Head coaches pick repeat Hockey East winners for men, women
Northeastern receives top votes in both polls of conference's head coaches
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.
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