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Wild WCHA Preseason Poll

by Mike Doyle / Minnesota Wild

With the college hockey season peeking around the corner like a kid playing hide-and-go-seek, thought it would be fun to conduct the Former WCHA Players Preseason Poll. This season will be the final incarnation of the WCHA as it currently stands with 12 teams, so this will be both the inaugural and final poll of its kind.

All the participants played in the WCHA (at some time or another) and are in the Wild organization. Six are prospects suiting up for the Houston Aeros, while one is a washed-up beer leaguer. Participants include: F Jason Zucker (University of Denver), D Brian Connelly (Colorado College), D Chay Genoway (University of North Dakota), D Kris Fredheim (Colorado College), F Chad Rau (Colorado College), F Justin Fontaine (University of Minnesota-Duluth), ME Mike Doyle (St. Cloud State University).

Not surprisingly, most of the players voted for their alma mater (once a Husky, always a Husky). Shockingly, Rau voted the Gophers ahead of CC. Granted his brother, Kyle, plays for Minnesota, but should Colorado College stop sending him the alumni newsletter for the slight? Also, there were three Colorado alums voting, yet, the Tigers finished fourth in the poll. Apparently old grudges die hard, as Zucker didn’t give much respect to UND (12) and Minnesota (11), while Genoway voted Minnesota last and ranked DU 11th. Personally, I’m not too broken up about the Gophers finishing eight in the voting. Anyway, here are the results for the inaugural and final Former WCHA Players Preseason Poll:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Jason Zucker (DU)
Brian Connelly (CC)
Chey Genoway (UND)
Kris Fredheim (CC)
Chad Rau (CC)
Justin Fontaine (UMD)
Mike Doyle (SCSU)

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