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Miami Picked to Win NCHC Inaugural Season

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (WKRC) -- In the Inaugural National Collegiate Hockey Conference preseason poll, Miami University was picked to win the conference, as announced today at the NCHC Media Day at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn. The poll was voted on by a total of 16 media members who regularly cover NCHC teams, two from each institutions market.

Miami received a total of 115 points, including a league-best seven first-place votes. The RedHawks posted a 25-12-5 record last season and reached the NCAA Midwest Regional final. Miami returns 17 lettermen from last seasons team. North Dakota was second in the poll with 109 points and five first-place votes. UND was 22 13-7 overall last season, reaching the NCAA West Regional final. UND returns 18 lettermen from last seasons squad. St. Cloud State, after reaching the NCAA Frozen Four for the first time in school history last season, was third in the poll with 99 points and four first-place votes. The Huskies return 22 lettermen from last seasons team the finished 25-16-1 overall.

Denver was fourth in the preseason poll (66 points), followed by Western Michigan (61), Minnesota Duluth (43), Colorado College (42) and Nebraska Omaha (41).

Place   Team (1st-place votes)  Points

1.      Miami (7)               115
2.      North Dakota (5)        109
3.      St. Cloud State (4)      99
4.      Denver                   66
5.      Western Michigan         61
6.      Minnesota Duluth         43
7.      Colorado College         42
8.      Nebraska Omaha           41

The NCHC, which includes member institutions Colorado College, Denver, Miami, Minnesota Duluth, Nebraska Omaha, North Dakota, St. Cloud State and Western Michigan, begins its inaugural season on October 18, 2013, with a double-header featuring North Dakota at Miami and Colorado College hosting Minnesota Duluth. Games times are to be announced.

Information provided by NCHC Staff

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Courtesy: Scott Galvin
 

 

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