For the third season in a row, Hockey East has fallen behind the NCHC and Big Ten when it comes to inter-conference records.
The 2013-14 season was the last time Hockey East had the best inter-conference record in college hockey. While league teams such as Providence, UMass Lowell, Northeastern and UMass have enjoyed unprecedented success during parts or all of that stretch, the league as a whole has suffered.
It doesn’t help that the four original powers in the league, Boston College, Boston University, Maine and New Hampshire, have slipped. But the league falling on hard times, both on and off the ice, extends far beyond the four schools that dominated Hockey East for much of the league’s first two decades.
If a Hockey East school fails to win the national championship in April, it will be the longest drought for the league since going from 2001 to 2008.