These are the TBRW ECAC Predictions for the 2003-04 season. For the full statistical details, see: Never Apologize, Never Explain.
On their third try in as many seasons, the Big Red broke through and won their tenth ECAC championship, then went three games deep into the NCAA tournament before succumbing to UNH in the national semifinal in Buffalo. It was their first trip to the Frozen Four in 23 years.
A 30-5-1 record, the #1 NCAA seed, and two first team All-Americans testify to how far Coach Mike Schafer has brought his team. But the 2003 graduating class was the core of that revival. Losing so much, we hold our breath and submit the Predictions! for the coming season.
We repeat last year's methodology with the exception that we now count the top 12 forwards by points, top 6 defensemen by points, and all goalies as Leading Forwards, Defensemen, or Goalies. For the full statistical details, see: Never Apologize, Never Explain.
We know of the following non-senior departures, either by defection to the pros, transfer, loss of eligibility or leaving the team or school:
In all other cases, each non-senior who appeared in at least one game last season is assumed to be returning.