Tuesday, September 27, 2011

BU Picked 2nd in Hockey East Coaches Poll; Assistant Captains Named

Justin Courtnall
(photo by Matt Desens)
Today, the Hockey East coaches sat down for their annual pre-season meeting and released the coach's poll.

BU was tabbed to finish second in the league behind Boston College.  BU picked up three of the possible 10 first place votes, while BC claimed the other seven. Yesterday, BU was picked to win Hockey East by the Writers and Broadcasters of the league.

Coaches poll:
  1. Boston College (7)
  2. Boston University (3)
  3. Nw Hampshire
  4. Maine
  5. Merrimack
  6. Vermont
  7. UMass
  8. Northeastern
  9. Lowell
  10. Providence 
Assistant Captains named today
Alex Chiasson
(photo by Matt Dresens)
Following the conclusion of last season, we all knew Chis Connolly would once again be Captain of the Terriers. What we didn't know was who the assistants would be. Today it was released that Alex Chiasson and Justin Courtnall will wear the "A" on there sweater this season.

Injury Report (already?)
According to the Boston Hockey Blog, Junior defenseman Ryan Ruikka will be out three weeks with a hairline fracture in his right foot. 

The tough luck for Yasin Cisse continues. Cisse suffered a concussion in a practice some time last week. He will be listed as day to day.

"He got a concussion in practice so there's a limitation that way right now," BU coach Jack Parker said.

Both players have missed entire seasons with injuries. Ruikka missed his entire freshman campaign with a separated shoulder. Last season Ruikka re-injured the shoulder mid-way though the year. Cisse, also missed all but two shifts in his freshman year. He blew out his knee in the season opener against Wisconsin. 

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