CCHA Preseason All-Conference Teams include 3 Wolverines, 1 Spartan

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Michigan junior Jon Merrill earns preseason first-team honors.

The Central Collegiate Hockey Association announced their 2012 Preseason All-Conference teams on Tuesday, which included three players from the Michigan Wolverines and one from the Michigan State Spartans.

Junior defenseman Jon Merrill from Michigan was selected to the CCHA preseason first-team voted on by the 11 CCHA head coaches. Merrill received eight first-team votes to tie for second in total voting points among all players with 44 points. Notre Dame forward T.J. Tynan was the leader with 48 points, including nine first-team votes.

Players of note on the second-team include Michigan sophomore forward Alex Guptill, the CCHA Rookie of the Year in 2011-12. Also named to the second team were Michigan senior defenseman Lee Moffie (three first-team votes) and Michigan State junior goaltender Will Yanakeff.

Exhibition play in the CCHA is set to begin this weekend while both Michigan State (Monday) and Michigan (Tuesday) begin play early next week against the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League.

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