As part of its 50th anniversary celebration ECAC Hockey will be gradually unveiling its top 50 players of all-time. The first five names were announced today and the list included former Clarkson defenseman Brian Mueller, who was with the program from 1991-95.
The other four on the list included RPI forward Bob Brinkworth (1961-64), Cornell goalie Ken Dryden (1967-69), Harvard defenseman Mark Fusco (1980-83) and Boston College forward Joe Mullen (1975-79).
Mueller was one of the Hobey Baker Award finalists in 1995. He was a two-time All-American and a member of the 1990-99 All-Decade team. He's one of only five Clarkson defenders to score more than 100 points, as he finished his career with 39 goals and 117 assists.
The top 50 players are being chosen by a committee of 10 individuals, which includes former Clarkson coach Mark Morris.
Others have come up with formulas to figure out alternate ways to track the ECAC Hockey standings, but one good way is this index, which takes into account the premise that to win the conference title you need to win at home and pick up points in road games.
You cannot earn any points in home games, you can only lose them. A loss at home costs two points and a tie costs one. If you win a road game you earn two points and you earn one point for a road tie.
At the end of the season, the home/road index standings will mirror the final conference standings.
Here's the first edition with the addition of home/road games played so far in brackets:
Union 3 (0/2)
Cornell 2 (0/2)
RPI 2 (0/2)
Princeton 2 (0/2)
Colgate 1 (0/2)
Quinnipiac 1 (0/2)
SLU 0 (2/0)
Yale 0 (2/0)
Harvard -2 (2/0)
Clarkson -3 (2/0)
Brown -3 (2/0)
Dartmouth -3 (2/0)
The league has three teams in the national rankings this week, led by Yale, which is No. 3 in the U.S. College Hockey Online poll. Union comes in at No. 12 and Rensselaer is No. 18. Cornell, Quinnipiac, Clarkson, Dartmouth and Harvard earned votes.