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Wisconsin men’s hockey: UW is receiving votes in preseason USCHO poll

Plus, the Badgers confirm a start date and home game location!

The Wisconsin Badgers men’s hockey team was among many teams in the “receiving votes” category of the preseason poll that was released on Monday. The Badgers clocked in at No. 25, five spots out of the final position in the poll which traditionally only ranks 20 teams.

As stated in the tweet above, the Big Ten Conference was well represented in the first rankings featuring five teams, and an honorary sixth member as well:

The preseason No. 1 team is the loathsome North Dakota Fighting Hawks, who finished last year at No. 2, while Boston College, Minnesota-Duluth, Minnesota State and Denver round out the top-five. No. 6 Cornell, who ended last year as the top ranked team, received the second most first place votes with four.

We are all still waiting for the final Big Ten schedule to be released, but Badgers radio announcer Brian Posick said that the season will be starting on Nov. 13 and that Wisconsin will be starting that day, along with Michigan, Minnesota and Notre Dame.

The Daily Gopher mentioned in their preseason rankings post that: “It is expected that the schedule will look a bit different this season to both try and cut down on travel for teams and to maximize the potential available tv windows. It has been rumored that the Big Ten will be looking at weird gamedays and starting times to achieve this goal.”

The men’s hockey team will be playing all of their home games at LaBahn Arena, the home of the women’s hockey team, this year. “There are a few different reasons to do this, but without fans at our games, we think LaBahn Arena will help create the best possible game atmosphere for our team,” head coach Tony Granato said.

The Badgers will begin the season without fans at its home games. Should that change during the season, Wisconsin could move its games back to the Kohl Center. LaBahn Arena can hold 2,273 fans while the Kohl Center holds 15,359 for hockey.

It should be noted that there have not been any updates from the WCHA regarding the women’s hockey schedule but, obviously, we will keep you posted once those details are announced.