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Beavers picked to win last College Hockey America championship

NIAGARA, N.Y. -- After winning the 2008 College Hockey America championship and a run to the NCAA Frozen Four, Bemidji State has been selected as the preseason favorite to claim the 2009-10 regular season title -- which will be the last before CH...

NIAGARA, N.Y. -- After winning the 2008 College Hockey America championship and a run to the NCAA Frozen Four, Bemidji State has been selected as the preseason favorite to claim the 2009-10 regular season title -- which will be the last before CHA disbands.

The Beavers locked up two first-place votes, finishing atop the standings with eight points. Niagara finished in second with seven points, with Robert Morris (six points) and Alabama-Huntsville (three points) rounding out the rest of the CHA.

Fresh off of a career year, Bemidji State forward Matt Read has been tabbed as the 2009-10 CHA Preseason Player of the Year. A unanimous selection to the 2009 Preseason All-CHA team, Read set new career-highs in goals (15), assists (25) and points (40).

Read will be joined on the Preseason All-CHA team by Robert Morris forward Nathan Longpre and Niagara forward Chris Moran. A 2009 All-CHA first team selection, Longpre will be returning for his junior season, after scoring 41 points during the 2008-09 campaign. Moran finished the 2008-09 season with 99 career points, needing just a point to become the 12th member of the Niagara 100-point club.

Bemidji State's Brad Hunt and Robert Morris's Denny Urban look to shore up the blueline for the Preseason All-CHA team. Both are members of the 2009 All-CHA first team, with Hunt and Urban finishing in first and second place in the points per game category for CHA defensemen last year.

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Between the pipes for the Preseason All-CHA team is Alabama-Huntsville's Cameron Talbot. As a sophomore, Talbot earned a 2.95 goals against average, with a .907 save percentage.

2009 Preseason Poll

1. Bemidji State (2)

2. Niagara University (2)

3. Robert Morris 6

4. Alabama-Huntsville 3

2009 Preseason All-CHA Team

F Chris Moran, Niagara, Senior

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F Matt Read, Bemidji State, Junior

F Nathan Longpre, Robert Morris, Junior

D Brad Hunt, Bemidji State, Sophomore

D Denny Urban, Robert Morris, Junior

G Cameron Talbot, Alabama-Huntsville, Junior

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