2017-2018 Preseason Polls Released

 

CENTRAL OKLAHOMA LOOKING FOR THIRD NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IN FOUR SEASONS AS BRONCHOS RANK NO. 1 IN ACHA MEN’S DIVISION 1 PRESEASON RANKING

UNION LAKE, Mich. – (September 7, 2017) – The University of Central Oklahoma, the defending ACHA Men’s Division 1 National Champions, received 29 out of 35 first-places votes to come in as this year’s pick for the top spot in the 2017-2018 ACHA Men’s Division 1 Preseason Ranking.  Ohio University, Minot State, Adrian College and Iowa State rounded out the Top 5, respectively, with Minot State receiving four first-place votes.

 

The Central States Collegiate Hockey League leads the way with all five of its member teams ranked, while the Western Collegiate Hockey League has six (of 8) of its member teams ranked, the Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League has six (of 9) of its member teams ranked and the Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League has five (of 8) of its member teams ranked.

 

Entering its 27th season of action, there have been a total of 13 schools that have won the ACHA Men’s Division 1 National Championship:

 

  • Penn State (5 times)
  • Ohio (4)
  • Lindenwood (3)
  • Central Oklahoma (2)
  • Illinois (2)
  • North Dakota State (2)
  • Arizona State
  • Davenport
  • Delaware
  • Iowa State
  • Minot State
  • Oakland
  • Rhode Island

 

A total of 60 teams will compete in Men’s Division 1 this season, including three new teams: Calvin College, New York University and University of Nevada-Las Vegas. The two teams departing Men’s Division 1 include Binghamton University and Indiana Tech.

 

The computer ranking, which will not commence until late October, will for the fifth time determine the 20 teams that qualify for the 2018 ACHA Men’s Division 1 National Championships, which will include the following six autobids:

 

  • (CHMA) College Hockey Mid-America
  • (ECHA) Eastern Collegiate Hockey Association
  • (ESCHL) Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League
  • (GLCHL) Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League
  • (NECHL) Northeast Collegiate Hockey League
  • (WCHL) Western Collegiate Hockey League

 

The first ranking of the regular season will be released on Wednesday, September 20, 2017.

 

The 2018 ACHA Men’s Division 1 National Championships will be hosted March 8-13 for the second consecutive season by the Greater Columbus Sports Commission, Columbus Blue Jackets, and OhioHealth Chiller Ice Rinks at the OhioHealth Ice Haus, in Columbus, OH. This will be the seventh year of the 20-team format.

 

2017-2018 ACHA Men’s Division 1 Preseason Ranking
Rank School Name 1st Votes Record Pts Previous
1 Central Oklahoma 29 34-7-1 771 1
2 Ohio   27-8-2 727 2
3 Minot State 4 27-3-2 714 3
4 Adrian 33-3-0 687 4
5 Iowa State 25-15-1 629 5
6 Davenport 27-8-0 599 6
7 Michigan-Dearborn   24-8-1 558 7
8 Lindenwood 1 17-12-4 555 9
9 Stony Brook 25-11-2 542 8
10 Robert Morris Illinois 22-8-6 496 10
11 Arizona State 22-10-2 468 11
12 Colorado 1 20-17-3 427 12
13 Illinois 13-11-3 397 13
14 Oklahoma 17-9-5 340 14
15 Liberty 28-13-0 313 17
16 Midland 16-13-1 306 15
17 Jamestown 13-9-3 296 18
18 Colorado State 19-16-5 277 16
19 Delaware 26-9-0 201 19
20 Arizona 13-14-2 191 20
21 Rochester College 15-14-2 124 21
22 Kent State 20-15-1 115 22
23 Rhode Island 19-12-7 64 25
24 Western Michigan 17-16-2 47 24
25 Syracuse 25-8-4 34 NR

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