Hockey / MINOT STATE LOOKS TO DEFEND TITLE AS BEAVERS RANK NO. 1 IN ACHA MEN’S DIVISION 1 PRESEASON RANKING

MINOT STATE LOOKS TO DEFEND TITLE AS BEAVERS RANK NO. 1 IN ACHA MEN’S DIVISION 1 PRESEASON RANKING

Date:  Source: ACHA

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.