Fresh off a national poll that put them in the preseason top-30, the UMaine Black Bear hockey team has been picked fifth the Hockey East coaches poll.

That's the highest preseason ranking in a few years.

The Black Bears finished fifth last season in HE (10-11-3) (18-16-4 overall).

Of the seven players who totaled at least 20 points, six of them return. Goalie Jeremy Swayman is coming off an outstanding freshman year.

Check out the full Hockey East poll here...

2019-19 Hockey East Preseason Coaches Poll

1. Boston College (5) 93
2. Providence (4) 92
3. Boston University (1) 84
4. Northeastern (1) 66
5. Maine 61
6. Massachusetts 56
7. UMass Lowell 52
8. UConn 41
9. New Hampshire 26
10. Vermont 19
11. Merrimack 15