The USCHA.com preseason poll was announced today, and the Gophers came in at No. 4.
WCHA rival and defending NCAA Champion Wisconsin earned all 14 of the first place votes. Four of the top 10 teams in the poll are from the WCHA, with Wisconsin at No. 1, Minnesota at No. 4, Minnesota-Duluth at No. 6 and North Dakota at No. 7. See the full poll at USCHO.com.
In the 14-year history of the USCHO.com women's hockey poll, the Gophers have begun the season among the top 10 in each year. In the preseason poll, Minnesota has been ranked in the top four in 11 of 14 seasons, and has never been listed lower than No. 7 in the preseason poll.
The preseason poll for USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine has not been released yet.