Defenseman Jon Merrill
Oct. 3, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The Central Collegiate Hockey Association released its preseason media and coaches poll today (Wednesday, Oct. 3), with the University of Michigan ice hockey team landing No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.
The Wolverines picked up 50 of a possible 87 first-place votes in the media poll to secure the top spot. Western Michigan came in second with 25 first-place votes, while Notre Dame received third with nine first-place nominations.
Michigan came in second in the coaches' poll. The Irish garnered seven of the 11 first-place votes, while U-M was picked to win the league by two head coaches. Western Michigan rounded out the top three.
A total of 87 media members ranked the 11 CCHA teams in projected order of finish for the regular season. Points were awarded on an 11-10-9-8, etc., basis. League coaches ranked the CCHA teams, excluding their own school, in the order they predicted the regular season will end.
First-place votes in parentheses
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