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Adrian College Looks to Defend Title as Bulldogs Rank #1 in Men's D-I Preseason Ranking

Date:  Source: ACHA

UNION LAKE, Mich. – (September 12, 2018) – Adrian College, the defending Men's Division I National Champions of the American Collegiate Hockey Association, received 24 out of 25 first-place votes to come in as this year’s pick for the top spot in the 2018-2019 ACHA Men's Division I Preseason Ranking.  Second-ranked  Minot State University received the other first place vote, while the University of Illinois, Lindenwood University, and Ohio University rounded out the Top 5, respectively.

 

The Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League (6) and the Central States Collegiate Hockey League (5) lead the way with all of its member teams ranked, while the Western Collegiate Hockey League has six (of 8) of its member teams ranked, and the Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League has three (of 8) of its member teams ranked.

 

Over the past 16 seasons, 12 different schools have won the ACHA Men's Division I National Championship: Lindenwood (3), Central Oklahoma (2), Illinois (2), Adrian, Arizona State, Davenport, Delaware, Minot State, Oakland, Ohio, Penn State, and Rhode Island.

 

Entering its 28th 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)
  • North Dakota State (2)
  • Adrian
  • Arizona State
  • Davenport
  • Delaware
  • Iowa State
  • Minot State
  • Oakland
  • Rhode Island

 

A total of 60 teams will compete in Men’s Division I this season, including two new teams: the University of Toledo and William Paterson University. The two teams departing Men’s Division I include Midland University and Saint Bonaventure University.

 

The computer ranking, which will not commence until after November 1, will for the sixth time determine the 20 teams that qualify for the 2019 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 3, 2018.

 

The 2019 ACHA Men's Division I National Championships will be hosted March 21-26 for the first time by the Dallas Sports Commission, Dallas Stars, and Dr Pepper StarCenters at the Dr Pepper Arena, in Frisco, TX. This will be the eighth year of the 20-team format.

 

2018-2019 ACHA Men's Division 1 Preseason Ranking

Rank

School Name

1st Votes

Record

Pts

Previous

1

Adrian

24

33-1-0

525

1

2

Minot State

1

30-3-1

489

3

3

Illinois

 

20-10-2

479

2

4

Lindenwood

 

27-5-4

466

4

5

Ohio

 

27-9-3

450

5

6

Robert Morris Illinois

 

19-14-1

409

6

7

Central Oklahoma

 

28-6-4

407

7

8

Colorado

 

24-9-1

373

8

9

Liberty

 

30-6-1

337

10

10

Michigan-Dearborn

 

19-6-2

334

9

11

Iowa State

 

18-16-3

316

11

12

Nevada-Las Vegas

 

21-9-1

295

13

13

Jamestown

 

17-14-1

293

12

14

Davenport

 

20-11-3

249

14

15

Stony Brook

 

23-9-4

238

15

16

Arizona

 

19-11-3

204

16

17

Missouri State

 

16-13-3

185

17

18

Kent State

 

25-10-1

150

19

19

Oklahoma

 

15-17-2

133

20

20

Rhode Island

 

23-12-2

116

21

21

New York

 

16-10-2

93

22

22

Alabama

 

20-9-1

92

23

23

Delaware

 

21-17-2

60

24

24

Arizona State

 

11-24-0

35

25

25

Syracuse

 

16-14-2

16

NR

 

 

Others receiving votes: Pittsburgh, Arkansas, Buffalo, Colorado State, Robert Morris Pennsylvania, and William Paterson.

 

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