Defending national champion Minnesota Duluth starts ’18-19 season No. 1 in Preseason D-I Men’s Poll

7 Apr 18: The University of Minnesota Duluth plays against the University of Notre Dame in a National Championship game of the the 2018 NCAA Division 1 Men's Frozen Four at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN. (Jim Rosvold/
Minnesota Duluth celebrates the 2018 national championship at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. (photo: Jim Rosvold/

With 44 first-place votes, defending national champion Minnesota Duluth is No. 1 in the Preseason D-I Men’s Poll.

No. 2 Notre Dame, No. 3 Ohio State and No. 4 Michigan all garnered two first-place votes.

Providence rounds out the top five.

St. Cloud State, Cornell, Boston University, Denver and Minnesota State are ranked sixth through tenth, respectively.

Schools 11-20 are, in order, North Dakota, Boston College, Minnesota, Princeton, Northeastern, Penn State, Clarkson, Michigan Tech, Western Michigan and Northern Michigan.