Evan Daum, Canada West Communications
EDMONTON – If the annual pre-season coaches poll is any indication, 2018-19 will be another battle between the Alberta Golden Bears and Saskatchewan Huskies for the Canada West championship.
Alberta (48 pts.) and Saskatchewan (43 pts.) are the clear frontrunners heading into the 2018-19 CW men's hockey season, as the conference's coaches cast their ballots in favour of the archrivals.
- The Alberta Golden Bears and Saskatchewan Huskies enter the 2018-19 CW men's hockey season as the pre-season favourites
- Alberta earned six first-place votes, while Saskatchewan earned the other two
- The Bears enter 2018-19 looking to defend their CW and U SPORTS titles
The Bears, who garnered six first-place votes, head into the new season the defending conference and national champions, while Saskatchewan, who earned the other two first-place votes, is looking to end Alberta's two-year run as CW champs.
The storied programs have combined to win the last 21 conference championships, and have their sights set on the University Cup, which will be handed out March 17th in Lethbridge.
Slotting in behind the Bears and Huskies in a playoff position within the annual poll are the Calgary Dinos (33 pts.), Mount Royal Cougars (31 pts.), UBC Thunderbirds (29 pts.), and the Manitoba Bisons (17 pts.).
The Regina Cougars (13 pts.) and Lethbridge Pronghorns (10 pts.) round out the poll.
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2018 CANADA WEST MHKY PRE-SEASON COACHES POLL
TEAM / POINTS (FIRST-PLACE VOTES)
1. Alberta Golden Bears / 48 (6)
2. Saskatchewan Huskies / 43 (2)
3. Calgary Dinos / 33
4. Mount Royal Cougars / 31
5. UBC Thunderbirds / 29
6. Manitoba Bisons / 17
7. Regina Cougars / 13
8. Lethbridge Pronghorns / 10
NOTES: Coaches rank all conference teams excluding their own. First-place vote worth 7 pts., second-place 6 pts. etc.