At least Notre Dame’s program gets respect in this rankingVincent Pariseon September 20, 2022 at 5:36 pm

In football, Notre Dame just earned thier first win of the season on Saturday against California. It was their first win of the season as they are now 1-2. This was also the first win in the coaching career of new head coach Marcus Freeman.

Unfortunately, the new ranking came out and Notre Dame is outside the top 25 for the second straight week after a few straight years of appearing on it. Luckily, football isn’t the only sport played at the University of Notre Dame.

The preseason poll came out for college hockey and Notre Dame is getting plenty of respect. Currently, they are ranked number nine in the poll. It is a great spot for Notre Dame to be sitting going into what promises to be a great season.

Denver is listed at number one with Minnesota, Minnesota State, North Dakota, Minnesota Duluth, Michigan, Quinnipiac, and Northeastern ahead of them. Massachusetts sits right behind them to round out the top ten.

ICYMI: The Preseason poll of the @USCHO Division I Men’s Hockey is here! How do we feel?

1? @DU_Hockey 2? @GopherHockey 3? @MinnStMHockey 4? @UNDmhockey 5? @UMDMensHockey

6?-2?0?: https://t.co/MWm4BreoBK#NCAAHockey pic.twitter.com/PDdmlNxFsD

— NCAA Ice Hockey (@NCAAIceHockey) September 19, 2022

Nationally ranked to start the year. #GoIrish pic.twitter.com/BBFAD9D2Cl

— Notre Dame Hockey (@NDHockey) September 19, 2022

Notre Dame is going to be nationally ranked to start the 2022-23 hockey season.

It is going to be a crazy season with lots of madness all year long. Other teams like Harvard, Boston University, and St. Cloud are also looking to get into the mix as well. A lot of teams believe they can be Frozen Four bound and Notre Dame is one of them.

ESPN’s John Buccigross is one of the best college hockey analysts out there and his ranking looks a little bit different. He gives Notre Dame even more respect for his personal ranking at number four. Only Denver, Minnesota, and North Dakota are ahead of Notre Dame on this list.

Preseason BucciMane#cawlidgehawkey Top 16 1 Denver2 Minnesota3 NorthDakota4 Notre Dame5 MinnesotaDuluth6 Harvard7 Northeastern8 Quinnipiac9 Michigan10 BostonUniversity11 MinnSt12 Providence13 UMass14 Bemidji St15 UConn16 Penn St pic.twitter.com/7fZNoIgEbt

— BucciParmPastaKnack(next) (@Buccigross) September 19, 2022

Sports fans at Notre Dame should be all in on this hockey team this year. We know how rowdy the school gets over the football and basketball team but there is no doubt that the Irish have a very good hockey program as well.

Seeing them be nationally ranked along with the respect that John Buccigross is giving them should make fans very excited. This program has pumped out some very good NHL players like Anders Lee, Kyle Palmieri, and Vinnie Hinostroza to name a few.

Now, it is time to see who from the program is next. It all begins in October for the Irish as they begin their quest for an NCAA Title in 2023.

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