Big Ten Weekly Hockey Release - Oct. 9
Oct. 9, 2013
ROSEMONT, Ill. -
BIG TEN MEDAL OF HONOR 100TH ANNIVERSARY SPOTLIGHT - Michigan's Carl Hagelin: Before opening a successful career with the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League over the past two seasons, Michigan forward Carl Hagelin stood out both on the ice and in the classroom in Ann Arbor. He was awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2011, the same year that he was named a second-team All-America selection.
Opening Faceoff: The Big Ten opens its inaugural season of men's hockey with six programs that have combined to record 23 NCAA championships, 246 All-Americans and nine Hobey Baker Award winners. Michigan leads the nation with nine NCAA championships followed by Wisconsin (fourth place with six national championships), Minnesota (fifth, five) and Michigan State (eighth, three).
Fresh Ice: Penn State will open the 6,000-seat Pegula Ice Arena on Oct. 11, when the team welcomes Army to "Hockey Valley".
Big Ten in the NHL: With 63 players earning spots on NHL opening-night rosters, Big Ten schools have certainly made their mark on the league. Wisconsin led all programs across the nation with 17 players on NHL opening-night rosters, followed by Michigan (15 players), Michigan State (14), Minnesota (12) and Ohio State (five).
Badgers Tabbed Big Ten Favorite: Wisconsin has been chosen as the preseason favorite for the 2013-14 regular season conference title as voted on by the Big Ten coaches. Minnesota, which like Wisconsin earned a berth in the NCAA Championship last season, was voted to finish second this season.
Experience Behind the Bench: Three active Big Ten coaches have amassed at least 200 wins in their careers. Michigan's Red Berenson is the conference's active wins leader (770), followed by Minnesota's Don Lucia (623) and Wisconsin's Mike Eaves (231). Berenson, Lucia and Eaves have all coached teams to NCAA championships, with Berenson and Lucia each recording a pair of titles.
Breaking Ties: During regular season Big Ten contests, shootouts will be utilized to decide games that remain tied following the conclusion of the five-minute overtime period. Each team will select three players with teams alternating shots. If the shootout remains tied at the end of three rounds, each team will select a different shooter in a sudden-death situation.
Setting the Schedules: The conference schedule is a 20-game slate with each team playing the other five members four times Points in the regular season Big Ten standings will be awarded as follows: three points for a regulation or overtime win, two points for a shootout win, one point for a shootout loss and no points for a regulation or overtime loss.
Tournament Time: The inaugural Big Ten Men's Ice Hockey Tournament will be held March 20-22, 2014, at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minn. The tournament will feature all six teams in a single-elimination format. Subsequent tournaments will be played at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit in 2015 and 2017 and the Xcel Energy Center in 2016.
Filling the Seats: Big Ten programs occupied four of the top 10 spots on the national attendance list last season, including Minnesota (second with 9,950 fans per game), Wisconsin (third, 9,521), Michigan State (eighth, 5,869) and Michigan (10th, 5,357).