Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University men's ice hockey team is ranked 14th nationally in the 2012-13 USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Preseason Poll, which was announced on Monday.
The Bulldogs, who concluded the 2011-12 campaign with a final number two ranking in the poll following an appearance in the national championship game, received 123 total points in voting conducted in conjunction with the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA). The poll includes input from coaches and journalists representing each of the five NCAA Division I ice hockey conferences, as well as composite votes from officers of the AHCA and USA Hockey.
Defending NCAA Division I National Champion Boston College was tabbed as the preseason national favorite with 20 first-place votes and 476 total points. They were followed by Minnesota, Michigan, North Dakota and Union in the top five nationally.
FSU is among five Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) members found among the nation's top 15 teams along with Michigan, Miami (9th), Notre Dame (10th) and Western Michigan (11th).
Additionally, all four 2012 NCAA Men's Frozen Four participants are represented in the rankings with Boston College, Minnesota, Ferris State and Union.
Both the CCHA and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association led all conferences with five ranked teams, while the Hockey East Association had three ranked programs and ECAC Hockey had two ranked squads. A total of 29 teams received votes with CCHA members Michigan State, Ohio State and Northern Michigan all on the list.
Ferris State is the defending CCHA Regular-Season Champion and reached the national championship game at the Frozen Four last season in Tampa, Fla.
Single-game tickets for all 2012-13 Ferris State University hockey home contests went on sale today (Sept. 24). Fans can help the Bulldogs "Celebrate The Legacy" and catch the final year of CCHA action by purchasing tickets in advance for any home contest during the 2012-13 campaign.
This season, fans will be able to save on single-game tickets by purchasing in advance rather than waiting until gameday. The Bulldogs sold out four of their final five home contests inside the Ewigleben Ice Arena last year.
The FSU Athletics Ticket Office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EDT) and on Saturday gamedays starting at 12 p.m. (ET). They will also offer special extended hours on Wednesday's thru the end of the season until 7 p.m. (ET). For more information on ticket sales, please contact the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888 or visit FerrisStateBulldogs.com.
Ferris State will open its 35th season of intercollegiate competition at the NCAA Division I level on Sunday, Oct. 7, with an exhibition contest versus Ryerson University in Big Rapids. The puck will drop at 3:05 p.m. (EDT) for the contest at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena.
The regular-season home opener is on Oct. 19 as Mercyhurst comes to town for a two-game non-league series beginning at 7:05 p.m. (ET).
Below is the preseason national poll:
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
Others receiving votes: Harvard University, 58; University of Maine, 24; Quinnipiac University, 24; Michigan State University, 19; Colorado College, 19; University of New Hampshire, 17; Ohio State University, 17; St. Cloud (Minn.) State University, 15; Merrimack College, 7; Providence College, 6; Yale University, 6; United States Air Force Academy, 3; Northern Michigan University, 1; Michigan Tech University, 1.
NOTES: The Boston College Eagles are the defending NCAA national champions and begin the 2012-13 season tied as the number one ranked team with the University of Minnesota ... The 2012 NCAA Men's Frozen Four teams are represented in the rankings, with Boston College, Minnesota, Ferris State and Union all receiving preseason rankings ... The USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll will take a one week hiatus next week, returning Oct. 8 ... The Western Collegiate Hockey Association and the Central Collegiate Hockey Association lead all conferences with five ranked teams, while the Hockey East Association has three ranked programs and ECAC Hockey has two ranked squads ... A total of 29 teams received votes.
ABOUT THE POLL: The 18th annual USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men’s College Hockey Poll is conducted each week in conjunction with the American Hockey Coaches Association. The poll includes input from coaches and journalists representing each of the five NCAA Division I ice hockey conferences, as well as composite votes from officers of the AHCA and USA Hockey.