The Penn State men’s hockey team, which won the Big Ten championship last year, is ranked No. 9 in the nation in the Division I poll released Monday by USCHO.com.
This is the highest preseason ranking in program history, besting the No. 10 ranking the Nittany Lions prior to the 2017-18 campaign.
Reigning 𝗕𝟭𝗚 𝗖𝗵𝗮𝗺𝗽𝘀 ranked No. 9 to open the 2020-21 season earning the program's highest preseason ranking!!
— Penn State Men’s Hockey (@PennStateMHKY) October 26, 2020
Penn State also has been ranked for 64 consecutive poll weeks, going back to November of 2107.
PSU is the highest-ranked Big Ten team. These are the other four ranked teams from the conference:
**Ohio State No. 10
**Michigan No. 12
**Minnesota No. 14
**Notre Dame No. 20
North Dakota is ranked No. 1, with 28 of 40 first-place votes. Boston College is No. 2, Minnesota Duluth No. 3 and Minnesota State No. 4.
Coach Guy Gadowsky returns for his ninth season as Penn State’s head coach, and 21st season as a college head coach. He has a record of 132-106-23 with the Lions.