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September 30, 2009 4:57 AM

Catching up: Decompression Addition.

I have been out of the pocket hunting ducks and haven't had a computer since midday on Friday. Finally I am getting back up to speed on everything that has happened in the college hockey world. The preseason WCHA coaches poll and the Media Polls are finally out.
The Grand Forks Herald Coaches poll has been released.
1. Denver (8) 80
2. UND (2) 70
3. Wisconsin 61
4. Minnesota 58
5. St. Cloud State 55
6. Minnesota-Duluth 37
7. MSU-Mankato 34
8. Colorado College 26
9. Alaska-Anchorage 20
10. Michigan Tech 9

Madison.com Media Poll has also been released.
1. Denver (23) 248
2. North Dakota (1) 205
3. Wisconsin 190
4. Minnesota (1) 186
5. St. Cloud State 152
6. Minnesota Duluth 118
7. Colorado College 101
8. Minnesota State-Mankato 88
9. Alaska Anchorage 57
10. Michigan Tech 30

I posted my WCHA preseason poll at the Illegal Curve.
1.) Denver
2.) Wisconsin
3.) UND
4.) Minnesota
5.) UMD
6.) SCSU
7.) C.C.
8.) MSU-M
9.) UAA
10.) MTU

It's official that UND and BSU will open the new Bemidji Regional Event Center next October 15-16. It's a nice honor for the Fighting Sioux to be able to help open the new arena. [Bemidji Pioneer]

Brandon from Sioux Yeah Yeah got the DU fans all upset with a recent blog post about DU hockey Coach George Gwozdecky. [Lets Go DU Hockey Blog] Now, I have to admit that I was less than impressed with Alanna Rizzo's  comments she made about UND fans during last January's series between the Pioneers and the Sioux. I also read some where that FSN RM won't be airing the DU and UND games when the Pioneers come to the REA. Before someone makes a ridiculous conclusion that it was because of the perceived treatment that poor Alanna Rizzo received from the mean Fighting Sioux fans while visiting UND, think again. UND hockey will now be on FCS so there would be no need for the FSN RM crew to come to UND, FSN RM would just pick up the broadcast from UND's announcing crew and save a bunch of money. Personally, I think the DU and UND rivalry is heating up.

The USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Preseason poll is up.
1.) Miami (Ohio)
2.) Denver
3.) Boston University
4.) Michigan
5.) Notre Dame
6.) Minnesota
7.) Cornel
8.) North Dakota
9.) Princeton
10.) Massachusetts Lowell
11.) Yale University
12.) Boston College
13.) St. Cloud State
14.) Wisconsin
15.) Vermont
Others receiving votes: New Hampshire, 71; Minnesota Duluth, 64; Ohio State, 60; Air Force, 43; Northern Michigan, 31; Colorado College, 8; Northeastern University, 8; Bemidji State, 6; Harvard, 3; Mercyhurst College, 3; Niagara, 3; St. Lawrence, 2.

The poll is a joke there is no way Cornel and Princeton are worthy of being ranked that high, if they played in a tough league like the WCHA these Ivy League schools would be fighting for home ice in the first round of the WCHA playoffs. This is almost as bad as the College Hockey News Poll.

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