Men's Ice Hockey Picked Fifth in AHA Poll

Sept. 26, 2007

Fairfield, CT - The Sacred Heart men's ice hockey team was picked to finish fifth by the league's coaches in the Atlantic Hockey preseason poll released Wednesday at the league's annual media day. RIT was tabbed as the preseason favorite.

The Tigers, the 2006-07 regular season champions, collected eight first place votes en route to 80 total points. Air Force, last year's tournament champion, was the coaches second place choice. Army was chosen third with Mercyhurst following in fourth place and the final first place vote. The final five places are garnered by Holy Cross, Connecticut, Canisius, Bentley and American International.

Sacred Heart is led into the 2007-08 season by senior captain Alexandre Parent (Boisbriand, QC). Senior Scott Marchesi (South Portland, ME) and junior Dave Grimson (Mozart, SK) will serve as the assistant captains this season.

The Pioneers open the season October 12th when they visit Colgate.

2007-08 Atlantic Hockey Association Preseason Coaches Poll

1. Rochester Institute of Tech. (8) ....................... 80

2. Air Force (1) .......................................... 67

3. Army ................................................... 58

4. Mercyhurst (1) ......................................... 55

5. Sacred Heart ........................................... 54

6. Holy Cross ............................................. 45

7. Connecticut ............................................ 34

8. Canisius ............................................... 25

9. Bentley ................................................ 23

10. American International ................................ 9