Ice Hockey: Wolverines split vote

The Central Collegiate Hockey Association held its annual media day at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit on Wednesday afternoon. For the first time in many years, the coaches and the media disagree on who is most likely to win the CCHA with Michigan and Michigan State splitting the honors. Three Wolverines were selected to the preseason first team All-CCHA team.

The Central Collegiate Hockey Association hosted media day to kick-off the 2006-07 college hockey season on Wednesday afternoon at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. Coaches from all 12 CCHA teams were in attendance as well as the local media as preseason accolades were handed out.

Coaches Poll
1. Michigan State (17)
2. Michigan (1)
3. Miami, OH. (4)
4. Ohio State
5. Nebraska-Omaha
6. Notre Dame
7. Alaska
8. Northern Michigan
9. Ferris State
10. Lake Superior State
11. Bowling Green State
12. Western Michigan

Media Poll
1. Michigan (26)
2. Michigan State (38)
3. Miami (13)
4. Northern Michigan
5. Nebraska-Omaha
6. Ohio State
7. Ferris State
8. Notre Dame
9. Alaska
10. Lake Superior State
11. Bowling Green State
12. Western Michigan

2006-07 CCHA Preseason All-Conference Teams
Preseason First Team
F - Scott Parse, SR, Nebraska-Omaha
F - T.J. Hensick, SR, Michigan
F - Nathan Davis, JR, Miami
D - Matt Hunwick, SR, Michigan
D - Jack Johnson, SO, Michigan

G - Jeff Lerg, SO, Michigan State

Preseason Second Team
F - Ryan Jones, JR, Miami
F - Jonathan Matsumoto, JR, Bowling Green State
F - Kevin Porter, JR, Michigan
D - Mitch Ganzak, JR, Miami
D - Tyler Howells, SR, Michigan State
G - Jeff Jakaitis, SR, Lake Superior State

Quotes from U-M head coach Red Berenson
"T.J. Hensick has led the team in scoring the last couple of seasons and will be a key component to our team this year and one of the top players in the CCHA."

"I want to compliment players like TJ Hensick, [Scott] Parse, our captain Matt Hunwick, and the other seniors the coaches will be talking about. It's nice to see the seniors stay, complete their four years, become dominant players, and be rewarded for it."

"We did some good things offensively and did some good things defensively last year, but we weren't as consistent as we wanted to be."

"Our highlight of last year may have been our first game of the year, our lowlight may have been our last game, so somewhere in between we have to get better."

"We had a lot of young players last year, 15 new faces, but they should be better this year and will be a bigger part of the team."

"(Sophomore defenseman) Jack Johnson certainly lived up to all the expectations that were put on him."

"(Sophomore goalie) Billy Sauer will be a more experienced and confident goalie, and we should be a better team."

Michigan's 2006-07 season begins on Saturday with the Wolverines annual Blue/White intrasquad scrimmage.

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