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Gophers picked to win another Big Ten hockey title, ranked in preseason national poll

Big Ten hockey coaches expect the Gophers to hold their spot atop of the conference. The Gophers were picked to win a fourth consecutive regular-season title and earned a league-best four mentions on the players to watch list, the Big Ten announced Monday.

The Gophers also debuted at No. 13 in the USCHO Top 20 preseason poll after ending last season unranked. Defending national champion North Dakota is No. 1 in the national poll. The rivals face off Nov. 4-5 at Mariucci Arena with Fox Sports North broadcasting the games. They haven’t met in the regular season since 2012-2013.

The Gophers will play on TV 29 times, the team announced Monday. FSN will broadcast 17 games starting with the home opener against St. Cloud State Oct. 21. The Big Ten Network will air 10 games and ESPN two games. They open conference play Dec. 2 against Ohio State on BTN. Among the seven games not currently scheduled for TV are early season trips to Alaska, New York and Massachusetts.

Ohio State was picked to finish second in the Big Ten, Michigan third, Penn State fourth, Wisconsin fifth with Michigan State in last place. Michigan won last season’s Big Ten tournament to claim the conference’s only spot in the NCAA tournament.

Gophers senior forward Justin Kloos and sophomore goaltender Eric Schierhorn were two of four unanimous selections for the Big Ten preseason watch list. Senior defenseman Jake Bischoff and junior forward Leon Bristedt were also named to the list.

Luke Kunin, the Wild’s first-round draft pick and Wisconsin sophomore forward, was a watch list unanimous selection. Grant Besse, the former Benilde-St. Margaret’s star and Wisconsin senior, also made the list.   

Minnesota Duluth and St. Cloud State are ranked No. 5 and 6, respectively, in the USCHO preseason poll. Minnesota State is No. 19. Michigan, ranked No. 11, is the only other Big Ten member in the Top 20. Penn State, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Michigan State all received votes.

USCHO.com Division I Men’s Poll
Rk.          School (1st-place votes)
               Record  Pts.        PR
1.            North Dakota (43)                               34-6-4   993         1
2.            Quinnipiac (1)                                     32-4-7   856         2
3.            Denver                                                 25-10-6 848          4
4.            Boston University (5)                         21-13-5 774         14
5.            Boston College (1)                             28-8-5   641         3
6.            Minnesota Duluth                               19-16-5 621         9
7.            St. Cloud State                                   31-9-1   569         5
8.            Massachusetts-Lowell                    26-10-5 535         7

9.            Notre Dame                                         19-11-7 502         13
10.          Providence                                          27-7-4   476         7
11.          Michigan                                              25-8-5   470         6
12.          Harvard                                                19-11-4 422         10
13.          Minnesota                                          20-17-0 404         NR
14.          Bowling Green                                   22-14-6 370         NR
15.          Northeastern                                      22-15-5 361         12
16.          St. Lawrence                                      19-14-4 336         18
17.          Michigan Tech                                   23-9-5   285         16
18.          Yale                                                     19-9-4   283         11
19.          Minnesota State                              21-13-7 153         17
20.          Ferris State                                        20-15-6 126         15
Others receiving votes: Cornell 92, Omaha 85, Penn State 63, Clarkson 62, RIT 62, Ohio State 33, Air Force 17, Vermont 16, Miami 11, Wisconsin 10, Dartmouth 6, Robert Morris 6, Michigan State 5.

Big Ten preseason poll
1.  Minnesota
2.  Ohio State
3.  Michigan
4.  Penn State
5.  Wisconsin
6.  Michigan State

Big preseason watch list
Alex Kile, F, Michigan
Mason Appleton, F, Michigan State
Jake Bischoff, D, Minnesota
Leon Bristedt, F, Minnesota
Justin Kloos, F, Minnesota*
Eric Schierhorn, G, Minnesota*

Josh Healey, D, Ohio State
Mason Jobst, F, Ohio State
Nick Schilkey, F, Ohio State
David Goodwin, F, Penn State
Vince Pedrie, D, Penn State*
Luke Kunin, F, Wisconsin*
Grant Besse, F, Wisconsin
* Unanimous selection

Five things to know about Derek Falvey

The Twins will announce Derek Falvey as the new head of baseball operations. His named emerged as a finalist for the job, but not much more is known about this 33-year-old baseball executive.

Here are five things to help you get to know the new lead man:

1. Where did he come from: Falvey has spent the last nine seasons with the Cleveland Indians in various roles, most recently as the assistant general manager. He spent time helping the international and amateur scouting departments before being promoted to assistant director of baseball operations in 2011. A year later, he was named director of baseball operations and last fall climbed to assistant GM.

2. Young, but innovative: Falvey is reportedly considered one of the young innovative executives in Major League Baseball. He started with the Indians in November 2007 as an intern in the baseball operations department and has worked his way up the organization while helping Cleveland rise from the bottom to the top of the American League Central standings.

3. Considered a ‘gem’: According to Yahoo MLB columnist Jeff Passan, who reported Falvey as a finalist, the young hire is a strong communicator that is “well-regarded in the industry.” Passan added Monday “People around the game think Falvey is a gem.”

4. Analytics are key: Falvey became known for his analytical process while working up the Indians player development pipeline. He spoke on the player development panel at the 2013 Society for American Baseball Research analytics conference.

5. Former player: Falvey pitched for Trinity College, a NCAA Division III program, in Hartford, Conn., and graduated with a degree in economics. He will become the second-youngest head of baseball operations or general manager in the big leagues. Milwaukee GM David Stearns, who worked with Falvey in Cleveland, was hired last September at age 30. Theo Epstein was hired by Boston as the youngest GM in baseball history at age 28 in 2004. 

TV Listings

Local Schedule

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  • Wild at Buffalo (preseason)

    6 pm on 100.3-FM

  • Twins at Kansas City

    6:15 pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Colorado at Wild (preseason)

    7 pm on 100.3-FM

  • Twins at Kansas City

    6:15 pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Twins at Kansas City

    6:15 pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Wild at Winnipeg (preseason)

    7 pm on NHLN, 100.3-FM

  • Lindenwood at Gophers women's hockey

    7:07 pm

  • Twins at Chicago White Sox

    7:10 pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Lindenwood at Gophers women's hockey

    2:07 pm

  • Gophers football at Penn State

    2:30 pm on BTN, 100.3-FM

  • Twins at Chicago White Sox

    6:10 pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Jacksonville at Minnesota United FC

    7 pm on Ch. 29

  • Twins at Chicago White Sox

    2:10 pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Carolina at Wild (preseason)

    5 pm on 100.3-FM

  • N.Y. Giants at Vikings

    7:30 pm on ESPN, 100.3/1130

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