The U.S. College Hockey Online and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls are the most widely recognized college hockey polls in the United States as of 2015, and are the only polls listed on the NCAA's official website as of the 2015 to 2016 season. Both polls compile rankings for men's and women's hockey at the Division I level, while only the USCHO poll ranks Division III teams.Continue Reading
U.S. College Hockey Online releases its poll on Mondays throughout the season. USCHO's Division I men's poll has 50 voting members, including members of the media, coaches and scouts. The Division III and women's polls each have 15 to 20 voters. The organization does not release the identity of its poll voters, but says all the conferences are represented.
The USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll is conducted in accordance with the American Hockey Coaches Association. Voters include media members and coaches from each NCAA Division I conference. As of the 2015 to 2016 season, there are 34 voters in the women's poll and 19 in the women's poll.
In addition to subjective polls, there are also several objective indices that rank hockey teams based on mathematical formulas. The most important of these is the Ratings Percentage Index, which is a major consideration in selecting teams for the postseason NCAA tournament.Learn more about Classic Sports