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March 17, 2009
1993 MAINE BLACK BEARS NAMED HOCKEY EAST'S TOP TEAM IN 25 SEASONS

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Maine's 1993 Squad was named Hockey East's Top Team
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WAKEFIELD, Mass. - The Hockey East Association is pleased to announce that the 1992-93 Maine Black Bears have been named Hockey East’s Top Team, as the league continues its 25th Anniversary celebration. These moments were chosen in a vote comprised of Hockey East fans and members of the league’s 25th Anniversary Committee.

The ‘93 Maine Black Bears, led by head coach Shawn Walsh, owned a remarkable 42-1-2 record and captured the National Championship during the 1992-93 season. The memorable 5-4 come-from-behind win against Lake Superior State in the national title game was Maine’s first-ever NCAA title and also marked the first time a Hockey East school captured the national crown. Maine’s league record that season was 22-1-1 as they took home the Hockey East regular season title and also won the Hockey East Tournament with a 5-2 victory against Boston University in the league’s 1993 title game at Boston Garden. Maine’s Paul Kariya was the ‘93 Hockey East Player of the Year and went on to win the Hobey Baker Award that same season.

“This team had all the components. They scored often and with style. They had two goalies who later excelled in the National Hockey League. They had as many superstars as the rest of the league. And, of course, there was Shawn,” said Hockey East commissioner Joe Bertagna. “Adding to their legacy was the way they won the national title. Their accomplishments will always be unique.”

Finishing in second place in the voting was the 1995 Boston University Terriers led by Head Coach Jack Parker. The Terriers posted a 31-6-3 record that year and earned the second NCAA title in conference history with a 6-2 win against conference rival Maine in the national title game. Boston University’s Mike Grier scored 21 Hockey East goals to help propel the Terriers to the top of the league standings with a record of 16-5-3. BU also beat Providence that year, 3-2, for the Hockey East Tournament title at the Boston Garden.

Rounding out the Top 3 was Jerry York’s 2001 Boston College Eagles squad, which also finished the year as the National Champions. Hockey East Player of the Year Brian Gionta and his 25 goals in conference contests led the Eagles to a conference-best mark of 17-5-2. BC would also win the Hockey East Tournament title that year with a 5-2 win against Providence. The Eagles’ first national title since 1949 was earned with a 3-2 overtime win against North Dakota in Albany, N.Y.

Hockey East’s Best Team was chosen by a fan vote through the league’s official website – HockeyEastOnline.com - and votes from Hockey East’s 25th Anniversary Committee, which includes representatives from each Hockey East school.

Throughout the season, fans have cast their ballots for Hockey East’s All-Time Team, Top 25 Forwards, and Top 25 Defenders. The results of the Top 25 Forwards and Top 25 Defenders polls were released last weekend and many of the honorees are expected to attend this weekend’s 25th celebration.

Hockey East Championship Tournament at TD Banknorth Garden in Boston.The league has already announced the results of nine previous polls conducted during the 25th anniversary celebration, including: Top Goalie (Chris Terreri - PC), Best Goal Scorer (Brian Gionta - BC), Best Playmaker (Paul Kariya - Maine), Best Defensive Defenseman (Brian Leetch - BC), Best Defensive Forward (Chris Drury - BU), the Naukabout Unsung Player (Scott Clemmensen – BC), Top-3 Most Memorable Moments and the SwingJuice Top-3 Best Individual Performances.

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