Colorado College hockey picked sixth in NCHC preseason poll

cc nchc preseason pollThe NCHC preseason poll was announced earlier today. I combined the Twitter announcements with some basic info provided by the league, adding a bit more to CC and Denver, for the entry below.

No. 1 Minnesota Duluth (209, 20 first-place votes)

The defending NCAA champions garnered 20 out of a possible 27 first-place votes. The Bulldogs (25-16-3, 13-11 NCHC) bring back 18 players from last year’s NCHC third-place team that barely qualified for the NCAAs before making a memorable run.

No. 2 St. Cloud State (182, six)

The Huskies captured their second Penrose Cup last season as league regular-season champions (16-4-4-1, 25-9-6 overall. New coach Brett Larson welcomes back 21 lettermen.

No. 3 North Dakota (150)

The Fightin’ Hawks (17-13-10, 8-10-6-3) will look to improve on last year’s fourth-place finish behind 19 returning lettermen and eight NHL draft picks dotting the roster.

No. 4 Western Michigan (121)

The Broncos return 17 lettermen from a team that tied for fifth (10-13-1 NCHC) with CC and Omaha.

No. 5 Denver (115, 1)

It’s been an offseason of change with numerous players and coaches moving on. Several NHL Draft picks in the freshmen class and some continuity with the promotion of former assistant David Carle give the Pioneers (23-10-8, 12-6-6-4, second in NCHC) hopes of reloading instead of rebuilding behind 15 returning lettermen.

No. 6 Colorado College (98)

The Tigers tied for fifth last season with a 8-12-4-3 league record (15-17-5 overall). It was the program’s best finish in NCHC play. The team, which fielded no seniors last season, return 24 lettermen, including the top 6 forwards (points) defensemen (minutes) and goalie (percentage played).

No. 7 Omaha (61)

The Mavericks tied for fifth place last year with a 10-13 league mark (17-17-2 overall). Eighteen lettermen return. The program added a new assistant in Paul Jerrard.

No. 8 Miami (36)

The RedHawks (12-20-5) finished in last place last season with a 6-14-4-2 record and return 13 lettermen from that team. Miami added two new assistant coaches this offseason.

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