College Hockey:
NCHC media tabs Miami as team to beat in preseason poll

In the first-ever NCHC preseason poll, Miami was picked to win the conference, as announced Thursday at the NCHC Media Day in Minneapolis, Minn.

The poll was voted on by a total of 16 media members (two from each NCHC team) who regularly cover their respective teams.

The RedHawks received a total of 115 points, including seven first-place votes.


Team (First-Place Votes)
Total Points
1. Miami (7)115
2. North Dakota (5)109
3. St. Cloud State (4)99
4. Denver66
5. Western Michigan61
6. Minnesota-Duluth43
7. Colorado College42
8. Nebraska-Omaha41

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  • UAAFan

    I’m shocked Colorado College was picked that low. They were one of the better teams in the country last Feb/March.
    My picks:
    1. UND, 2. SCSU, 3. CC, 4. Miami, 5. DU, 6. Duluth, 7. WMU, 8. Omaha
    DU will have an off year without Gwozdecky. Miami & WMU…this isn’t the CCHA.

  • HuskyNation

    Despite SCSU and Miami having almost the same record last year, who ended Miami’s season? Oh yes; St Cloud.

    The Huskies have offensive weapons like Jonny Brodzinski ( who lead the country in rookie goals), Joey Benik, Kalle Kossila and Nic Dowd. Not only do they have offense, but they have great defence in Kevin Gravel, Andrew Prochno and 6-6, 220-pound rookie Ben Storm. To top it all off huskies have the rookie Charlie Lindgren who was picked by USA HOCKEY as the best goalie in the country. I know that Redhawks fans will point out that hobey baker finalist Austin Czarnik is returning, so I will point out that Nic Dowd ended the season with only one less point than Czarnik.

    By no means am I saying Redhawks are bad, but SCSU should be #1. As UAAFan pointed out, this isnt the CCHA anymore.

    UND lost about 50% of their points and goals scored because of players graduating after last season.

    1. SCSU 2. Miami. 3. UND 4. CC 5. Denver 6. WMU 7. Omaha 8. Duluth

    • UAAFan

      Dowd is a man amongst boys.

    • xTEDxTHExREDx

      You’re living too much in last year husky man. 1.UND 2.MIAMI 3. UMD 4. SCSU 5. WMU 6. CC 7. UNO 8. Denver

      • HuskyNation

        What makes you think UND will be #1? They lost half their team.

        • xTEDxTHExREDx

          Because they have consistently one of the best recruiting classes year after year. And there are underclass-men from last year who will emerge as they receive more ice team. They are a powerhouse. I’m not a und fan but I’m aware of what they bring to the table every year.

  • JakeB

    So this is why Miami opted for the NCHC (and not Hockey East).

  • GopherBulldogHockey

    Duluth will be better than you think

  • Bill J

    With SCSU, a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while. They are typically a one hit wonder and then disappears for years. There is a reason that they were last in in this league

    • HuskyNation

      What league? NCHC is a brand new conference and last season SCSU was tied for 1st in the WCHA and went to the Frozen Four.

  • SCSU

    I have to admit, UND is always a good pick to be a conference leader, but they lost too much talent. Grimaldi is impressive, but he has big shoes to fill and with that, I predict them to finish middle of the pack.

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