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

9 COMMENTS

  1. But North Dakota is only 35 total points ahead of Denver! The Pioneers are on the cusp of success before having even played a game. Why bother with the games anyway? Let’s just let the coaches pick the champs.

  2. But North Dakota is only 35 total points ahead of Denver! The Pioneers are on the cusp of success before having even played a game. Why bother with the games anyway? Let’s just let the coaches pick the champs.

  3. But North Dakota is only 35 total points ahead of Denver! The Pioneers are on the cusp of success before having even played a game. Why bother with the games anyway? Let’s just let the coaches pick the champs.

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