It has been a long wait, but the Division 1 men’s college hockey season is finally here.
Five teams in other parts of the country opened their schedules last weekend, the first New England action took place on Thursday night with Holy Cross falling, 3-2, in overtime to the nation’s newest program in Long Island University. The Crusaders are the first Atlantic Hockey team in action this season and will host the second game of the season-opening series on Sunday.
Hockey East’s season kicks off on Friday with the start of two home-and-home series. Boston College will entertain New Hampshire in its debut, while Massachusetts takes on Connecticut in a series that was scheduled on Wednesday after it was deemed that Maine was unable to host games in Alfond Arena this weekend and Vermont postponed its return to play until December.
The return of live action to New England is exciting in itself, but here are 10 reasons to keep your eyes — from a social distance, of course — on the college game this winter: