Sept. 27, 2010

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Defending NCAA men's ice hockey national champion Boston College will enter the 2010-11 season with the preseason No. 1 ranking in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll. The Eagles collected 504 points, including 28-of-34 first-place votes, to claim the top spot.

The University of North Dakota ranks second after accumulating 462 points and four first-place votes, while Miami University sits in the No. 3 spot with 437 points and two first-place votes. The University of Michigan (383) and Yale University (334) round out the top five.

The 2010-11 regular season will begin on Saturday (Oct. 2) when the University of Michigan hosts Mercyhurst College.

NOTES: The USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll will take a one-week hiatus before returning Oct. 11 ... The Western Collegiate Hockey Association leads all conferences with six ranked teams. The Hockey East Association boasts four ranked programs, while the Central Collegiate Hockey Association has three ranked teams and ECAC Hockey has two ... A total of 28 teams received votes ... Since 1998, Boston College has been chosen as the preseason No. 1 six times (1998-99, 1999-2000, 2004-05, 2006-07, 2008-09, 2010-11), and appeared in the top 15 in each of the last 12 seasons.