Wisconsin tabbed as preseason favorite by WCHA women’s coaches

Wisconsin senior goalie Ann-Renee Desbiens is the WCHA preseason Player of the Year for the 2016-17 season (photo: David Stluka).

Defending league regular-season and back-to-back playoff champion Wisconsin is the preseason pick of conference coaches to finish atop the women’s WCHA standings in 2016-17.

The Badgers edged out defending national champion Minnesota in the poll of the eight WCHA head coaches.

Team (First-place votes)Total points
1. Wisconsin (6)48
2. Minnesota (2)44
3. North Dakota36
4. Minnesota-Duluth30
5. Bemidji State27
6. St. Cloud State16
7. Ohio State13
8. Minnesota State10

In addition, Wisconsin senior goalie Ann-Renee Desbiens was named preseason Player of the Year and three players – Minnesota’s Lindsay Agnew and Wisconsin’s Presley Norby and Abby Roque – share the honor of preseason Rookie of the Year.


  1. Pre-season rookie of the year? Pre-season player of the year? No games have been played as yet. What is this meaningless tripe meant to prove? Is it meant to make betting on women’s hockey more effective? Spur ticket sales? Enhance endorsement opportunities? Ann-Renee Desbiens chews DoubleMint, you should, too!


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