They are the masters of the marathon, the sultans of spring.
With six appearances in the NCAA title game since 1998 and three championships, the Boston College Eagles will attempt to make history in the modern era by running the table to a third crown in four seasons.
Michigan won three in a row and five in six years in the 1950s, the first decade of Division I play.
Picked by the puck pundits as No. 1 in the preseason polls, coach Jerry York returns 17 lettermen, including three seniors and a young but proven defense. Netminder John Muse
-- 8-0 in the NCAA Tournament -- is one of those three; he enjoys the target all of his teammates will wear.
"I like the bull's-eye on the back as the No. 1 team in the country," Muse told NHL.com at the Hockey East media luncheon last week at TD Garden. "The good thing is we get to play at that level every night."
"The biggest concern is complacency," said York, who along with Boston University legend Jack Parker will be among the Lester Patrick
Award recipients later this month. "We see it all the time at the college level after winning a national title. But I took the three seniors -- John Muse
, Brian Gibbons
and Joe Whitney
-- aside over the summer, and I could see in their eyes and hear in their voices that that was not going to be a problem this year. 'We want to go out with three titles in four years,' they said."