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UConn Huskies Make Hockey East Media Day Debut

Head Coach Mike Cavanaugh at Hockey East Media Day at TD Garden
Sept. 22, 2014

Hockey East Preseason Coaches' Poll Release | Joe Concannon Media Award Release
Composite TV Schedule Release | 2014-15 Hockey East Composite Schedule

- The Hockey East Association held its annual media day at TD Garden on Monday highlighted by league commissioner Joe Bertagna announcing the 2014-15 coaches' preseason poll.  The league also announced that Pete Webster has been named the recipient of the prestigious Joe Concannon Hockey East Media Award.  Webster has been the color analyst for the New Hampshire Wildcat Sports Radio Network for the past 21 years.
UConn, who begins their first season of play in Hockey East this season, was slotted 12th in the annual poll of the league's head coaches.  The Providence Friars received seven of the 12 first place votes and were tabbed as the league favorite heading into the 31st season of play in Hockey East.  Boston College collected three first place votes and was second in the poll.
Northeastern and UMass Lowell, back-to-back Hockey East tournament champion, each garnered a first place vote as well.  The Huskies were picked fourth, behind Notre Dame, while the River hawks were slotted seventh in the poll, behind New Hampshire in fifth and Boston University in sixth.  The coaches rounded out the poll with Vermont in eighth, Maine in ninth, Merrimack in 10th, UMass in 11th and the Huskies in 12th.
The Huskies will play their first official Hockey East game on Saturday, October 18th when they travel to Merrimack.  UConn's first Hockey East home game will be Wednesday, November 5th when they host Boston College at the XL Center.
Bertagna also announced the league's composite television schedule for the season, featuring 70 Hockey East games.  The Huskies will appear on the league's package twice this season, at Notre Dame on NBCSN and at New Hampshire on NESN.
2014-15 Hockey East Preseason Coaches' Poll
1. Providence (7) - 127
2. Boston College (2) - 120
3. Notre Dame - 94
4. Northeastern (1) - 90
5. New Hampshire - 86
6. Boston University - 83
7. UMass Lowell (1) - 79
8. Vermont - 75
9. Maine - 74
10. Merrimack - 37
11. UMass - 33
12. UConn - 26

ABOUT THE JOE CONCANNON HOCKEY EAST MEDIA AWARD: The prestigious honor, named in 2001 in memory of long-time Boston Globe sportswriter Joe Concannon, is bestowed annually upon a member of the media who has demonstrated a superior body of work in covering and promoting the Hockey East Association over an extended period of time.