Date Posted:11/18/2004,  5:00PM

2004-05 Men's Ice Hockey Season Preview

Head Coach: Terry Meagher (21 seasons, 343-164-31, .666)

Leading Returners: Jon Landry (13-20), Adam Dann, pictured, (19-9), Bryan Ciborowski (9-15), Shannon McNevan (13-9), Greg McConnell (8-11), George Papachristopoulos (685 min, .909 sv%, 2.45 GAA), Nate Riddell (1-14)

Key Losses: Michael Stevens, Michael O'Neill, Pete Nasveschuck, Mike Healey, Andrew DeMarco

Newcomers: Will Reycraft, Sebastien Belanger, Joe Gardner, Steven Thompson, Colin Hughes, Richard Leahy, Paul DeCoster

2003 RECAP: The Polar Bears opened with an 8-2 record in their first 10 games, but then dropped a tough overtime decision to Middlebury on January 16 and went 8-6 from there. Bowdoin posted an impressive win against top-ranked Norwich in Dayton Arena on February 7, but fell in the first-round of the NESCAC Tournament to Hamilton to finish with a 16-8 record.

Adam Dann, who led the team with 19 goals, earned a first-team All-NESCAC selection, while defenseman Nate Riddell picked up a second-team nod.

2004 PREVIEW: Juniors Adam Dann and Jon Landry will lead the offensive attack along with Bryan Ciborowski and senior co-captain Shannon McNevan. Forwards Matt Roy, Adam Mackie, Andy Nelson, James Gadon, Ian Hanley, Nick Dunn and Mike Chute will all provide depth to as strong a Polar Bear attack in recent memory.

Defensively, the Polar Bears have a good combination of size and agility as hard-nosed blueliners Jesse Minneman and Ged Wieschhoff will complement Nate Riddell, who will quarterback the Polar Bear offense. Junior George Papachristopoulos, pictured, saw the most minutes in net last year for Bowdoin and will likely garner the goaltending duties. Papachristopoulos posted a 2.45 GAA in 12 games last year and was between the pipes for the victory over Norwich.

The NESCAC, as always, will provide an ample challenge to the squad, along with games at Norwich and the Salem State Tournament. Bowdoin will begin play on Friday, November 18 at New England College and will play their home-opener on Saturday, November 27 in an exhibition against the U.S. Under-18 National Team. The Polar Bears will host their arch-rival Colby in Dayton Arena on December 10.

DID YOU KNOW: Bowdoin returns its top fourteen point scorers from last year's squad. In all, the Polar Bears lose just four goals from last year's team and will boast one of the most potent offenses in the NESCAC.

COACH MEAGHER SAYS: "We really have a very balanced team this year. Balanced by class and position. We have a lot of players with NESCAC experience and we're expecting to be extremely competitive. Coach (Jamie) Dumont and myself are going into the year very excited."