The 2009-2010 Holy Cross men's hockey team returns all but two players who saw ice time a season ago (13-20-5, 10-15-3 Atlantic Hockey), including all six starters and 258 of the 269 points tallied a year ago. The Crusaders also welcome seven freshmen to the program. With all of this coming back and the experience of the five seniors and seven juniors the Crusaders are looking to get back to the NCAA Tournament for the third time.
"Entering this season there is a sense that we are ready to get back to the top part of the league," said 15th-year head coach Paul Pearl. "We had a lot of positives during the second half of the season and we had a lot of young players mature during the season. We were a far different team towards the end of the season. If we can play offensively and kill penalties like we did during the second part of the season this entire year we can be a very dangerous team."
Pearl views having a really strong defense with depth that limits shots on net as a major key to a successful season. "We need to have depth at defense," said Pearl. "I think we have enough forwards that we are going to be able to score. Defensively I am expecting us to be strong. Two years ago our opponents averaged 32.8 shots against us and last year they averaged 29.8 shots, so we want to continue that trend and get down to 25 shots allowed on us. If we do that we can become a team that can really stop an opponent from scoring."