Sept. 24, 2012
MINNEAPOLIS – The University of Minnesota men’s hockey program and defending national champion Boston College enter the 2012-13 season tied for first in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine preseason national rankings, according to a release on Monday from USA Hockey.
Minnesota and Boston College each received 476 total votes with the Gophers earning 12 first-place votes to the Eagles’ 20. Michigan received the final two first-place votes in third place overall with 408 total votes.
One of five Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) teams ranked in the 18th annual preseason poll, Minnesota returns six of its top seven scorers and all six regular defenseman from last season’s MacNaughton Cup championship squad. The Gophers led the nation in scoring in 2011-12 in route to the program’s 20th Frozen Four appearance.
The Gophers kick off the 2012-13 season – the program’s last in the WCHA before joining the Big Ten Conference next year – on Saturday, Oct. 6 with an exhibition game against Lethbridge. Minnesota opens the regular season with a two-game home series against Michigan State on Oct. 12-13.
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