UMD and yoga; Ciskie on UMD; CCHA preseason polls; Ohio State preview

Minnesota Duluth officially opens practice Saturday. The Bulldogs are already on the ice, and with coaches two hours a week. The UMD men and women also have one day a week with yoga, taught by fitness instructor Trista Anderson, wife of former UMD foward Colin Anderson (he’s now a Duluth CPA).

Bruce Ciskie takes a look at what lies ahead for UMD in 2012-13 in a post here.

If you’re looking for a scouting report on UMD’s first opponent, Ohio State on Oct. 12-13 at Amsoil Arena, the Ohio State Lantern student-run newspaper has that right here.

UMD faces two CCHA teams to start the season, going to Notre Dame on the second weekend of the year (actually Thursday-Friday, Oct. 18-19). Two Notre Dame forwards are on the all-CCHA preseason team, T.J. Tynan and Anders Lee. The team is here.

In the CCHA preseason polls Notre Dame is No. 1 in the coaches poll, and Ohio State No. 6 among 11 teams. In the media poll, Michigan is No. 1, Notre Dame No. 3 and Ohio State No. 7. The polls are here.

Western Michigan beat writer David Drew of the Kalamazoo Gazette looks at the final season of the CCHA right here.

In a plethora of college hockey news and information as the season nears (exhibition games open 2012-13 this weekend): from College Hockey News a Things to Watch
For story here and preseason All-American picks here.

From U.S. College Hockey Online: the top 10 forwards in Division I here and a projected finish in the women’s WCHA, with UMD No. 4 (and opening at home this weekend against Ohio State) in a story here.

College Hockey Inc. has a number of story lines for Division I men here and here.

Also Wisconsin has a new home practice facility, LaBahn Arena, and Andy Baggot of the Wisconsin State Journal has an update here and an update on Merrimack to be adding women’s hockey, and joining Hockey East, from Mike McMahon of the Eagle Tribune of North Andover, Mass.,  here.