On Thursday, the six Big Ten hockey coaches participated in a teleconference to take questions from the media ahead of the 2016-2017 season. You can listen to what each coach had to say in the audio player below.
Three-time Big Ten Champion Minnesota was tabbed the favorite in the 2016-17 Big Ten hockey preseason coaches’ poll, the conference announced on Monday. Minnesota completed the 2015-16 campaign with a conference record of 14-6-0-0 (20-17-0 overall) and reached the championship game of the 2016 Big Ten Tournament. Ohio State was selected second in the preseason poll, with defending Big Ten Tournament Champion Michigan capturing third, Penn State taking fourth, Wisconsin placing fifth and Michigan State rounding out the poll in sixth. The coaches also selected a 13-member Preseason Watch list, including four unanimous selections in Minnesota’s Justin Kloos and Eric
BTN today announced the launch of an all-new BTN2Go, the number one sports destination for Big Ten fans and alumni, featuring immense user personalization, new school-specific video content, improved social features and integrated tools such as school emojis to enhance the fan experience. With the new and improved BTN2Go, users can now enjoy a hyper-personalized experience where they’ll always be in the know on the latest and greatest with their favorite school. With BTN2Go, fans will now have instant access to original video content direct from both their favorite athletic department and BTN, curated key social content and quick access
The 2016 ESPY Awards took place Wednesday night in Los Angeles. The annual awards ceremony was filled with memorable moments, including a touching speech from TNT analyst Craig Sager, who was honored with this year’s Jimmy V award. In honor of the ESPY Awards, I went ahead and made up a Big Ten-themed award list of my own, honoring the top performances of the past academic sports year in Big Ten athletics. Here is what I got. Did I miss one? Tweet me your thoughts, @BTNSean. All opinions welcomed! BIG TEN AWARD WINNERS Best Male Athlete: Denzel Valentine, Michigan State
If you’re a subscriber on BTN Plus, you know that BTN Student U is the leading production branch of BTN’s Big Ten Olympic Sports coverage. These crews produce more than 1,000 live events each year. Student U cultivates real world experience for more than 500 students per year with events that stream live on BTN2Go or air on delay on BTN. Our team went ahead and compiled some of the best moments from 2015-2016. Have a look in the video above. BTN Plus programming includes non-televised games and events like these on BTN2Go with a purchase of a BTN Plus subscription.
The University of Minnesota women’s hockey team defeated previously undefeated and top-seeded Boston College, 3-1, to earn its seventh national championship at Whittemore Center Arena in Durham, New Hampshire, on Sunday afternoon. [ MORE: Relive the official NCAA tourney bracket ] Minnesota’s Sarah Potomak put the Gophers up 1-0 in the first 13 seconds of the game with an assist from Hannah Brandt and Megan Wolfe. Amanda Kessell tallied another score in the third period with an assist from Potomak, and Kelly Pannek netted Minnesota’s final goal with an assist from Lee Stecklein. Minnesota, which owns a collegiate record seven
No. 2-seeded Michigan beat No. 1 Minnesota 5-3 in the Big Ten Hockey Tournament championship game at Xcel Energy Center.
#GOPHERS WIN! #GWH pic.twitter.com/iE78MqeTRW — Minnesota W Hockey (@GopherWHockey) March 19, 2016 Sarah Potomak scored the game-winning goal in overtime to give Minnesota a 3-2 win over rival Wisconsin. The goal sends the Golden Gophers to their fifth-straight national championship game at the Whittemore Center Arena Friday night. [ MORE: NCAA.com women’s hockey bracket ] Potomak’s game-winner came at the 15:00 mark of overtime when she picked off a Badger defenseman in the UW zone and fired it past Badger netminder Ann-Renee Desbiens to seal the 3-2 win. Minnesota (34-4-1) received goals from Taylor Williamson and Amanda Kessel during regulation. Lee
On Tuesday, the six Big Ten men’s hockey coaches held a teleconference with reporters from around the country to preview the Big Ten Hockey Tournament. Dive in and hear from each coach. Don’t forget that every game of the 2016 Big Ten Men’s Hockey Tournament will air live on BTN (and BTN2Go) from Thursday through Saturday’s title game. All games are at the the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Minnesota is the No. 1 seed and earns a first-round bye, and so does No. 2 seed Michigan. Thursday, March 17 #6 Wisconsin vs. #3 Penn State – 5 p.m. ET
Every game of the 2016 Big Ten Men’s Hockey Tournament will air live on BTN, as well as on BTN2Go. The tournament runs Thursday-Saturday at the the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Minnesota, which claimed its third consecutive Big Ten crown in Saturday night’s win vs. Wisconsin, is the No. 1 seed and earns a first-round bye, along with No. 2 seed Michigan. Thursday, March 17 #6 Wisconsin vs. #3 Penn State – 5 p.m. ET on BTN (also available live on BTN2Go) #5 Michigan State vs. #4 Ohio State – 8:30 p.m. ET on BTN (also available