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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.[1]

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/LaBahn Arena (for 2020-21)

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.[2] 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.[3][4]. 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.[3][4]

References[edit | edit source]

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