Minnesota Duluth voted as NCHC favorites in 2018-19 preseason media poll

 (2018 Melissa Wade)
Minnesota Duluth celebrates on the ice in St. Paul, Minn., after winning the 2018 national championship (photo: Melissa Wade).

Coming off a national championship last season, Minnesota Duluth has been voted by the media as the favorite to capture the 2018-19 Penrose Cup, awarded to the NCHC regular-season champions, as the NCHC preseason poll was unveiled Monday.

The Bulldogs received 20 of a possible 27 first-place votes and totaled 209 voting points.

A total of 27 ballots were submitted by local media members from each school, as well as select national media.

2018-19 NCHC Media Preseason Poll

School (First-place votes)Voting points
1. Minnesota Duluth (20)209
2. St. Cloud State (6)182
3. North Dakota150
4. Western Michigan121
5. Denver (1)115
6. Colorado College98
7. Omaha61
8. Miami36