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Gophers No.1 in preseason hockey poll

The Minnesota Gophers hockey team enters it's last season in the WCHA tied with defending national champion Boston College as the No. 1 team in the country, according to the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine preseason poll released Monday.
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