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Boston College and Minnesota top college hockey preseason poll

Sep 24, 2012, 11:30 PM EDT

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USA Today and USA Hockey Magazine released their preseason poll for the start of the NCAA hockey season and the names at the top look really familiar.

Defending national champion Boston College will start the year at the top of the polls with the University of Minnesota tied at No. 1.

Jerry York’s Eagles dominated through the tournament last year and return this season with many of the players that helped them take it all. Meanwhile, the team BC beat in the national semifinals, Don Lucia’s Golden Gophers, begin the season with huge expectations after making their way back to the NCAA tournament last year.

You can catch college hockey action on NBCSN this year featuring many of the teams in the USA Today Top 15 including North Dakota, Union College, Cornell, Denver, Notre Dame, and BC’s rivals from Boston University.

Here’s how the poll sits with the season ready to kick off in October:

Rank
School

2011-12
Final Ranking

2011-12 Record Weeks in Top 15
1 Boston College, 476 (20)
1
33-10-1
1
1 University of Minnesota, 476 (12)
4
28-14-1
1
3 University of Michigan, 408 (2)
7
24-13-4
1
4 University of North Dakota, 407
6
26-13-3
1
5 Union College, 295
3
26-8-7
1
6 Cornell University, 233
13
19-9-7
1
7 UMass-Lowell, 221
9
24-13-1
1
8 University of Denver, 220
8
25-14-4
1
9 Miami University, 203
10
24-15-2
1
10 University of Notre Dame, 186
NR
19-18-3
1
11 Western Michigan University, 182
14
21-14-6
1
12 University of Minnesota Duluth, 176
5
25-10-6
1
13 Boston University, 158
11
23-15-1
1
14 Ferris State University, 123
2
26-12-5
1
15 University of Wisconsin, 99
NR
17-18-2
1

Others receiving votes: Harvard University, 58; University of Maine, 24; Quinnipiac University, 24; Michigan State University, 19; Colorado College, 19; University of New Hampshire, 17; Ohio State University, 17; St. Cloud (Minn.) State University, 15; Merrimack College, 7; Providence College, 6; Yale University, 6; United States Air Force Academy, 3; Northern Michigan University, 1; Michigan Tech University, 1.

  1. greatminnesotasportsmind - Sep 25, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    Looking at this poll, it’s really too bad the WCHA is basically dissolving after this season. While it’s great the Big 10 will have a hockey conference, but when half of the teams in the conference field a hockey team, it’s pretty upsetting. One of those teams is basically in NHL terms is an expansion team (Penn State), which I’m already beginning to wonder if they can, since they have this little financial problem to deal with. Until at least 2 more schools (Nebraska, Northwestern, Illinois, Indiana, Purdue, and Iowa) field a team, it shouldn’t even be a hockey conference. It’s cool 2 of the top 3 are in that conference and 3 of the top 15, in any other sport woud be great. But not hockey.

    I would much rather have Minnesota play #4 North Dakota, #8 Denver, #12 Minnesota-Duluth, and #15 Wisconsin 4 times a season each. Plus keep the in-state rivalries with Minnesota-Duluth, St. Cloud State, Bemidji State, and Minnesota State-Mankato.

    • hockeyflow33 - Sep 25, 2012 at 1:58 AM

      Penn State hockey has absolutely no issue with funding. The owner of the Sabres has already given $102 million specifically for the men and womens team and arena.

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Sep 25, 2012 at 8:40 AM

        It’s eventually going to catch up to them. They are part of the PSU Athletic Dept

      • hockeyflow33 - Sep 25, 2012 at 6:07 PM

        Well the arena is paid for, seats something like 6k+ people and can be used for concerts and other events. Based on how that school follows their other sports, hockey should be a revenue generator for them.

        Considering all the initial costs have already been funded I imagine this is a fiscal plus for them.

    • buckeye044 - Sep 25, 2012 at 10:19 AM

      I suspect 2 of these 3 – Indiana Illinois and Iowa – will at some point add hockey.

      As for rivalry’s, I hope the Buckeyes continue a home and home with Miami.

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