Atlantic Hockey media poll shows RIT the team to beat in 2016-17 season

RIT players and fans celebrate a first period goal by Brady Norrish (10 - RIT) (Omar Phillips)
RIT players and fans celebrate a Brady Norrish goal during the 2015-16 season (photo: Omar Phillips).

In a poll of 19 media members covering Atlantic Hockey, RIT earned 12 first-place votes to finish atop the media poll on the eve of the 2016-17 season.

Air Force (four), Holy Cross (two) and Mercyhurst (one) also garnered first-place votes.

School (First-place votes)Total points
1. RIT (12)198
2. Air Force (4)188
3. Holy Cross (2)149
4. Mercyhurst (1)142
5. Robert Morris137
6. Army West Point132
7. Bentley86
8. Sacred Heart79
9. Canisius75
10. Niagara40
11. American International28

In addition, two preseason All-Star Teams were announced.

AHC Preseason First All-Star Team

Player's NamePositionClassSchool
Max FrenchFSr.Bentley
Justin DanforthFSr.Sacred Heart
Derek BarachFSo.Mercyhurst
Chase NorrishDJr.RIT
Lester LancasterDSo.Mercyhurst
Shane StarrettGSo.Air Force

AHC Preseason Second All-Star Team

Player's NamePositionClassSchool
Conor AndrleFJr.Army West Point
Myles PowellFJr.RIT
Kyle SchmidtFJr.Bentley
Brady NorrishDJr.RIT
Johnny HrabovskyDSr.Air Force
Parker GahagenGSr.Army West Point