NCHC media tabs North Dakota as conference favorite in 2016-17

Defending national champion North Dakota is the preseason favorite in the NCHC (photo: Rachel Lewis).

North Dakota was chosen as the favorite to capture the 2016-17 Julie and Spencer Penrose Memorial Cup as NCHC regular-season champions in the league’s preseason media poll.

UND, also the defending national champion, received 25 of the 30 first-place votes to total 235 points in the poll, while Denver was chosen second with 200 points and garnered three first-place votes. Minnesota Duluth, last year’s preseason favorite, landed third in the poll with 173 points and claimed the final two first-place votes.

School (First-place votes)Total points
1. North Dakota (25)235
2. Denver (3)200
3. Minnesota-Duluth (2)173
4. St. Cloud State155
5. Nebraska-Omaha119
6. Miami96
7. Western Michigan65
8. Colorado College37