2012-2013 ACHA Men's Division 1 Pre-Season Ranking
. DELAWARE BLUE HENS LOOK TO REPEAT AS NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
UNION LAKE, MI - The University of Delaware, the defending ACHA Men's Division 1 National Champions, received 27 out of 35 first-places votes to come in as this years pick for the top spot in the 2012-2013 ACHA Men's Division 1 Pre-Season Ranking. Lindenwood University, which has played in four of the last five Men's Division 1 National Championship games, winning twice, received 6 first-place votes and came in at #2. Ohio University followed at #3, where the Bobcats are 4-time winners of the Murdoch Cup, the trophy given to the ACHA Men’s Division 1 National Champions. The other two first-place votes went to #4 Arizona State and #5 Oakland University, which each received 1 first-place vote.
Rounding out the top 10 are #6 Oklahoma, #7 Minot State, #8 Adrian, #9 Liberty, and #10 Iowa State.
Over the past ten seasons, 8 different schools have won the ACHA Men's Division 1 National Championship: Lindenwood (2), Illinois (2), Davenport, Delaware, Oakland, Ohio, Penn State, and Rhode Island.
Beginning its 22nd season of action, there have been a total of 10 schools that have won the ACHA Men's Division 1 National Championship:
Penn State (5 times)
Ohio (4 times)
Illinois (2 times)
Lindenwood (2 times)
North Dakota State (2 times)
55 teams will compete for this year's title. Two teams from last season are now playing NCAA varsity hockey: Penn State University (NCAA DI) and the State University of New York at Canton (NCAA DIII).
The first ranking of the regular season will be released on Friday, September 28.
On October 5-7, twelve Men's Division 1 teams will take part in the 10th Annual ACHA Men's Division 1 Showcase at the Nelson Center in Springfield, IL.
The 2013 ACHA Men's Division 1 National Championships will be hosted March 1-6 by Robert Morris University Illinois at The Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville, IL. This will be the second year of the 20-team format.