BIG 10 HOCKEY THIS WEEK

  • The 2019-20 Big Ten hockey season opens on Friday night, with all seven teams taking the ice for nonconference competition …
  • Penn State was tabbed the favorite in the 2019-20 Big Ten hockey preseason coaches’ poll. Notre Dame was selected second, with Wisconsin capturing third …
  • The coaches also selected Preseason All-Big Ten teams, highlighted by a pair of 2018-19 individual award winners. All seven schools were represented on the Preseason All-Big Ten teams, led by Michigan State and Penn State with four honorees each …
  • The preseason teams also include eight students who were Academic All-Big Ten honorees last season in Michigan State’s Patrick Khodorenko and Jerad Rosburg, Notre Dame’s Cal Burke and Cale Morris, Ohio State’s Tanner Laczynski, Penn State’s Alex Limoges and Kris Myllari, and Wisconsin’s Wyatt Kalynuk …
  • Four Big Ten teams appear in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls this week. Notre Dame is ranked No. 8 in the USCHO.com poll and No. 9 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll. Penn State follows at No. 13/10, Ohio State checks in at No. 12/14, while Wisconsin rounds out the list at No. 16/15. Michigan is receiving votes in the USCHO.com poll, while Minnesota is receiving votes in both …
  • The 2019-20 Big Ten hockey regular season will feature the most extensive slate of television coverage in college hockey, with more than 70 total games. The lineup is highlighted by a package of 26 national broadcasts to be carried on BTN, seven broadcasts on NBCSN, two broadcasts on both NHL Network and ESPNU, and a game on FS1 …
  • Big Ten rosters will feature five 2019 NHL first-round draft picks this season: Michigan’s Cam York (No. 14) and John Beecher (No. 30), Minnesota’s Ryan Johnson (No. 31), and Wisconsin’s Alex Turcotte (No. 5) and Cole Caufield (No. 15). In all, Big Ten rosters feature 55 players who have been selected in the NHL Draft …
  • Nearly nine percent of NHL players came from Big Ten schools in 2018-19, as 87 standouts from Big Ten programs competed in the NHL, an average of 12.4 per school. For those who do not continue playing hockey, the Big Ten provides access to some of the largest alumni networks in the world with 5.7 million alumni and nearly 580,000 students …
  • Every Big Ten program ranked among the top 11 on the national attendance list for the 2018-19 season. Wisconsin led the way in second with 10,044 fans per game, followed by Minnesota (third, 7,944), Ohio State (fourth, 6,437), Penn State (seventh, 5,801), Michigan (eighth, 5,628), Michigan State (10th, 5,461) and Notre Dame (11th, 5,368). Combined, Big Ten programs averaged 6,662 fans per game …