“We’re hungry for another national championship, and we expect to win one,” said sophomore forward Danny Linell. “We’re ready to go.”
Nothing is guaranteed, of course, and the players are more than well aware of that. The team won a national championship in 2008, only to miss the NCAA playoffs completely in 2009. After winning it all in 2010, they were shocked by Colorado College in the first round of the playoffs in 2011.
“There’s definitely a pattern there,” said assistant captain Steven Whitney. “I don’t think it has anything to do with a championship hangover or anything like that. Each year is different and we have just as a good a chance as any other year this year if we do the right things and play the right way to win a national championship.”
Inside this edition of The Observer is a breakdown of what will bring BC success this season. There are previews on the forwards, defensemen and goalies, as well as on the Hockey East. There is also a feature on Whitney, who figures to be a key player in the team’s success this year.