Miami Picked to Win Inaugural NCHC
Conference Teams Ready for First Season
CHN Staff Report
MINNEAPOLIS After almost two years of buildup, the NCHC met for Media Day on Thursday as it gets ready to play its inaugural season. The teams and media met at the Target Center in Minneapolis, which will host the conference's first postseason tournament in March.
The NCHC was create amid a seismic shift in college hockey, where almost half the membership will change conferences starting this season.
Miami, which comes from the now-defunct CCHA — and was picked No. 2 in the country in CHN's preseason selections — was picked to win the conference. The poll was voted on by a total of 16 media members who regularly cover NCHC teams, two from each institution’s market. The RedHawks posted a 25-12-5 record last season and reached the NCAA Midwest Regional final. Miami returns 17 lettermen from last season’s team.
North Dakota was second in the poll with 109 points and five first-place votes. UND was 22 13-7 overall last season, reaching the NCAA West Regional final. UND returns 18 lettermen from last season’s squad. St. Cloud State, after reaching the NCAA Frozen Four for the first time in school history last season, was third
Denver, which notably starts the season with a new head coach, Jim Montgomery, was picked fourth.
NCHC Preseason Poll
2. North Dakota
3. St. Cloud State
5. Western Michigan
7. Colorado College