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Four WCHA teams picked for 2012 NCAA Division I tourney

16 hockey teams were selected to battle for the championship, including North Dakota, Denver, Minnesota-Duluth and Minnesota Gophers.
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16 hockey teams were selected to battle for the championship, including North Dakota, Denver, Minnesota-Duluth and Minnesota Gophers.

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