Optimism High As UMaine Hockey Hosts Media Day 

The UMaine hockey players put their uniforms on for the first time this season today for the annual media day and team photo shoot. Everybody happy at the Alfond. Prescott Rossi reports from Orono.It’s a day to show off your good side as the UMaine hockey team holds media day here at Alfond Arena in Orono. Recently the Black Bears were picked fourth in the Hockey East preseason coaches poll. There is a lot of optimism with this team as they try to reach the NCAA tournament for the first time in five years.Tim Whitehead – UMaine Head Coach”I feel really good about this team, it’s a very tight group. We got the freshmen in her early in august so that helps. They are a little more comfortable than the previous classes were.”Joey Diamond – UMaine Junior”I feel like this year of the three years I’ve been here, I feel like this is the year where we are most prepared throughout the whole team from the freshmen all the way up to the seniors.”Fans can see the Black Bears this Sunday when they start the season with an exhibition against New Brunswick. U-Maine kicks off the regular season next Friday when they host Merrimack.