In addition to soon kicking off regular dedicated women’s hockey coverage, SBN will also be releasing a weekly poll for NCAA Division I Women’s Hockey. I am and will be one of the 17 voters.  The poll is officially launching next week but the week one results are in:

Rank/Team (1st place votes)/Total (my vote)
1 Wisconsin (15) 168 (1)
2 Minnesota (2) 155 (2)
3 Boston College 129 (3)
4 Quinnipiac 110 (4)
5 Clarkson 106 (7)
6 North Dakota 66 (9)
7 Princeton 64 (6)
8 Colgate 51 (5)
9 Northeastern 30 (NR)
10 Boston University 22 (10)
Also Receiving Votes: Minnesota-Duluth 21 (8), Bemidji State 9, Harvard 2, Syracuse 2

I’ve already gone over the strengths and weakness of each team, and Grant Salzano over at BCI did a great buy or sell piece. To do something different I’m going to do rankings for each conference.


  1. Syracuse
  2. Mercyhurst
  3. Robert Morris
  4. Penn State
  5. Lindenwood
  6. RIT

For the 38th straight year I think this is the year Syracuse overtakes Mercyhurst. The CHA coaches agree. SU has a solid crop of skaters that continually gets held down by its goaltending – .901 and .893 save percentages the past two years.


  1. Quinnipiac
  2. Colgate
  3. Princeton
  4. Clarkson
  5. St. Lawrence
  6. Harvard
  7. RPI
  8. Cornell
  9. Yale
  10. Dartmouth
  11. Brown
  12. Union

Honestly, who knows. The top half of the ECAC is so tight it could be anyone’s conference. I’m maybe underselling Clarkson a bit but I think their losses on D are going to have a big impact.

Hockey East

  1. Boston College
  2. Boston University
  3. Northeastern
  4. New Hampshire
  5. Vermont
  6. Connecticut
  7. Providence
  8. Maine
  9. Merrimack

Like the top of the ECAC, the middle of Hockey East could be anyone’s. I’m low on teams that rely heavily on goaltending so I sink Connecticut more than most without Chuli.


  1. Wisconsin
  2. Minnesota
  3. Minnesota-Duluth
  4. North Dakota
  5. St. Cloud State
  6. Bemidji State
  7. Ohio State
  8. Minnesota State

I feel like the WCHA right now is the most settled conference.  The middle is a bit murky but the top and bottom two teams should be pretty easy to predict.