Hockey Postseason Honors Announced
March 13, 2017
ROSEMONT, Ill. -- The Big Ten Conference announced the hockey All-Big Ten teams and individual award winners on Monday as selected by the conference’s coaches and a media panel. Minnesota’s Tyler Sheehy was named Big Ten Player of the Year, while also earning Co-Scoring Champion honors with Ohio State’s Mason Jobst. Minnesota’s Eric Schierhorn was named the Goaltender of the Year for the second consecutive season, while teammate Jake Bischoff was tabbed the Defensive Player of the Year, which is awarded to a defenseman or forward. Wisconsin’s Trent Frederic collected Freshman of the Year laurels, while Badger head coach Tony Granato was selected as the Coach of the Year.
Sheehy was tabbed Player of the Year after leading the conference with 14 goals and sharing the lead with Jobst with 34 points in conference play. The sophomore averaged a conference-leading 1.70 points per game in conference action to pace an offense that led all Big Ten schools with 3.95 goals per game in conference contests.
Schierhorn led the conference with 14 wins in conference play en route to Goaltender of the Year honors. He also paced all Big Ten goalies with a 2.76 goals-against average in conference play, including a shutout against Michigan State.
Bischoff was named Defensive Player of the Year after leading all Big Ten defensemen with 18 points and 15 assists in conference games. Seven of his points came on the power play, tallying a goal and six assists on the man advantage to tie for the lead among all Big Ten defensemen in conference contests. The Golden Gophers led the conference in scoring defense in Big Ten play.
Granato won Coach of the Year honors after leading Wisconsin to a 19-14-1 overall record and a 12-8-0-0 conference mark his first season at the helm. The Badgers earned the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the Big Ten Tournament.
Bischoff, Jobst, Schierhorn and Sheehy were joined on the All-Big Ten first team by Minnesota’s Justin Kloos and Penn State’s Vince Pedrie. The second team consisted of Ohio State’s Christian Frey, Josh Healey and Nick Schilkey, and Wisconsin’s Frederic, Luke Kunin and Jake Linhart.
Frederic, a unanimous All-Freshman Team selection, was joined by Minnesota’s Ryan Lindgren and Rem Pitlick and Penn State’s Peyton Jones, Kris Myllari and Denis Smirnov.
The Big Ten also recognized six Sportsmanship Award honorees. The students chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. These students must also be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting. This season's honorees are Michigan’s Sam Piazza, Michigan State’s Joe Cox, Minnesota’s Vinni Lettieri, Ohio State’s Logan Davis, Penn State’s David Goodwin and Wisconsin’s Aidan Cavallini.
The complete All-Big Ten teams, as well as a list of other honorees, can be found in the PDF linked above.