Since they are the defending NCAA champions, this was hardly a surprise: Boston College is ranked No. 1 in the preseason USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll, receiving 28 of the 34 first-place votes.â†µ
B.C. is also atop the first-ever Hockey East Writers & Broadcast Association's preseason poll.â†µ
The Eagles were also represented on the poll's first-team, All Hockey East selections. Junior Cam Atkinson made the ballot as one of three forwards, while goalie John Muse split tied with Providence's Alex Beaudry for first-team goaltender.â†µ
The Eagles' regular season begins Oct. 9, at Northeastern.