Inaugural Big Ten hockey coaches poll topped by Badgers, Gophers

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It's a new era in the Big Ten with the inaugural season of conference hockey play, and the first-ever coaches poll puts the Minnesota Gophers in second place among six teams.

Wisconsin tops the poll, which just came out Thursday morning.

So, yes, it's the Big Ten, but there are only six hockey teams. Here's a primer on how that works.

Michigan finished third and Michigan State tied for fourth in the poll, along with Ohio State.

Which leaves Penn State at the bottom.

Minnesota's Kyle Rau was the only unanimous selection for the poll's "13 Players to Watch."

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