Boston College leads in preseason Division I Men’s Poll; 10 teams get first-place votes

Alex Tuch and Boston College lead the rankings to start the 2015-16 season (photo: Omar Phillips).

Boston College has been the preseason No. 1 in the Division I Men’s Poll more times than any other team.

Add another year to the list. The Eagles are the top-ranked team entering the 2015-16 season after getting 19 of 50 first-place votes.

It’s the seventh time BC has been No. 1 in the 19 years of the Division I Men’s Poll. The others: 1998, 1999, 2006 (shared with Wisconsin), 2008, 2010 and 2012.

That’s the most for any program. Minnesota and North Dakota are tied for second with three preseason No. 1 rankings.

Ten teams received at least one first-place vote, the highest number in the preseason poll’s history. No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth, No. 3 Boston University, No. 4 North Dakota, No. 6 Minnesota State, No. 7 Providence, No. 8 Harvard, No. 9 Minnesota, No. 11 Miami and No. 14 UMass-Lowell joined Boston College with first-place votes.

See the full rankings here.

The Division I Men’s Poll is voted on by coaches, media and other personnel working in college hockey. The first weekly edition of the 2015-16 season will be released on Oct. 12.