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This is the 2017-18 Big Ten Conference men's ice hockey season. This is the conference's 5th season.

Change in Conference Tournament Format[edit | edit source]

Due to the poor attendance of the neutral site tournaments, and the addition of Notre Dame as a Big Ten team in hockey, the 2018 tournament will introduce a new three-week playoff format. In the first round, the No. 1 team in the regular season conference standings receives a bye, and the remaining six play in a set of best-of-three series.[1] The winners of these three playoff series, along with the No. 1 team, will then participate in two semifinal games. Their winners will advance to the Big Ten championship game.[2][3]

All games will be held at the home arena of the highest seed in each match-up, rather than a neutral site. Unlike other playoff-style conference tournaments in college hockey, the Big Ten will only use single-game semifinals and finals to reduce the likelihood of conflicts with other events that may be scheduled at team arenas.[2][3]


Membership changes[edit | edit source]

  • The University of Notre Dame announced that the men's hockey program will leave Hockey East after the 2016-17 season and join the Big Ten Conference as an associate member for men's ice hockey only.

Membership[edit | edit source]

Institution Location Nickname Arena
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Michigan Wolverines Yost Ice Arena
Michigan State University East Lansing, Michigan Spartans Munn Ice Arena
The Ohio State University Columbus, Ohio Buckeyes Jerome Schottenstein Center
Pennsylvania State University University Park, Pennsylvania Nittany Lions Pegula Ice Arena
University of Minnesota Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota Golden Gophers Mariucci Arena
University of Notre Dame South Bend, Indiana Fighting Irish Compton Family Ice Arena
(Charles W. "Lefty" Smith Jr. Rink)
University of Wisconsin–Madison Madison, Wisconsin Badgers Kohl Center

Standings[edit | edit source]

Big Ten Conference Overall Record
Team GP W L T GF GA Pts GP W L T GF GA
Notre Dame Fighting Irish 24 17 6 1 66 47 53 40 28 10 2 117 87
Ohio State Buckeyes 24 14 8 2 77 55 45 41 26 10 5 131 85
Michigan Wolverines 24 11 10 3 70 72 38 40 22 15 3 136 121
Penn State Nittany Lions 24 9 10 5 76 73 34 38 18 15 5 138 120
Minnesota Golden Gophers 24 10 12 2 65 69 33 38 19 17 2 102 100
Wisconsin Badgers 24 8 13 3 69 83 28 37 14 19 4 115 124
Michigan State Spartans 24 6 16 2 53 77 21 36 12 22 2 91 117

Conference Tournament[edit | edit source]

Format[edit | edit source]

See Above

Quarterfinals[edit | edit source]

Semifinals[edit | edit source]

Final[edit | edit source]

2018 Big Ten champions Notre Dame Fighting Irish

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Big Ten Announces Conference Schedule for 2017-18 Hockey Season. Big Ten Conference (May 4, 2017). Retrieved on 21 June 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Dilks, Chris (September 30, 2016). Big Ten Officially Approves On-Campus Playoffs. Retrieved on 20 June 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Gonzalez, Jason (May 20, 2016). Big Ten hockey in process of approving new on-campus playoff format. Retrieved on 20 June 2017.
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