Gopher Women's Hockey was named as the top team in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association's annual preseason coaches' poll on September 12, heading into the 2017-2018 season. Minnesota earned 4 of the 7 first-place votes and 34 points in the poll.
Minnesota edged Wisconsin as the Badgers posted 33 points with three first-place votes. Minnesota Duluth and Ohio State tied for third in the poll with 23 points each. Bemidji State (14 points), St. Cloud State (11 points), and Minnesota State (9 points) rounded out the poll.
The league also announced a pair of individual player awards, with Gopher freshman forward Grace Zumwinkle named as the conference's Preseason Rookie of the Year, earning four votes. UMD's Ashton Bell, Bemidji State's Clair DeGeorge, and Ohio State's Emma Maltais each earned one vote.
Ohio State junior goaltender Kassidy Sauve earned the award as the WCHA Preseason Player of the Year with 6 votes. Wisconsin sophomore Abby Roque earned one vote.