UND picked third in preseason NCHC poll
GRAND FORKS — The University of North Dakota men’s hockey team may have lost 10 players to early signings in the last three summers, including stars Tyson Jost, Brock Boeser and Tucker Poolman this spring, but media members expect the Fighting Hawks to end up in a familiar spot.
UND was picked to finish third by those who cover the National Collegiate Hockey Conference in the annual preseason media poll.
UND has finished in the top half of its league standings for 15 consecutive seasons — the longest active stretch of any college hockey team.
Defending national champion Denver was the unanimous pick to win its second-straight Penrose Cup. All 30 voters picked the Pioneers to finish atop the standings.
Denver returns all three of its star forwards — Henrik Borgstrom, Troy Terry and Dylan Gambrell — along with Mike Richter Award winner Tanner Jaillet in goal.
St. Cloud State, which returns its top 12 scorers from last year’s team and its top goaltender, was picked to finish second.
UND, which finished fourth a year ago, was picked to move up one spot this season.
Defending NCAA runner-up Minnesota Duluth landed directly behind UND in the poll at fifth, followed by Miami, Western Michigan, Omaha and Colorado College.