Found September 24, 2013 on NESN.com:
BOSTON — The top half of the Hockey East preseason coaches poll features a couple of powerhouses college hockey fans have come to expect to see at the top over the years. Teams like Boston College — tied for first in the preseason poll — and New Hampshire (third) have assumed their position among the conference’s elite as they are wont to do. But there are also a few teams in the top half of teams that aren’t necessarily prone to showing up among the nation’s best hockey clubs. There are teams like UMass-Lowell, who is tied for first with BC, as well as Hockey East newcomer Notre Dame. Providence checks in at No. 5, one spot ahead of the mighty Boston University. This is the new Hockey East, and it’s what makes the conference the best college hockey conference in the country. Parity often times becomes a cliche when in the sports world, but it’s legitimate in Hockey East. BC or BU have still won eight of the last nine Hockey East tournaments, but it was the 2012-13 season that might...
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