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The All-Hockey East Teams are composed of players at all positions from teams that are members of Hockey East, a NCAA Division Ihockey-only conference. Each year, from 1984–85 onward, at the conclusion of the Hockey East regular season the head coaches of each member team vote for players to be placed on each all-conference team. The First, Second and Rookie Teams have been named in each ECAC Hockey season except for 1985–86 when no Rookie Team was named.
The all-conference teams are composed of one goaltender, two defensemen and three forwards. If a tie occurred for the final selection at any position, both players were included as part of the greater all-conference team; if a tie resulted in an increase in the number of superior all-stars, the inferior team would not be reduced in number (as happened in 1985–86 and 2009–10). Players may only appear once per year on any of the first or second teams but freshman may appear on both the rookie team and one of the other all-conference teams. While many freshman have wound up on the Second Team, only three have managed to make the First Team (Brian Leetch, Paul Kariya and Jon Gillies). Rob Gaudreau is thus far the only player to appear on the All-Star teams in more than one position (forward and defense).
From 1994–95 thru 1995–97 no distinction was made between a first or second team, all players are listed as part of an All-Star team. The Rookie Team was known as the 'Freshman Team' until the 1989–90 season.