Men's Ice Hockey Picked First In ECAC Hockey Preseason Polls; Donato, Fox, Madsen All-Conference Selections

Men's Ice Hockey Picked First In ECAC Hockey Preseason Polls; Donato, Fox, Madsen All-Conference Selections

Harvard men's hockey was picked to finish first in the Preseason ECAC Hockey Coaches' and Media Polls. 

ALBANY, N.Y. –
Harvard men's ice hockey was picked to finish first in the Preseason ECAC Hockey Coaches' and Media Polls, the conference announced at its media day today in Albany. Junior forward Ryan Donato, sophomore defenseman Adam Fox, and senior goaltender Merrick Madsen were named preseason all-conference selections by both groups as well.

Fox emerged as a top-tier offensive defenseman, racking up six goals and 34 assists in 35 games to lead the nation in scoring among blueliners. A 2016-17 CCM/AHCA first team East All-American, Fox was also selected as the ECAC Hockey and Ivy League Rookie of the Year, and earned the Bob Monahan Award from the NEHWA as New England's top defenseman.

Donato is Harvard's top returning scorer from a season ago, notching 40 points (21 goals, 19 assists) in 36 games last season. An ECAC Hockey Second Team selection, Donato led all Harvard skaters with 29 points (14 goals, 15 assists) in ECAC Hockey play last season. He was recognized as the Ivy League Player of the Year.

Madsen started every game in net for Harvard a year ago and with 28 wins, had the most victories by a Harvard goaltender in a single season, passing Grant Blair '86, who had 24 in 1985-86. An ECAC Hockey Third Team selection, and finalist for the Mike Richter Award and Ken Dryden Goaltender of the Year Award, Madsen went 28-6-2 with a 2.11 GAA and .923 Save %.

Harvard returns 23 letterwinners from last season's team that recorded a 28-6-2 overall mark, the most wins since the 1988-89 season (31) and the fewest losses in Division I college hockey. The Crimson earned its 13th Frozen Four appearance and first since 1994. Harvard won a share of its 14th ECAC regular season title, and its tenth ECAC Hockey Tournament title and second in the last three years (2015, 2017). Harvard snapped a 24-year Beanpot drought (1993), earning its 11th Beanpot title in the storied history of the tournament.

COACHES' POLL
1. Harvard (9) - 119 pts
2. Quinnipiac (1) - 106 pts
3. Cornell (1) - 95 pts
4. Clarkson (1) - 91 pts
5. Princeton - 80 pts
6. Union - 72 pts
7. St. Lawrence - 69 pts
8. Yale - 54 pts
9. Dartmouth - 33 pts
10. Rensselaer - 32 pts
11. Colgate - 23 pts
12. Brown - 18 pts

MEDIA POLL
1. Harvard (25) – 342 pts
2. Quinnipiac (3) – 324 pts
3. Cornell (1) - 272 pts
4. Princeton – 246 pts
5. Clarkson – 231 pts
6. Union (1) – 195 pts
7. Yale – 195 pts
8. St. Lawrence – 188 pts
9. Dartmouth – 110 pts
10. Rensselaer – 82 pts
11. Brown – 76 pts
12. Colgate – 68 pts

Preseason All-League (Coaches)
G - Madsen, Harvard
D - Fox, Harvard
D - Priskie, Quinnipiac
F - Donato, Harvard
F - Snively, Yale
F - Veronneau, Princeton

Preseason All-League (Media)
G – Madsen, Harvard
D – Fox, Harvard
D – Priskie, Quinnipiac
F – Snively, Yale
F – Donato, Harvard
F – Veronneau, Princeton