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Preview: A brief guide to all 58 college hockey teams - Part II

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Hockey 101 is a new, weekly Puck Daddy feature on U.S. Division I college hockey. Stick around and you just might learn a thing or two. Part one ran earlier today. Here is part two.

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Hello again. Earlier today, we introduced you to 29 of the 58 teams in Division I, from Air Force to Michigan State. Here is the second part of that introduction, covering everyone else, from three-time NCAA champion Michigan Tech to the Yale Bulldogs.

Let's get right to it then, shall we?

Name: Michigan Tech Huskies

Location: Houghton, Mich.

Conference: WCHA

National titles: 3 (1962, 1965, 1975)

Alumni in the NHL: Damian Rhodes, Andy Sutton(notes), Randy McKay, Jarkko Ruutu(notes), Tony Esposito

2009-10 poll positions: No. 10/10 (media/coaches) of 10 in WCHA

Why you should care about them: Jarkko Ruutu and Tony Esposito went there.

Name: Minnesota Golden Gophers

Location: Minneapolis, Minn.

Conference: WCHA

National titles: 5 (1974, 1976, 1979, 2002, 2003)

Alumni in the NHL: Phil Kessel(notes), Tom Vanek, Jordan Leopold(notes), Keith Ballard(notes), Blake Wheeler(notes), Erik Johnson(notes), Kyle Okposo(notes) ... y'know what, just go look at this list.

2009-10 poll positions: No. 4/4 (media/coaches) of 10 in WCHA, No. 9 in national poll
Why you should care about them: This is Hockey University right here. Pretty much every NHL player has, at some point in their life, considered being a Golden Gopher (unless they went to Wisconsin or North Dakota or something I guess.

Name: Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs

Location: Duluth, Minn.

Conference: WCHA

National titles: None

Alumni in the NHL: Chico Resch, Tom Kurvers, Bill Watson, Brett Hull, Derek Plante, Matt Niskanen(notes), Mason Raymond(notes), Craig Weller(notes)

2009-10 poll positions: No. 6/6 (media/coaches) of 10 in WCHA, No. 18 in national poll

Why you should care about them: You like very good teams from Minnesota that wear maroon and gold, but hate the Gophers.

Name: Minnesota State Mavericks

Location: Mankato, Minn.

Conference: WCHA

National titles: 1 (1980, Div. II)

Alumni in the NHL: Ryan Carter(notes), Steve Wagner(notes), David Backes(notes), Tim Jackman(notes) and Jon Kalinski(notes)

2009-10 poll positions: No. 8/7 (coaches/media) of 10 in WCHA, received 11 votes in national poll.

Why you should care about them: David Backes is pretty awesome.

Name: Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks

Location: Omaha, Neb.

Conference: CCHA

National titles: None

Alumni in the NHL: Jeff Hoggan(notes), Bill Thomas(notes), Greg Zanon(notes), Dan Ellis(notes), Chris Holt(notes)

2009-10 poll positions: No. 7/6 (media/coaches) of 12 in CCHA

Why you should care about them: There's not really a whole lot else to do in Nebraska.

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Name: New Hampshire Wildcats

Location: Durham, N.H.

Conference: HE

National titles: None

Alumni in the NHL: Dan Winnik, James van Riemsdyk(notes), Darren Haydar(notes), Jason Krog(notes), Stephen Leach, Eric Boguniecki(notes), Kevin Dean, Pete Douris, Rod Langway

2009-10 poll positions: Tied for No. 4 of 10 in HE, No. 16 in national poll

Why you should care about them: They're remarkably consistent; excellent in the regular season, not so much in the postseason.

Name: Niagara Purple Eagles

Location: Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Conference: CHA

National titles: None

Alumni in the NHL: None

2009-10 poll positions: No. 2 of 4 in CHA

Why you should care about them: It will be moving to Atlantic Hockey next year, so that's exciting.

Name: North Dakota Fighting Sioux

Location: Grand Forks, N.D.

Conference: WCHA

National titles: 7 (1959, 1963, 1980, 1982, 1987, 1997, 2000)

Alumni in the NHL: Jason Blake(notes), Mike Commodore(notes), Matt Greene(notes), David Hale(notes), Brian Lee(notes), TJ Oshie(notes), Zach Parise(notes), Drew Stafford(notes), Jonathan Toews(notes), Travis Zajac(notes), Ed Belfour(notes), Brandon Bochenski(notes), Craig Ludwig, Dave Tippett and a bunch more.

2009-10 poll positions: No. 2/2 of 10 in WCHA, No. 6 in national poll

Why you should care about them: They're really very good, and to their eternal credit, they gave us Oshie.

Name: Northeastern Huskies

Location: Boston, Mass.

Conference: HE

National titles: None

Alumni in the NHL: Michael Ryan(notes), David Poile, Bruce Racine, Dan McGillis(notes), Chris Nilan, Jim Fahey(notes)

2009-10 poll positions: No. 6 in HE, No. 20 in national poll

Why you should care about them: You want to win the Beanpot only occasionally.

Name: Northern Michigan Wildcats

Location: Marquette, Mich.

Conference: CCHA

National titles: 1 (1991)

Alumni in the NHL: Nathan Oystrick(notes), Mike Santorelli(notes)

2009-10 poll positions: No. 5/5 (media/coaches) of 12 in CCHA, received 72 votes in national poll

Why you should care about them: They're in a progressive conference; while the CCHA is the only one in the country that uses the shootout to decide ties (yuck), it will, starting this season, at least awards three points to teams that win in regulation, which is pretty great.

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Name: Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Location: South Bend, Ind.

Conference: CCHA

National titles: None

Alumni in the NHL: Christian Hanson(notes), Mark Eaton(notes), Brett Lebda(notes), Wes O'Neill(notes), Yan Stastny(notes), Tim Wallace(notes)

2009-10 poll positions: No. 2/2 (media/coaches) of 12 in CCHA, No. 5 in national poll

Why you should care about them: After years of not really supporting the team itself, the athletic department started giving them a boatload of money and coach Jeff Jackson, arguably the best in the NCAA, started winning pretty much instantly. They're a really good team now and you're going to see more NHL'ers coming outta South Bend in the next few years.

Name: Ohio State Buckeyes

Location: Columbus, Ohio

Conference: CCHA

National titles: None

Alumni in the NHL: Ryan Kesler(notes), David Steckel, RJ Umberger(notes)

2009-10 poll positions: No. 4/4 (media/coaches) of 12 in CCHA, No. 17 in national poll

Why you should care about them: You really like saying "THE" in front of your school's name.

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Name: Princeton Tigers

Location: Princeton, N.J.

Conference: ECAC

National titles: None

Alumni in the NHL: Jeff Halpern(notes), George Parros(notes), Darrol Powe, Kevin Westgarth(notes)

2009-10 poll positions: No. 3/3 (media/coaches) of 12 in ECAC, No. 10 in national poll

Why you should care about them: You are Cecil Terwilliger.

Name: Providence College Friars

Location: Providence, R.I.

Conference: HE

National titles: None

Alumni in the NHL: Fernando Pisani(notes), Hal Gill(notes), Chris Terreri

2009-10 poll positions: No. 9 of 10 in HE

Why you should care about them: That Knob Hockey episode where they keep yelling, "Eyyyy Fernando Pisani how about a pizzapie, eh?!"

Name: Quinnipiac Bobcats

Location: Hamden, Conn.

Conference: ECAC

National titles: None

Alumni in the NHL: None

2009-10 poll positions: No. 11/8 (media/coaches) of 12 in ECAC, received 1 vote in national poll

Why you should care about them: You get to call them "The Q." It makes them sound like a spy or something.

Name: RIT Tigers

Location: Rochester, N.Y.

Conference: AH

National titles: 2 (1983, Div. II; 1985, Div. 3)

Alumni in the NHL: None

2009-10 poll positions: No. 3 in AH, received 10 votes in national poll

Why you should care about them: They apparently produce good college hockey coaches, and one time they had a guy nominated for the Hobey Baker award.

Name: RPI Engineers

Location: Renssalaer, N.Y.

Conference: ECAC

National titles: 2 (1954, 1985)

Alumni in the NHL: Adam Oates, Joey Juneau, Darren Puppa

2009-10 poll positions: No. 10/tied for No. 8 (media/coaches) of 12 in ECAC.

Why you should care about them: They have a puck with an engineer's hat on for a mascot.

Name: Robert Morris Colonials

Location: Moon Township, Pa.

Conference: CHA

National titles: None

Alumni in the NHL: None

2009-10 poll positions: No. 3 of 4 in CHA

Why you should care about them: They're the closest thing to a brand new program college hockey has. This will be their seventh season ever.

Name: Sacred Heart Pioneers

Location: Fairfield, Conn.

Conference: AH

National titles: None

Alumni in the NHL: None

2009-10 poll positions: No. 8 of 10 in AH

Why you should care about them: John Ratzenberger and Kevin Nealon went there. Fact.

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Name: St. Lawrence Saints

Location: Canton, N.Y.

Conference: ECAC

National titles: None

Alumni in the NHL: John Zeiler(notes), Rich Peverley(notes), Mike Keenan, Jacques Martin, Ray Shero

2009-10 poll positions: No. 7/10 (media/coaches) of 12 in ECAC, received 23 votes in national poll

Why you should care about them: Look at those NHL coaches and GMs.

Name: St. Cloud State Huskies

Location: St. Cloud, Minn.

Conference: WCHA

National titles: None

Alumni in the NHL: Tyler Arnason(notes), Casey Borer(notes), Tim Conboy(notes), Matt Cullen(notes), Jeff Finger(notes), Bret Hedican(notes), Joe Jensen(notes), Ryan Malone(notes), Joe Motzko(notes), Mark Parrish(notes), Duvie Westcott(notes), Mark Hartigan(notes), Andreas Nodl(notes), Nate Raduns(notes), Andrew Gordon(notes), Frank Brimsek

2009-10 poll positions: No. 5/5 (media/coaches) of 10 in WCHA, No. 15 in national poll.

Why you should care about them: They make the NCAA tournament almost ever year and have never, ever won a game in it.

Name: UConn Huskies

Location: Storrs, Conn.

Conference: AH

National titles: None

Alumni in the NHL: None

2009-10 poll positions: 9 of 10 in AH

Why you should care about them: You like UConn basketball, or you like Division I programs that don't give out scholarships and thus cannot be competitive in Division I.

Name: UMass Minutemen

Location: Amherst, Mass.

Conference: HE

National titles: None

Alumni in the NHL: Jonathan Quick, Thomas Pock(notes)

2009-10 poll positions: No. 7 of 10 in HE, received 17 votes in national poll

Why you should care about them: They've got a lot of talent on paper and their coach's name is Toot.

Name: UMass Lowell River Hawks

Location: Lowell, Mass.

Conference: HE

National titles: 3 (1978, 1981, 1982, all in Div. II)

Alumni in the NHL: Ron Hainsey(notes), Dwayne Roloson(notes), Craig MacTavish

2009-10 poll positions: No. 2 of 10 in HE, No. 11 in national poll

Why you should care about them: They're probably going to have their best season in a couple decades. We'll have a feature on them next week. (Full disclosure: I am a Lowell alum, so I'm getting my favorite-playing out of the way nice and early.)

Name: Union Dutchmen

Location: Schenectady, N.Y.

Conference: ECAC

National titles: None

Alumni in the NHL: None

2009-10 poll positions: No. 6/6 (media/coaches) of 12 in ECAC, received 4 votes in national poll

Why you should care about them: It's fun to try to spell "Schenectady."

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Name: Vermont Catamounts

Location: Burlington, Vt.

Conference: HE

National titles: Non

Alumni in the NHL: Martin St. Louis(notes), Patrick Sharp(notes), Eric Perrin(notes), Tim Thomas(notes), John LeClair(notes)

2009-10 poll positions: Tied for No. 4 in HE, No. 14 in national poll

Why you should care about them: Marty, Patrick and Timmy are all pretty cool dudes.

Name: Western Michigan Broncos

Location: Kalamazoo, Mich.

Conference: CCHA

National titles: None

Alumni in the NHL: Joe Corvo(notes), Pat Dwyer(notes), Jamal Mayers(notes), Paul Szczechura(notes)

2009-10 poll positions: No. 10/11 (media/coaches) of 12 in CCHA

Why you should care about them: You live in or around Kalamazoo.

Name: Wisconsin Badgers

Location: Madison, Wisc.

Conference: WCHA

National titles: 6 (1973, 1977, 1981, 1983,1990, 2006)

Alumni in the NHL: Dany Heatley(notes), Kyle Turris(notes), Steve Reinprecht(notes), Jack Skille(notes), Adam Burish(notes), Rene Bourque(notes), Brian Rafalski(notes), Chris Chelios(notes), Tom Gilbert(notes), Ryan Suter(notes), Joe Pavelski(notes), Brad Winchester(notes), Andy Wozniewski(notes), Brian Elliott(notes), Gary Suter, Mike Richter, Curtis Joseph(notes)

2009-10 poll positions: No. 3/3 (media/coaches) of 10 in WCHA, No. 13 in national poll

Why you should care about them: They have a lot of scary-good players both in the NHL and at the college level.

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Name: Yale Bulldogs

Location: New Haven, Conn.

Conference: ECAC

National titles: None

Alumni in the NHL: Chris Higgins

2009-10 poll positions: No. 1/1 (media/coaches) in ECAC, No. 8 in national poll.

Why you should care about them: They return a lot of very good talent from a team that could have feasibly gone to the Frozen Four last year.

That's pretty much it for now. If you'd like to learn more about college hockey, you could shoot me an e-mail, or visit U.S. College Hockey Online, Inside College Hockey, College Hockey News, the individual league websites, and college hockey's ever-growing blogosphere (be sure to send me a link if you've got one).

The college season starts this weekend (hell, UMass and RPI already had a game). See ya out there.

Ryan Lambert loves college hockey (maybe too much), and writes about it weekly here at Puck Daddy. You can e-mail him here or follow him on Twitter.

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