Press Release – from the Hockey East Writers and Broadcast Association
Defending NCAA champion Boston College was chosen by the Hockey East media to repeat as regular season champion for 2012-13 in the third annual poll of the Hockey East Writers & Broadcasters Association.
The Eagles received 21 of a possible 25 first-place votes. Last year’s regular season runner-up, Massachusetts-Lowell, finished second in the balloting and received three first-place votes.
Boston University was picked third, followed by New Hampshire and Providence. Maine came in sixth, just behind the Friars, and received the remaining first-place vote.
Merrimack, Northeastern, Massachusetts and Vermont rounded out the remaining four spots in the poll.
The media once again selected a preseason All-Hockey East Team. Because of a tie in the balloting at forward, four forwards were named this year. The four were Joey Diamond (Sr., Maine), 2012 NCAA Tournament MVP Johnny Gaudreau (So., Boston College), Matt Nieto (Jr., Boston University) and last year’s Hockey East Rookie of the Year, Scott Wilson (So., Massachusetts-Lowell).
Garrett Noonan (Jr., Boston University) and Chad Ruhwedel (Jr., Massachusetts-Lowell) were named on defense. Parker Milner (Sr., Boston College) was the choice of the media in goal.
Boston College, Boston University and Massachusetts-Lowell each had two players named.
Ballots were received from print and broadcast media covering the ten league schools as well as regional and national media.
Complete poll results follow.
1. Boston College (21) 243
2. Massachusetts-Lowell (3) 219
3. Boston University 189
4. New Hampshire 166
5. Providence 141
6. Maine (1) 137
7. Merrimack 96
8. Northeastern 87
9. Massachusetts 70
10. Vermont 27
F Joey Diamond (Sr., Maine)
F Johnny Gaudreau (So., Boston College)
F Matt Nieto (Jr., Boston University)
F Scott Wilson (So., Massachusetts-Lowell)
D Garrett Noonan (Jr., Boston University)
D Chad Ruhwedel (Jr., Massachusetts-Lowell)
G Parker Milner (Sr., Boston College)