Falcons picked second, McKenzie honored in Atlantic Hockey media preseason rankings

Published: September 30, 2013, 3:57 pm, by Joe Paisley

mckenzie-gazetteAir Force senior defenseman Adam McKenzie was named as a first-team preseason all-star and the Falcons were picked to finish in a tie for second with Mercyhurst in the inaugural Atlantic Hockey Media Association preseason poll and team.

Niagara is expected to repeat as regular season champions, while last year’s postseason tournament winner Canisius was picked to finish fourth.

2013-14 Atlantic Hockey Association

Preseason media poll

1. Niagara (7) 159

T2. Mercyhurst (4) 149

T2. Air Force (1) 149

4. Canisius (2) 130

5. UConn (1) 113

6. RIT 110

T7. Holy Cross 88

T7. Robert Morris 88

9. Bentley 86

10. Army 43

11. AIC 36

12 Sacred Heart 19

Preseason All-Stars

Forwards

Brett Gensler (Senior, Bentley)

Kyle Gibbons (Senior, Canisius)

Ryan Murphy (Senior, Niagara)

Defense

Adam McKenzie (Senior, Air Force)

Nick Jones (Senior, Mercyhurst)

Goal

Tony Capobianco (Senior, Canisius)

The Atlantic Hockey Media Association is comprised of 15 print, online, and radio/television media covering the league, which includes Joe Paisley of the Colorado Springs Gazette.

Here is the coaches preseason poll for comparison:

Atlantic Hockey Association

2013-14 Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Niagara (3)            102
2 (tie). Mercyhurst (4), Air Force (2)            98
4. Canisius (3)            92
5. RIT            81
6. Connecticut            79
7. Robert Morris            66
8. Holy Cross            59
9. Bentley             53
10. Army            28
11. American International            22
12. Sacred Heart            16