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 State||155|
|7. Western Michigan||65|
|8. Colorado College||37|