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UMD men's hockey team picked to finish eighth in WCHA

Minnesota Duluth men's hockey has been picked to finish eighth in the 10-team Western Collegiate Hockey Association after placing ninth last season, according to the 37th Grand Forks Herald preseason coaches poll released on Wednesday.

Minnesota Duluth men's hockey has been picked to finish eighth in the 10-team Western Collegiate Hockey Association after placing ninth last season, according to the 37th Grand Forks Herald preseason coaches poll released on Wednesday.

The coaches also are picking North Dakota to unseat two-time defending champion Minnesota. North Dakota, third in the league last season, received seven of 10 first-place votes and 79 points. Minnesota was second with 74 points and Colorado College third with 55.

The Fighting Sioux advanced to the 2007 Division I semifinals and return three players receiving votes as preseason player of the year -- forwards Ryan Duncan (the 2007 Hobey Baker Memorial Award winner) and T.J. Oshie, along with defenseman Taylor Chorney.

North Dakota was last picked to win the WCHA regular-season title in 2000-01 and went on to claim the championship.

UMD begins practice Monday and opens play Oct. 12-13 at home against Lake Superior State and Northern Michigan.

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