MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota is the Big Ten favorite in a preseason poll of the conference’s hockey coaches.

The Gophers also lead the league with four players on the Big Ten Watch List announced Monday.

Justin Kloos, Jake Bischoff, Leon Bristedt and Eric Schierhorn represent Minnesota on the 13-player list. Koos and Schierhorn were two of four unanimous selections by Big Ten coaches.

The Gophers are coming off their third consecutive Big Ten regular-season title. Minnesota enters this year’s schedule as preseason favorite in the Big Ten, followed by Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, Wisconsin and Michigan State.

Minnesota opens the 2016-17 season Oct. 7 against Alaska Anchorage and plays Alaska Oct. 9. Both games will be played in Anchorage. The Gophers’ regular-season home opener is against St. Cloud State on Oct. 21.

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Comments (3)
  1. David Harris says:

    Big deal! The Big Ten isn’t a particularly great hockey league anyway. The old WCHA was better competition.

  2. golfer says:

    Boy, I went to a game last year and the crowd was terrible – nobody likes this new big-ten league. this isnt football or basketball – get rid of this league and bring it back the way it was or at least re-arrange it again! all the teams are struggling because of this

  3. Fargo Gopher Alum says:

    I gave up caring about Gophers hockey the moment they joined the Big 10. They ruined a great tradition. Gopher hockey has become irrelevant.

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