Men’s and women’s national hockey polls; WCHA preseason polls; 2011-12 standings

With our new computer system, I’ve been figuring a few things out as to how to present items a bit better. So I am getting caught up on getting some information on the blog here. Here are the USCHO.com Division I hockey polls and the three preseason WCHA polls that have come out. At the end, I have included last season’s standings as points of reference.

USCHO.com Division I men’s hockey poll

Team First-place votes Record (2011-12) Points Last poll
1. Boston College 35 33-10-1 972 NR
2. Minnesota 12 28-14-1 937 NR
3. Michigan 3 24-13-4 857 NR
4. North Dakota   26-13-3 826 NR
5. Union   26-8-7 789 NR
6. Cornell   19-9-7 631 NR
7. UMass.-Lowell   24-13-1 599 NR
8. Denver   25-14-4 566 NR
9. Miami   24-15-2 553 NR
10. Western Mich.   21-14-6 516 NR
11. Ferris State   26-12-5 472 NR
12. Minnesota-Duluth   25-10-6 460 NR
13. Boston Univ.   23-15-1 413 NR
14. Notre Dame   19-18-3 395 NR
15. Maine   23-14-3 234 NR
16. Michigan State   19-16-4 219 NR
17. Harvard   13-10-11 213 NR
18. Wisconsin   17-18-2 202 NR
19. Air Force   21-11-7 116 NR
20. Colorado College   18-16-2 81 NR
         
         
         
         

Others receiving votes: New Hampshire 78, St. Cloud State 78, Quinnipiac 64, Ohio State 54, Merrimack 43, Nebraska-Omaha 31, Northern Michigan 25, Massachusetts 13, Lake Superior State 12, Northeastern 11, Providence 8, Rochester Institute of Technology 6, Yale 6, Michigan Tech 5, Rensselaer 5, Mercyhurst 2, Minnesota State-Mankato 2, Niagara 2, Colgate 1, St. Lawrence 1.

 

USCHO.com Division I women’s hockey poll

Team First-place votes Record Points Last poll
1. Minnesota 15 2-0-0 150 1
2. Cornell   0-0-0 119 3
3. Boston College   0-0-0 114 4
4. Wisconsin   1-0-1 105 2
5. North Dakota   0-0-0 98 5
6. Boston University   0-0-0 69 6
7. St. Lawrence   0-0-0 44 7
8. Minnesota-Duluth   0-0-0 37 8
9. Mercyhurst   2-0-0 34 10
10. Northeastern   0-0-0 26 9
         
         
         

Others receiving votes: Harvard 20, Clarkson 6, Quinnipiac 2, Providence 1.

 

2012-13 WCHA men’s preseason media poll

Team 1st-place votes Poll average  
Minnesota 24 11.92  
North Dakota 1 10.76  
Denver   9.92  
Wisconsin   7.8  
Minnesota-Duluth   6.88  
St. Cloud State   6.84  
Colorado College   6.08  
Nebraska-Omaha   5.48  
Michigan Tech   5.2  
MSU-Mankato   3.6  
Bemidji State   2.48  
Alaska-Anchorage   1.04  

Preseason Player of the Year (votes): Nick Bjugstad (Minnesota, F, 16),  Erik Haula (Minnesota, F, 4), Mark Zengerle (Wisconsin, F, 3).

Preseason Rookie of the Year (votes): Rocco Grimaldi (North Dakota, F, 8 1/2), Nic Kerdiles (Wisconsin, F, 5), Jordan Schmaltz (North Dakota, D, 2 1/2), Brady Skjei (Minnesota, D, 2), Andy Welinski (Minnesota-Duluth, D, 2).

Preseason All-WCHA team (votes): Forwards: Nick Bjugstad (20 votes), Mark Zengerle (Wisconsin, 17), Ben Hanowski (St. Cloud State, 8). Defensemen: Joey LaLeggia (Denver, 20) and Nick Jensen (St. Cloud State, 9). Goalie: Sam Brittain (Denver, 7 1/2 votes) and Josh Thorimbert (Colorado College, 7 1/2 votes).

Others receiving more than one vote: Forwards: Danny Kristo (North Dakota, 7), Erik Haula (Minnesota, 6), Rylan Schwartz (Colorado College, 5), Corban Knight (North Dakota, 3). Defensemen: Nate Schmidt (Minnesota, 7), Wade Bergman (Minnesota-Duluth, 3). Goalies: Juho Olkinuora (Denver, 3) and Joel Rumpel (Wisconsin, 2).

 

2012-13 WCHA Grand Forks Herald men’s coaches preseason poll

Team 1st-place votes Points  
Minnesota 11 121  
North Dakota 1 110  
Denver   91  
St. Cloud State   90  
Wisconsin   70  
Minnesota-Duluth   69  
Colorado College   56  
Nebraska-Omaha   51  
Michigan Tech   51  
MSU-Mankato   37  
Bemidji State   31  
Alaska-Anchorage   15  

Preseason Player of the Year (votes): Nick Bjugstad (Minnesota, F, 8), Mark Zengerle (Wisconsin, F, 2), Matt White (Nebraska-Omaha, F, 1), Ben Hanowski (St. Cloud State, F, 1).

Preseason Rookie of the Year (votes): Rocco Grimaldi (North Dakota, F, 7), Mike Reilly (Minnesota, D, 3), Nic Kerdiles (Wisconsin, F, 1), Andrew Welinski (Minnesota-Duluth, D, 1).

 

2012-13 WCHA women’s coaches preseason poll

Team 1st place votes Points  
Minnesota 6 48  
North Dakota 1 44  
Wisconsin 1 40  
Minnesota-Duluth   32  
Ohio State   24  
Bemidji State   19  
Minnesota State-Mankato   12  
St. Cloud State   9  

WCHA Pre-season Player of the Year (votes): Brianna Decker (Sr., F, Wisconsin, 4), Amanda Kessel (Jr., F, Minnesota, 2), Jocelyn Lamoureux (Sr., F, North Dakota, 2).

WCHA Pre-season Rookie of the Year (votes): Hannah Brandt (Fr., F, Minnesota, 8).

 

2011-12 WCHA men’s final standings

Team WCHA W-L-T Points Overall W-L-T
Minnesota 20-8-0 40 28-14-1
Minnesota-Duluth 16-7-5 37 25-10-6
Denver 16-8-4 36 25-14-4
North Dakota 16-11-1 33 26-13-3
Colorado College 15-12-1 31 18-16-2
St. Cloud State 12-12-4 28 17-17-5
Nebraska-Omaha 11-12-5 27 14-18-6
Michigan Tech 11-13-4 26 16-19-4
Bemidji State 11-14-3 25 17-18-3
Wisconsin 11-15-2 24 17-18-2
MSU-Mankato 8-18-2 18 12-24-2
Alaska-Anchorage 5-22-1 11 9-25-2

 

 2011-12 WCHA women’s final standings

Team WCHA W-L-T-SW Pts Overall W-L-T
Wisconsin 23-3-2-1 72 33-5-2
Minnesota 21-5-2-1 66 34-5-2
North Dakota 16-9-3-2 53 22-12-3
Minnesota-Duluth 15-12-1-1 47 21-14-1
Ohio State 13-14-1-1 41 16-16-4
Bemidji State 11-15-2-0 35 17-17-3
St. Cloud State 4-24-0-0 12 5-29-2
MSU-Mankato 3-24-1-0 10 7-28-1

 

 

 

 

Mick Hatten

About Mick Hatten

I cover St. Cloud State hockey and I am a general assignment reporter for the sports department at the Times. 2012-13 was my third season covering the Huskies hockey programs. My wife Kristin and I have two boys (Luke, 5, and Josh, 3) and we live in St. Cloud. I have had two stints working at the Times. I worked here from 1986-91 as a part-time sports reporter and intern. I have been back since Aug. 1999. I spent one year as the prep sports coordinator, six years as the St. Cloud State reporter (football, men's and women's basketball and everything else but hockey) and spent four years as the Citizen Times editor. The last two years, I was also the editor of the Rocori Times and Sauk Rapids-Rice Times sections, which are mailed directly to people in those two school districts. Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/MickHatten or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sctimesmick. I do online chats about college hockey during the season from 1-2 p.m. Thursdays at www.sctimes.com.
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