While the well-deserved hype in North Dakota is surrounding football with both Carson Wentz, and the NDSU Bison, the Fighting Hawks of UND have a hockey title to defend in the upcoming season, and the conference media has taken notice.

Earlier today, six players were named to the 2016-17 NCHC Preseason All-Conference Team, as voted on by the conference media. Two of those players are University of North Dakota sophomore forward Brock Boeser and junior goaltender Cam Johnson.

Last season, Boeser was the leading scorer in the conference with 60 points in 42 games. In 24 NCHC games, he also led the conference with 20 goals and 35 points. This helped him to be named the NCHC Rookie of the Year. He was the only player unanimously selected to this year's preseason all-conference team.

As for Johnson, he received 27 or a possible 30 points in being voted for the preseason achievement. Last season, he had a record of 24-4-2, with only a 1.66 goals against average, while also setting a UND record with .935 save percentage during his first season in a starting role. Johnson also achieved a school-record shutout streak of 298 minutes and 25 seconds, which is the second longest in the history of NCAA Division I men's hockey.

The Fighting Hawks will look to defend their title in the 2016-17 season, as they begin with an exhibition game on Saturday, October 1, against the University of Manitoba.

Hockey is right around the corner so don't forget about those guys up in Grand Forks. This just in: they're pretty good.

Source: UND Sports