Sponsored By
An organization or individual has paid for the creation of this work but did not approve or review it.



Head coaches pick repeat Hockey East winners for men, women

Northeastern receives top votes in both polls of conference's head coaches

Minnesota Duluth women’s hockey faces Northeastern in Frozen Four semifinal game at Pegula Ice Arena
Minnesota Duluth forward Gabbie Hughes (17) puts the puck on net against Northeastern during the Women’s Frozen Four semifinal on Friday, March 18, 2022, at Pegula Ice Arena in University Park, Pennsylvania.
Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune

BOSTON — It will be a new season, but do not expect change atop the Hockey East men's and women's hockey standings if you believe in preseason polls.

Northeastern University, which won both the men's and women's conference regular season titles in 2021-22, was picked to repeat in 2022-23 in preseason polls of the head coaches of each.

He joins The Rink Live podcast and discusses his career, the state of the Catamounts, getting a foothold in recruiting in Minnesota and more with Jess Myers and Mick Hatten

The Northeastern men received seven of the 11 first-place votes after finishing one point ahead of both Massachusetts and UMass Lowell for the regular season title last season. Northeastern was 25-13-1 and reached the Hockey East semifinals and played in the NCAA Division I tournament.

Massachusetts, which won the conference playoff title and tied for second during the regular season in '21-'22, was picked to finish third. But the Minutemen picked up three first-place votes.

Boston University received the other first-place vote and was picked to finish second, one point ahead of UMass.


Northeastern women picked to win

Northeastern was also picked to repeat in the preseason women's hockey coaches poll. Northeastern won both the conference regular season and playoff titles, reached the NCAA semifinals and finished 31-5-2 overall in 2021-22. Northeastern received nine of the 10 first-place votes from the conference's head coaches.

Vermont, which finished second in the regular season and reached the Hockey East semifinals last season, was picked to finish second again. The Catamounts received the other first-place vote and were 22-11-3 last season.

Hockey East men's preseason poll

1. Northeastern (7 first-place votes), 105 points
2. Boston University (1), 94
3. Massachusetts (3), 93
4. Providence, 76
5. (tie) Boston College, UMass Lowell, 71
7. Connecticut, 70
8. Merrimack, 44
9. New Hampshire, 37
10. Vermont, 29
11. Maine, 26

Hockey East women's preseason poll

1. Northeastern (9 first-place votes), 90 points
2. Vermont (1), 79
3. Boston College, 76
4. Providence, 61
5. Boston University, 59
6. Connecticut, 53
7. Maine, 39
8. New Hampshire, 38
9. Merrimack, 26
10. Holy Cross, 19

Mick Hatten is a reporter and editor for Forum News Service and helps manage TheRinkLive.com, a website dedicated to hockey. He began working for Forum Communications in November 2018 and has covered St. Cloud State University hockey since 2010. A graduate of St. Cloud State, he has more than 30 years of experience as a journalist and has been a youth hockey coach since 2014. mhatten@forumcomm.com

For more coverage of St. Cloud and the surrounding communities, check out St. Cloud Live.
What to read next
Get Local