(Neate used to take care of these, and I don't know if we really established who would take care of the weekly post this year. Was it supposed to be Evan? I'll just jump in and beg for forgiveness later.)
The CIS just released the first Men's Hockey Top 10 for 2010-11:
(regular season record) / (votes – first-place votes) / (previous rankings)
1. Alberta (3-1-0) / 159 pts (2) / (-)
2. McGill (4-0-0) / 139 (6) / (-)
3. UNB (1-1-0) / 116 (7) / (-)
4. StFX (2-0-0) / 107 / (-)
5. Saint Mary’s (1-1-0) / 91 (2) / (-)
6. Saskatchewan (2-2-0) / 59 (2) / (-) [No #1 votes for UofS!]
7. Moncton (2-0-0) / 49 (1) / (-)
8. Ryerson (4-1-0) / 43 / (-)
9. Manitoba (1-1-0) / 41 / (-)
10. Western Ontario (2-0-1) / 38 / (-)
Other teams receiving votes: Waterloo (37), Wilfrid Laurier (28), Concordia (27), Queen’s (23), Acadia (10), UPEI (5), Regina (5), Lakehead (4), Windsor (3), Calgary (2), UQTR (2), Carleton (1), Guelph (1).
What is interesting to note is that UNB had the most first place votes, seven, while Alberta had only two, and yet Alberta gets the overall number one rankings. So most voters preferred UNB or McGill for 1st, and then Alberta for 2nd in the rankings. In politics you call that coming up the middle in a split vote. On the other hand many voters (McGill lovers?) punished UNB for losing a close game to UPEI, and maybe forgetting that the V-Reds went 8-0 in the preseason, including a decisive win over Alberta? Interesting to see Ryerson in the Top 10 for the first time in who knows how long.
Update: The CIS story has now been released:
CIS Men’s Hockey Top 10 (#1): Alberta opens at No. 1, University Cup champion Huskies No. 5
Note: The first release from the CIS on their website, that I copied and pasted originally into this post, had two #1 votes for Saskatchewan (20 voters in total). Then the later CIS release with the rankings plus story, that I linked to above, had no #1 votes for Saskatchewan (18 voters in total). So it appears there is/was a mistake from the CIS reflected in my original post.