Gophers, Bulldogs and Huskies earn top 10 preseason rankings

The college hockey season begins in October.
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The State of Hockey was well represented in this year's preseason poll by USCHO.com.

Minnesota has five schools that play at the Division I level and four of them are ranked inside the top 20 to begin the season.

  • No. 3 University of Minnesota Gophers
  • No. 6 University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs
  • No. 9 State Cloud State University Huskies
  • No. 18 Minnesota State-Mankato Mavericks

The Bemidji State Beavers did not crack the top 20, but did receive votes in the poll. 

All five schools used to be a part of one conference, but in 2013, college hockey conferences had a bit of realignment.

Now the Gophers play in the Big Ten; Huskies and Bulldogs in the NCHC; Mavericks and Beavers in the WCHA.

Both the Gophers and Mavericks were picked to win their respective conferences, with Bemidji as the runner-up in the WCHA.

UMD is coming off a run to the national championship – where they fell to the Denver Pioneers – but they also lost a ton of that core and were picked to finish fourth in the NCHC preseason poll.

Meanwhile, St. Cloud State could be poised for a bounce-back season. They missed the NCAA Tournament last season for the first time in five years but return nearly every offensive contributor and goaltenders.

Of the top ten teams, St. Cloud is the only school who wasn't even ranked when the college hockey season ended in late April. They were picked to finish second in the rugged NCHC conference

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