Bronchos in Top 10 in ACHA Preseason Poll

UNION LAKE, Mich. – (September 11, 2019) – Minot State University, the defending Men’s Division I National Champions of the American Collegiate Hockey Association, received 19 out of 24 first-place votes to come in as this year’s pick for the top spot in the 2019-2020 ACHA Men’s Division I Preseason Ranking. Second-ranked Lindenwood University received three first place votes, while Iowa State University, the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and Adrian College, which received the other two first place votes, rounded out the Top 5, respectively.
The Central States Collegiate Hockey League (5) leads the way with all of its member teams ranked, while the Western Collegiate Hockey League has six (of 7) of its member teams ranked, the Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League has four (of 6) of its member teams ranked, and the Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League has three (of 7) of its member teams ranked.

Over the past 17 seasons, 12 different schools have won the ACHA Men’s Division I National Championship: Lindenwood (3), Central Oklahoma (2), Illinois (2), Minot State (2), Adrian, Arizona State, Davenport, Delaware, Oakland, Ohio, Penn State, and Rhode Island.
Entering its 29th season of action, there have been a total of 14 schools that have won the ACHA Men’s Division I National Championship:
*Penn State (5 times)
*Ohio (4)
*Lindenwood (3)
*Central Oklahoma (2)
*Illinois (2)
*Minot State (2)
*North Dakota State (2)
*Adrian
*Arizona State
*Davenport
*Delaware
*Iowa State
*Oakland
*Rhode Island

A total of 70 teams will compete in Men’s Division I this season, including eleven new teams: Aquinas College, Cleary University, Concordia University Ann Arbor, Grand Canyon University, Indiana Tech, Lawrence Tech, Maryville University, McKendree University, Midland University, Northern Illinois University, and Waldorf University. The sole team departing Men’s Division I is the University of Arkansas.

The computer ranking, which will not commence until after November 1, will for the seventh time determine the 20 teams that qualify for the 2020 ACHA Men’s Division I National Championships, which will include the following six autobids:

*(CHMA) College Hockey Mid-America (PLAYOFF CHAMPION)
*(ECHA) Eastern Collegiate Hockey Association (REGULAR SEASON CHAMPION)
*(ESCHL) Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League (REGULAR SEASON CHAMPION)
*(GLCHL) Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League (REGULAR SEASON CHAMPION)
*(NECHL) Northeast Collegiate Hockey League (PLAYOFF CHAMPION)
*(WCHL) Western Collegiate Hockey League (REGULAR SEASON CHAMPION)

The first ranking of the regular season will be released on Wednesday, October 2, 2019.

The 2020 ACHA Men’s Division I National Championships will be hosted March 19-24 for the second time by the Dallas Stars, Visit Frisco, and Children’s Health StarCenters at the Comerica Center, in Frisco, TX. This will be the ninth year of the 20-team format.
2019-2020 ACHA Men’s Division 1 Preseason Ranking

2019-2020 ACHA Men’s Division 1 Preseason Ranking

Rank                School Name                1st Votes            M1 Record         Pts          Previous

1              Minot State                                  19                     25-6-2             497                 1

2             Lindenwood                                  3                     31-2-0             466                  3

3             Iowa State                                                            20-12-3            462                  2

4            Michigan-Dearborn                                            22-1-2              433                  4

5            Adrian                                             2                    33-3-0              432                  5

6           Ohio                                                                       21-6-6               388                  6

7           Davenport                                                            24-9-3               381                   7

8           Liberty                                                                 25-7-4                367                  8

9          Central Oklahoma                                            22-11-4                337                  9

10         Arizona                                                              26-7-0                 322                 10

11          Illinois                                                              18-15-5                300                  11

12         Stony Brook                                                    20-10-4                274                  12

13        Nevada-Las Vegas                                          21-10-2                 263                  13

14        Missouri State                                                26-15-4                  239                 14

15        Oklahoma                                                        19-13-2                  213                 15

16        Robert Morris Illinois                                   17-17-5                  194                 16

17        Jamestown                                                      16-11-2                  182                 17

18        Syracuse                                                          21-10-2                 149                 18

19        Colorado                                                          12-17-3                 122                 19

20       Western Michigan                                        20-11-1                  110                 20

21        Alabama                                                        15-17-0                    92                  21

22       Rhode Island                                               21-14-4                     76                  22

23       Drexel                                                           28-5-2                      42                  24

24       Colorado State                                             9-14-6                     34                  23

25        Indiana Tech                                              34-3-0                     21                   NR

Others receiving votes: Kent State, Arizona State, and Robert Morris Pennsylvania.
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About American Collegiate Hockey Association The American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) is a recognized 501(c)3 organization of over 500 college and university-affiliated programs which provides structure, regulates operations, and promotes the quality of collegiate ice hockey throughout the United States. Headquartered in Troy, Michigan, the ACHA’s primary mission is to support the growth and development of college hockey programs nationwide. The ACHA identifies standards which serve to unite and regulate teams at the collegiate level and enters its 29th season in September 2019. For more information, visit achahockey.org.

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