The Army West Point Hockey team was slated fifth in the Atlantic Hockey Association Coaches Poll, announced by the league today.
“For us, it has been a long preseason, but I am really proud of how our guys have handled it,” said head coach Brian Riley. “They have come up to the rink with a sense of excitement and energy every day. I think a lot of it has to do with what happened last year. You don't realize how much you love something until it is taken away from you. They are willing to do whatever it takes to have a season and we can't wait to get started this weekend.”
The Black Knights received 60 points in the poll to rank fifth. The Eastern Pod that Army will be competing in for the 2020-21 season took four of the top-five spots in the poll.
American International led the way with 96 points and seven first-place votes and was followed by Sacred Heart (76 pts, 2 votes), Bentley (75 pts.), Niagara (69 pts., 1 vote) and then Army. Air Force and Robert Morris were tied for sixth (49 pts.), while Holy Cross was slated eighth (27 pts.) and Canisius and Mercyhurst rounded out the poll with 18 points apiece.
RIT announced yesterday that all of its 2020-21 winter sports were canceled, including men's and women's ice hockey, and were therefore not included in the poll.
The Black Knights open their season against LIU on Saturday with a 4:05 p.m. puck drop at Tate Rink.