Hockey East coaches have voted Providence as the team to beat for 2014-15. The UMaine Black Bears are picked to finish in 9th place.

The Friars received seven first place votes. Boston College got three first place votes. Northeastern and UMass Lowell each received one first place vote.

Providence is led by South Portland native Jon Gillies in goal. Head coach Nate Leeman is a former assistant coach at Maine.

Red Gendron's Black Bears return 10 of the 12 scorers from last year's team, including Devin Shore who was named a 2nd team All-American. The Bears open play with an exhibition game against New Brunswick on October 5th.

1.   Providence (7)

2.   Boston College (3)

3.   Notre Dame

4.   Northeastern (1)

5.   UNH

6.   Boston University

7.   UMass Lowell (1)

8.   Vermont

9.   Maine

10. Merrimack

11. UMass

12. UConn