Sep 292014
 

It’s not a surprise, considering last season. Coming off a two-win campaign, UAH was picked by the WCHA media and coaches to finish in last place again this season.

For us, it doesn’t really matter. To paraphrase Mystery Science Theater 3000, “It’s just a poll. We should really just relax.” Right now our focus is building the program and getting better, and hopefully surprising some folks along the way.

Meanwhile, Minnesota State is the odds-on favorite to take the MacNaughton Trophy as the regular season champions. Last year’s winner, Ferris State, is second in both polls, and it should be another interesting race between these budding rivals. Michigan Tech and Bowling Green are expected to follow close behind.

Here’s the full release by the WCHA. Geof and I voted in the media poll, and we will provide our rationale in our WCHA preview coming later this week. The regular season starts for three teams this Saturday, with Michigan Tech visiting Lake Superior State to kick off conference play and Ferris State hosting Michigan.

2014-15 Mankato Free Press WCHA Men’s Hockey Preseason Coaches’ Poll:

1. Minnesota State (9 1st place votes), 81 points
2. Ferris State (1), 67
3. Michigan Tech, 64
4. Bowling Green, 57
5. Alaska, 44
6. Northern Michigan, 40
7. Alaska Anchorage, 38
8. Bemidji State, 33
9. Lake Superior State, 17
10. Alabama Huntsville, 9

Preseason WCHA Player of the Year: C.J. Motte, Sr., G, Ferris State

Preseason WCHA Rookie of the Year: C.J. Franklin, F, Minnesota State and Brad McClure, F, Minnesota State (4 votes each)

Preseason All-WCHA Team:
Forwards: Tyler Morley, Jr., Alaska; Jean-Paul LaFontaine, Sr., Minnesota State; Matt Leitner, Sr., Minnesota State
Defensemen: Colton Parayko, Jr., Alaska; Zach Palmquist, Sr., Minnesota State
Goaltender: C.J. Motte, Sr., Ferris State

2014-15 Bemidji Pioneer WCHA Men’s Hockey Preseason Media Poll:

1. Minnesota State (23 1st place votes), 256 points
2. Ferris State (4), 226
3. Bowling Green, 180
4. Michigan Tech, 178
5. Alaska, 163
6. Alaska Anchorage, 128
7. Northern Michigan, 112
8. Bemidji State, 101
9. Lake Superior State, 60
10. Alabama Huntsville, 26

Preseason WCHA Player of the Year: Matt Leitner, Sr., F, Minnesota State

Preseason WCHA Rookie of the Year: Mark Friedman, D, Bowling Green

Preseason All-WCHA Team:
Forwards: Tyler Morley, Jr., Alaska; Jean-Paul LaFontaine, Sr., Minnesota State; Matt Leitner, Sr., Minnesota State
Defensemen: Colton Parayko, Jr., Alaska; Shane Hanna, So., Michigan Tech
Goaltender: C.J. Motte, Sr., Ferris State

UAH’s Max McHugh received a vote for Preseason WCHA Rookie of the Year, and Joseph Kestner got a vote for the Preseason All-WCHA Team.

Aug 242014
 

And now, our occasional reminder about 2014-15 season tickets and the Blue Line Club. UAH Director of Athletics Dr. E.J. Brophy sent out this email to Charger fans last week, and I think it sums it up nicely:

Dear Charger Fan,

As our UAH Hockey team enters year two in the prestigious Western Collegiate Hockey Association, we hope you will strongly consider purchasing season tickets for the upcoming campaign.  Your support is vital to our program.  Click here for your season ticket/Blue Line Club brochure.

As a season ticket holder, your attendance and monetary commitment tremendously assists the program as we strive to climb the ladder of the WCHA.

As a member of the Blue Line Club, your monetary contributions go directly toward enhancing the collegiate athletic experiences of UAH Hockey student-athletes.  Your gift makes a big difference in the collegiate careers of these young people, and helps insure steady growth within the UAH Hockey program.  Season tickets are also included with your membership in the Blue Line Club.

We invite you to purchase your season tickets today or join the Blue Line Club at the level that is right for you. We need you now more than ever, as we continue this new era of UAH Hockey.

GO CHARGERS!

Sincerely,

E. J. Brophy, Ph.D.
Director of Athletics
The University of Alabama in Huntsville

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again:  Even if you can’t donate the minimum to enjoy the perks of the Blue Line Club, the program will gladly accept any amount of contribution. If you can’t get full season tickets, get those FlexTix packages and cheer your Chargers whenever you can. Every little bit helps as we strive to build a championship contender in the Hockey Capital of the South.

The home opening series is against Bowling Green on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17-18, which also happens to be homecoming! Individual game ticket and promotion information will be available in the coming weeks. Follow @weloveuahhockey and @uahhockey on Twitter, and like UAH Hockey on Facebook to keep up to date.

Thanks, and go Chargers!