.

The Huskies appear on NESN in the club’s conference opener at New Hampshire on Fri., Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. Northeastern will be highlighted in back-to-back home games as the public will be able to feast its eyes on the new Matthews Arena on Sat., Jan. 9 against UMass Lowell (NESN) and Sun., Jan. 10 against Massachusetts (ESPNU). Both games are scheduled for 7 p.m. Northeastern’s game at Boston College on Sun., Feb. 21 at 3 p.m. will also be televised (NESN).

Northeastern’s roster features seven seniors, six juniors, seven sophomores and 10 freshmen, one of the Huskies youngest, yet most talented teams to date. NU will return over 60 percent of its goal scoring, including two players who lit the lamp 10 or more times (junior Wade MacLeod and sophomore Steve Quailer), and nearly 70 percent of its total offense. Northeastern is also only one of three teams to return at least five 20-point scorers (UMass Lowell has seven and Boston University also has five) in the Hockey East. This year’s sophomore class recorded 62 points (25g – 37a) in 2008-09. The juniors logged 84 points (27g – 57a) while the seniors contributed 74 points (23g – 51a) last season.

Complete information on the team is available in the 2009-20 men’s hockey media guide, which is now available at

The club gets its first taste of the 2009-10 schedule in an exhibition match between St. Thomas (Fredericton, New Brunswick) on Sat., Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. at Matthews Arena. The Huskies will head west to take on WCHA foe Colorado College for a two-game set on Fri., Oct. 9 at 9:37 p.m. (et) and Sat., Oct. 10 at 9:07 p.m. (et) before its first home regular-season contest against Bentley on Fri., Oct. 16 at 7 p.m.

 Head coach Greg Cronin fields questions for media outlets across all of collegiate hockey.

Legends Restaurant at TD Garden - the site of 2009-10 Hockey East Media Day

Hockey East podium

Likenesses of legends at Legends

Coach Cronin speaks with media members of the Hockey East

Coach Cronin speaks with media members of the Hockey East

The backdrop of Hockey East Media Day

Coach Cronin was the center of attention during the media opportunities

Members from the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, NESN, and were on hand

Coach Cronin grants an interview fror a local station from New Hampshire

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