What would it be like growing up as the son of a well-known NHL Hockey player? Just ask Penn State sophomore Tommy Olczyk, who is one of the top players on Penn State’s men’s ice hockey team. Olczyk is the son of former NHL standout Ed Olczyk, who played 16 years in the NHL, helping the New York Rangers capture the 1994 Stanley Cup. Ed currently serves as a color commentator on NHL on NBC, NHL on NBC Sports Network and for the Chicago Blackhawks on Comcast SportsNet Chicago.
It would be easy to judge a book by its cover. But when it comes to 2014 US Olympic hockey player Amanda Kessel, the true story lies in all the pages in between.
Outdoor hockey games are all the rage and the next one happens Friday night at Minnesota as part of our weekly Frozen Friday Big Ten men’s hockey doubleheader on BTN/BTN2Go (see the full TV schedule here). The Gophers take on Ohio State at 9 p.m. ET on a rink built in the middle of TCF Bank Stadium’s field.
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It’s going to be cold for Friday night’s Hockey City Classic between Ohio State and Minnesota at TCF Bank Stadium (9 p.m. ET, BTN/BTN2Go). In fact, according to weather.com, 11 degrees is the high for Minneapolis on Friday. That’s cold. And to help students combat the frigid conditions, the team will hand out one of the better giveaways we’ve seen in some time. See it in this post.
The top-ranked Minnesota men’s hockey team padded its lead atop the Big Ten standings by downing Penn State, 5-2, at Pegula Ice Arena in University Park, Pa. Monday night. Sam Warning snapped a 14-game goalless drought with a pair of goals to guide the Gophers to a series sweep in the first-ever conference series at the new PSU hockey facility.
One of these days, new Penn State football coach James Franklin will get to relax and catch up on some sleep. Not yet, though, as Franklin has engagement after engagement on campus and plenty of people to meet. On Monday night, the former Vanderbilt coach took in the hockey game vs. No. 1 Minnesota. Franklin was kind enough to stop by our broadcast booth for an interview. Watch our interview with Franklin in this post.
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Big Ten Hockey is here and BTN’s first “Frozen Friday” kicked off with a bang! Ohio State junior forward Ryan Dzingel put his name into the record books, scoring the first hat trick in a Big Ten men’s ice hockey game.