MARSHFIELD, Mass. – The New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) has released its annual Preseason Coaches' Poll for men's ice hockey. The poll is compiled based on rankings from the league's ten head coaches. Reigning NEHC league champions, Hobart College were selected to finish in the top spot this season, receiving seven first place votes and 96 total points. Norwich University were slated second, receiving two first place votes and 88 total points while University of Massachusetts Boston rounded out the top three with 77 total points.
2018-19 NEHC Men's Ice Hockey Preseason Coaches' Poll
|Rank (1st Place Votes)||Pts.|
|1.||Hobart College (7)||96|
|2.||Norwich University (2)||88|
|3.||University of Massachusetts Boston||77|
|5.||New England College||58|
|6.||Skidmore College (1)||57|
|8.||University of Southern Maine||32|
|10.||Johnson & Wales University||12|
Teams open the regular season nonconference schedule on the weekend of October 26 with nine of ten teams seeing action. League play begins the following Friday (November 2) with all ten members hitting the ice. All teams will square off against each other twice in the regular season in home-and-home bouts.
THREE STICK TAPS
A PEREFECT TEN: The NEHC is back to ten members for the first time since the 2015-16 season as Suffolk and Johnson & Wales are formally welcomed to the fold. Suffolk and JWU will be travel partners for league scheduling in the upcoming years.
DON'T COUNT OUT THE NEW KIDS: Hobart College joined the NEHC for the 2017-18 season and earned the league's postseason crown and automatic berth to the NCAA Championship in their first year of competition in the league. Will the usual suspects contend this season? Or is someone new ready to claim the hardware?
A NEW ERA IN NORTHFIELD: Long-time Norwich University Head Coach, Mike McShane, hung up his skates after 23 years behind the bench for the Cadets. Enter Cam Ellsworth who aims to create his own legacy at Norwich and help return the program to the NCAA postseason.