CCHA Announces 2011-12 Preseason Polls

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Big Rapids, Mich.- The Central Collegiate Hockey Association's (CCHA) annual preseason polls were released on Wendesday (Sept. 28) morning and Ferris State University was selected tied for seventh in the survey of the league's media along with ninth in the coaches poll.

For just the second time in six years, the coaches and media agree on who should own the top spot, as Notre Dame received enough points from the conference's 11 head coaches and 72 media members to be named the preseason favorite in both polls.

The Bulldogs will be led into the 2011-12 season by head coach Bob Daniels, who will be entering his 20th year at the helm. Coach Daniels ranks as the program's all-time winningest coach with 308 career victories. Senior defensemen Chad Billins (Marysville, Mich.) and Tommy Hill (Portage, Mich.) are co-captains for the 2011-12 campaign.

Ferris State concluded the 2010-11 season with an overall record 18-16-5 and a fifth place league regular-season finish. The Bulldogs squared off against the Western Michigan Broncos during the CCHA Tournament Quarterfinal Round, but were edged out in overtime during game three.

The Bulldogs open their 2011-12 schedule this Sunday (Oct. 2) with an exhibition matchup against the University of Toronto Varsity Blues at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. Opening faceoff is set for 3:05 p.m. (EDT).

The following weekend (Oct. 7-8), Ferris State will officially start its 2011-12 campaign with a two-game non-league road series against the St. Lawrence Saints in St. Lawrence, N.Y. A 7:05 p.m. (EDT) start time is slated for Friday's contest and the puck will drop at 4:05 p.m. (EDT) for Saturday's contest. Both games will be broadcast live on Sunny 97.3 FM as Dominic Hennig returns to call the action for the third straight season.

2011-12 Preseason Coaches Poll

1. Notre Dame (8)

108

2. Miami (2)

99

3. Michigan (1)

93

4. Western Michigan

83

5. Alaska

63

6. Northern Michigan

60

7. Ohio State

56

8. Michigan State

51

9. Ferris State

50

10. Lake Superior

30

11. Bowling Green

22

2011-12 Preseason Media Poll

1. Notre Dame (44)

819

2. Miami (16)

772

3. Michigan (12)

757

4. Western Michigan

604

5. Alaska

449

6. Michigan State

439

7. Ferris State

425

7. Northern Michigan (Tie)

425

9. Ohio State

386

10. Lake Superior

298

11. Bowling Green

170

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