The Gophers men's hockey team announced game times Wednesday for the 2015-16 season along with television broadcast information. All 35 regular-season games will be available on one platform or another, including 15 regular-season games on FSN, nine on the Big Ten Network and three on the ESPNews.
FSN's coverage will start with the season opener versus visiting Vermont at home on Oct. 10 and also include North Star College Cup at Xcel Energy Center, Jan 30-31. The Big Ten Network will air the conference tournament March 17-19 at Xcel Energy Center.
Nearly every Gophers game will be available via live stream, too, from BTN2Go or other sites.
UMD picked as favorite
Minnesota Duluth was picked to win the National Collegiate Hockey Conference title in a preseason media poll. The Bulldogs received 17 first-place votes and 208 points. Denver was picked to finish second (7, 187) and North Dakota third (4, 183). St. Cloud State is sixth in the poll.
• Senior forward Drake Caggiula of North Dakota and defenseman Andy Welinski and goalie Kasimir Kaskisuo of UMD were named to the NCHC preseason all-conference team.
• The Gophers women's hockey team was a unanimous No. 1 in uscho.com's preseason poll, collecting all 15 first-place votes. Boston Collge and Wisconsin were second and third, respectively. Two other WCHA teams made the top 10: North Dakota was No. 6 and Bemidji State No. 9.
• The Minnesota Girls Hockey Coaches Association announced its 2015 Hall of Fame inductees: Pete Edlund, longtime South St Paul assistant coach; Jill Pohtilla, first coach at Augsburg College – the first Midwest women's college hockey team; Richard Bartholdi, who started the Cloquet girls' hockey program, and Vin Paolucci, Hopkins girls' coach, who developed many college players. The group will be inducted at the MGHCA awards banquet Oct. 9 at the Schwan's Super Rink in Blaine.