UMass-Lowell, a popular pick to win Hockey East, was the preseason No.1 in the USA Today/ USA Hockey Magazine national poll announced on Monday.
Three National Collegiate Hockey Conference teams were ranked: No. 2 Miami, the preseason favorite to win the Spencer & Julie Penrose Cup, No. 6 North Dakota and No. 9 St. Cloud State.
Denver and Western Michigan received some votes, making it likely they will be ranked in the U.S. College Hockey Online preseason poll, which includes 20 teams. USA Hockey ranks the top 15.
Colorado College did not receive any votes in Monday’s rankings.