This is the 2020-21 Big Ten Conference men's ice hockey season. This is the conference's 8th season.
Membership changes[edit | edit source]
- None, but due to not being able to have fans in arenas for at least the early part of the season the Wisconsin Badgers move their home games to the LaBahn Arena, which is next to their normal home; the Kohl Center. This move was mostly financially motivated as it would save the university money ($4,000 to $5,000 per change) on change overs to the arena and an addition savings by not having to put ice in at the Kohl Center.
Membership[edit | edit source]
Standings[edit | edit source]
To be added upon completion of the season
Conference Tournament[edit | edit source]
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 2019 tournament introduced 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. 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.. The tournament champion advances to the 2021 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.
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.
References[edit | edit source]
- Big Ten Announces Conference Schedule for 2017-18 Hockey Season. Big Ten Conference (May 4, 2017). Retrieved on 21 June 2017.
- Dilks, Chris (September 30, 2016). Big Ten Officially Approves On-Campus Playoffs. Retrieved on 20 June 2017.
- Gonzalez, Jason (May 20, 2016). Big Ten hockey in process of approving new on-campus playoff format. Retrieved on 20 June 2017.