No individual embodies Penn State hockey like Joe Battista. As Associate Athletic Director for Ice Arena and Hockey Development, Battista knows the program inside and out. He played, coached, recruited, built it, even. The “godfather” of the team, he’s been through it all. Legitimizing high-level hockey at Penn State has been a century-long struggle.
Earlier today, BTN.com streamed the Big Ten Hockey Media Day live for hockey fans looking to get ready for the conference’s inaugural men’s hockey season. You can still watch the entire even for free via this link, but we also carved out each of the six coaches’ media sessions in this post. Watch them all below.
It’s tough to find an individual more emblematic of Wisconsin hockey than Mike Eaves. The Badgers’ head coach, all-time leading scorer, 1977 national champion and head coach of the 2006 title team has been around for it all. From the earliest days of Big Ten hockey, where informal standings were kept between schools and a trophy given out for the best record (there weren’t enough teams for a Big Ten conference) to the emergence of the new Big Ten, as a player and coach, Eaves’ knowledge bridges that gap.
BTN.com and the Big Ten Digital Network will stream the inaugural Big Ten Hockey Media Day live from the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota this day morning. Starting at 10 a.m. ET, watch the coaches answer questions from reporters live via this Big Ten Digital Network live stream.
BTN will provide unprecedented coverage of men’s ice hockey in 2013-14, the inaugural Big Ten Hockey season, including eight straight weeks of “Frozen Friday” doubleheaders in January and February and the 2014 Hockey City Classic at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
The puck is about to drop on the inaugural Big Ten hockey season, so BTN.com’s Jeremy Woo takes a look at the programs’ greatest moments. Relive the top feats for Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State and Wisconsin in this post. Where’s Penn State? The program makes its varsity debut this season, and it’s only a matter of time before it creates moments of its own.
Northwestern pubs itself as “Chicago’s Big Ten Team.” So, it only makes since that the Wildcats would honor the Chicago Blackhawks for their Stanley Cup championship the first chance they got. During Saturday night’s home opener vs. Syracuse, Northwestern did just that.