Hockey, in the form of regular-season college men’s games, is less than three weeks away.
The first major poll was released Monday by USA Today-USA Hockey Magazine with Boston College and Minnesota tied for No. 1, and Minnesota Duluth at No. 12. The complete poll is here.
And the WCHA prognostication season is two days away with the release of the 2012-13 league media pre-season poll.
Media types are Tweeting away on how they see the final season of the WCHA as we now it — Twelve good teams in an excellent league
My final season in the world of newspaper puckdom looks a little like this:
1. Minnesota, 2. North Dakota, 3. Colorado College, 4. Denver, 5. Minnesota Duluth, 6. Wisconsin, 7. Michigan Tech, 8. Nebraska-Omaha, 9. Minnesota State Mankato, 10. Bemidji State, 11. St. Cloud State, 12. Alaska Anchorage.
F — Mark Zengerle, Wisconsin; Nick Bjugstad, Minnesota; Rylan Schwartz, Colorado College.
D — Joey LaLeggia, Denver; Wade Bergman, Minnesota Duluth
G — Josh Thorimbert, Colorado College
Player of year — Nick Bjugstad, Minnesota
Rookie of year — Andy Welinski, Minnesota Duluth
And from other pundits:
Bruce Ciskie, of Duluth’s Red Rock Radio right here.
Former Colorado College beat writer Joe Paisley of Paisley Hockey here.
Insider Chris Dilks of Western College Hockey here.