North Dakota and Bowling Green were picked by coaches and media to win their respective conferences, the NCHC and WCHA announced this week.

Minnesota Duluth was the only one of the state's four college hockey programs split across the two conferences to receive first-place votes. Duluth was picked to finish third and St. Cloud State fourth in the NCHC. Minnesota State was tabbed to finished third and Bemidji State sixth in the WCHA.

North Dakota has won back-to-back NCHC regular-season titles and is the defending national champion. Bowling Green hasn’t won a regular-season championship since 1984 when it won a national championship.

North Dakota sophomore forward Brock Boeser from Burnsville, a unanimous selection, and Michigan Tech forward Tyler Heinonen from Delano were named to their respective preseason All-Conference teams.

NCHC poll
1. North Dakota – 235 points (25 first-place votes)
2. Denver – 200 (3)
3. Minnesota Duluth – 173 (2)
4. St. Cloud State – 155
5. Omaha – 119
6. Miami – 96
7. Western Michigan – 65
8. Colorado College – 37

NCHC preseason All-Conference team
F: Brock Boeser, So., North Dakota – 30 votes (unanimous)
F: Dylan Gambrell, So., Denver – 28 votes
F: Austin Ortega, Sr., Omaha – 11 votes
D: Will Butcher, Sr., Denver – 27 votes
D: Louie Belpedio, Jr., Miami – 17 votes
G: Cam Johnson, Jr., North Dakota – 27 votes

Mankato Free Press WCHA poll
Rk           Team (1st place votes)          Points

1.            Bowling Green (8)                           89
2.            Michigan Tech (2)                            79
3.            Minnesota State                              71
4.            Ferris State                                        70
5.            Northern Michigan                         54
6.            Bemidji State                                    48
7.            Lake Superior State                        44
8.            Alaska Anchorage                           29
9.            Alabama Huntsville                         23
10.          Alaska                                                  21

Preseason WCHA Player of the Year
Gerald Mayhew, Sr. F, Ferris State (7 votes)

Preseason WCHA Rookie of the Year
Parker Tuomie, F, Minnesota State (4 votes)

Preseason All-WCHA Team
Forwards

Gerald Mayhew, Sr., Ferris State; Dominik Shine, Sr., Northern Michigan; Brandon Hawkins, Jr., Bowling Green (tie); Corey Mackin, So., Ferris State (tie)

Defensemen
Mark Friedman, Jr., Bowling Green; Matt Roy, Jr., Michigan Tech

Goaltender
Chris Nell, Jr., Bowling Green

Bemidji Pioneer WCHA poll
Rk           Team (1st place votes)          Points

1.            Bowling Green (15)                      251
2.            Michigan Tech (6)                         239
3.            Minnesota State (5)                     236
4.            Ferris State (2)                               218
5.            Northern Michigan                       161
6.            Bemidji State                                  144
7.            Lake Superior State                      106
8.            Alaska                                                  68
9.            Alabama Huntsville                         66
10.          Alaska Anchorage                           50

Preseason WCHA Player of the Year
Gerald Mayhew, Sr., F, Ferris State

Preseason WCHA Rookie of the Year
Cameron Clarke, D, Ferris State

Preseason All-WCHA Team
Forwards

Gerald Mayhew, Sr., Ferris State; Dominik Shine, Sr., Northern Michigan; Tyler Heinonen, Sr., Michigan Tech

Defensemen
Mark Friedman, Jr., Bowling Green; Matt Roy, Jr., Michigan Tech

Goaltender
Chris Nell, Jr., Bowling Green

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