A PDF version of the Big Ten media guide is available here: https://bit.ly/2xWLGQJ


• The 2018-19 Big Ten hockey season opens Saturday, with five teams taking the ice for nonconference and exhibition competition.


• Ohio State was tabbed the favorite in the 2018-19 Big Ten hockey preseason coaches’ poll. Michigan was selected second in the preseason poll, with defending Big Ten Champion Notre Dame capturing third. Full preseason poll results can be found below.


• The Preseason Watch List features 15 standouts due to ties, with six unanimous selections in Michigan’s Quinn Hughes, Michigan State’s Taro Hirose, 2018 Big Ten Player of the Year Cale Morris from Notre Dame, Ohio State’s Tanner Laczynski and Mason Jobst, and Wisconsin’s Wyatt Kalynuk. The full list of honorees can be found below.


• The Preseason Watch List included nine students who were Academic All-Big Ten honorees last season in Michigan’s Jake Slaker, Michigan State’s Patrick Khodorenko and Hirose, Minnesota’s Rem Pitlick and Tyler Sheehy, Notre Dame’s Morris, Ohio State’s Dakota Joshua and Laczynski, and Penn State’s Denis Smirnov.


• The Big Ten welcomes a new coach this season as Bob Motzko becomes the 15th head coach in Minnesota hockey history.


• The 2018-19 Big Ten hockey regular season will feature an extensive slate of television coverage, with at least 55 total games. The lineup is highlighted by a package of 23 national broadcasts to be carried on BTN, two broadcasts on ESPNU and the first college hockey game on FS1. Full details can be found on Page 2.


• The Big Ten Conference will follow a new overtime protocol and points system for the 2018-19 season, including the addition of a 3-on-3 overtime period. Any regular season conference game that remains tied after regulation will play the NCAA-mandated five-minute, 5-on-5 sudden-death overtime period. If the game remains tied, the two teams will then play a five-minute, 3-on-3 sudden-death overtime period. If the game is still tied following both overtime periods, then the game will move to a sudden-death shootout.


• Teams will be awarded three points in the conference standings for a win in regulation or the 5-on-5 overtime period. If the game is tied following the 5-on-5 overtime, both teams will receive one point, with a second point being awarded to the team that wins in either the 3-on-3 overtime period or the shootout.