Notre Dame plays five opponents also ranked in the Top Ten, including co number one's Boston College & Minnesota. In all, the Irish will play eight games against the top four teams this year.
This marks the seventh time in the program’s history that the Irish have been ranked in the preseason polls. The previous times occurred prior to the start of the 1972-73 season (8th), the 1973-74 campaign (2nd), in 2007-08 (8th), 2008-09 (3rd), 2009-10 (5th), 2011-12 (2nd) and 10th this year.
The regular season begins October 12th against Maine.
USA Today/American Hockey Magazine College Hockey Poll (Preseason)
1.Boston College (20) 33-10-1
Minnesota (12) 28-14-1
3.Michigan (2) 24-13-4
4.North Dakota 26-13-3
5.Union College 26-8-7
9.Miami (OH) 24-15-2
10.Notre Dame 19-18-31
11.Western Michigan 21-14-6