A look at the teams competing in the ECAC:
1. Rensselaer (Last season: 18-14-5, second place) — Key returnees: F Ryan Haggerty, 12-14—26; F Matt Neal, 8-22—30; G Jason Kasdorf, 14-5-2, 1.62, .935; Key newcomer: D Parker Reno. Hometown: Edina, Minn. Last team: Edina High School; Outlook: The Engineers have much to look forward to with nine of their top 10 scorers returning, all but one defenseman and the starting goaltender.
2. Yale (22-12-3, third) — Key returnees: F Kenny Agostino, 17-24—41; D Tommy Fallen, 7-16—23. Key newcomer: F John Hayden. Hometown: Greenwich, Conn. Last year’s team: US National Team. Outlook: The defending national champion will have a tall order to repeat this year but there is plenty to build on.
3. Quinnipiac (30-8-5, first) — Key returnees: F Matthew Peca, 15-15—30; F Connor Jones, 12-14—26; F Kellen Jones, 13-14—27; Key newcomer: Connor Clifton. Hometown: Matawan, N.J. Last team: Team USA (USNDP). Outlook: The Bobcats are coming off a record-setting season with their first trip ever to the Frozen Four, but losing 11 seniors means a bit of rebuilding will be necessary.
4. Union (22-13-5, fourth) — Key returnees: D Kyle Bodie, 9-24—33; F Daniel Carr, 16-16—32; G Colin Stevens, 5-3-0, 1.62, .931. Key newcomer: F Michael Pontarelli. Hometown: Laval, Quebec. Last team: Cornwall (CCHL). Outlook: The Dutchmen lost a lot of scoring, so this year will be one of scoring by committee. The defense has always been a hallmark and is expected to be again.
5. Cornell (15-16-3, 10th) — Key returnees: G Andy Iles, 15-16-3, 2.38, .916; D Joakim Ryan, 3-20—23; F Brian Ferlin, 10-14—24; Key newcomer: F Matt Buckles. Hometown: Toronto, Ontario. Last team: St. Michaels (OJHL); Outlook: The team will be relying on its junior class to fight its way through the league schedule and veteran goaltending will help.
6. Dartmouth (15-14-5, fifth) — Key returnees: G Cab Morris, 2.14, .915, 8-7-3; F Eric Robinson, 11-9—20; F Tyler Sikura, Jr. 12-20—32. Key newcomer: F Troy Crema. Hometown: Toronto, Ontario. Last team: Hamilton Red Wings (OJHL). Outlook: The Big Green got off to the program’s best start last season before fading, and return 21 veterans.
7. St. Lawrence (18-16-4, sixth) — Key returnees: F Greg Carey, 28-23—51; F Jeremy Wick, 14-14—28; F Gunnar Hughes, 7-16—23; Key newcomer: Matt Carey. Hometown: Hamilton, Ontario. Last team: Toronto Jr. Canadiens. Outlook: The Saints lost a lot of offense, but need more than Greg Carey to shoulder the offensive load. This could be a challenging campaign if others don’t step up to fill the gap
8. Brown (16-14-6, seventh) — Key returnees: D Dennis Robertson, 3-17—20; F Matt Lorito, 22-15—37, and F Garnet Hathaway, 6-15—21. Key newcomer: F Zack Pryzbek. Hometown: Niagara On The Lake, Ontario. Last team: Coquitlam (BCHL); Outlook: Bears coming off a very satisfying season, their most victories since 2005, and top five scorers are returning.
9. Colgate (14-18-4, 11th) — Key returnees: F Tylor Spink, 13-18—31; F Kyle Baun, 14-10—24; D Spiro Goulakos, 7-11—18; Key newcomer: F Tim Harrison. Hometown: Duxbury, Mass. Last year’s team: Dexter School. Outlook: It looks to be a rebuilding season for the Raiders, who have 17 freshmen and sophomores.
10. Harvard (10-19-3, 12th) — Key returnees: F Jimmy Vesey, 11-9—20; F Brian Hart, 5-15—20; D Dan Ford 2-4—6; Key newcomer: F Alexander Kerfoot. Hometown: West Vancouver, British Columbia. Last team: Coquitlam (BCHL). Outlook: Crimson have nine new skaters joining the veterans and coach Ted Donato has a new-look staff to lead the way.
11. Princeton (10-16-5, eighth) — Key returnees: F Andrew Calof, 14-24—38; F Tyler Maugeri, 9-14—23; Key newcomer: F Ben Foster. Hometown: Darien, Conn. Last team: Tri-City (USHL). Outlook: The Tigers have a large senior class (nine) and return their three top scorers but are a question mark in goal.
12. Clarkson (9-20-7, ninth) — Key returnees: F Allan McPherson, 9-16—25; F Ben Sexton, 5-15—20; D Paul Geiger, 2-10—12; Key newcomer: F Troy Josephs. Hometown: Whitby, Ontario. Last team: St. Michael’s (OJHL). Outlook: The Golden Knights return 13 players up front, including their nine top scorers, and expect to have a solid campaign.