Pressure is on No. 1-ranked BC hockey

BOSTON -- Make no mistake, Boston College hockey coach Jerry York knows exactly the odds he's up against this season as his Eagles look to defend the national crown they won this past spring. Minnesota (2002-03) and Denver (2004-05) were each able to repeat earlier this decade, but an East Coast squad hasn't won back-to-back championships since Boston University did so in 1971 and 1972.

That hasn't discouraged the pundits, who pegged York's Eagles as the overwhelming preseason favorite in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll. BC (29-10-3 overall last season; 16-8-3 Hockey East) garnered 28 of 34 first-place votes and 504 points, easily outdistancing North Dakota (4 first-place votes, 462 points). Hockey East coaches agreed, giving the Eagles the top spot with a virtual unanimous vote (York cannot vote for BC).

"That's the best hockey team I've seen in a long, long time," said Northeastern coach Greg Cronin. "They could get 40 wins."

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