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Minnesota and Penn State Earn Three Stars Honors

McLaughlin earns First Star accolades after posting a nation-leading seven points to help the Gophers sweep Arizona State 


First Star

Blake McLaughlin, Minnesota

F – Jr. – Grand Rapids, Minn.


  • Paced the nation with seven points on the weekend to help the Gophers sweep Arizona State
  • Recorded a career-high four points on two goals and a pair of assists in Thursday’s 10-0 win, including the game-winning goal
  • Added two goals and an assist in Friday’s 10-2 finale, including Minnesota’s second shorthanded goal of the season
  • Earns his third career weekly award and first of the season
  • Last Minnesota honoree: Sampo Ranta (Second Star) on Jan. 5, 2021
  • Last Minnesota First Star: Jack LaFontaine on Dec. 15, 2020


Second Star 

Brannon McManus, Minnesota  

F – Sr. – Newport Beach, Calif.


  • Tied for the NCAA lead with four goals over the last week as No. 4/4 Minnesota swept Arizona State
  • Notched a career-high four points in Thursday’s 10-0 win, including his second career hat trick and Minnesota’s first natural hat trick since 2014
  • Followed up with a goal and a helper in Friday’s 10-2 finale
  • Claims his fifth career weekly honor and first of the season
  • Last Minnesota honoree: Sampo Ranta (Second Star) on Jan. 5, 2021


Third Star 

Connor McMenamin, Penn State 

F – So. – Collegeville, Pa.


  • Recorded five points, highlighted by a game-winning goal, to help the Nittany Lions split the weekend with No. 12/12 Wisconsin
  • Tied the Penn State single-game record for points, factoring into every Nittany Lion goal during Friday’s 5-4 victory
  • His five points and four assists are both new career bests and mark his third multi-point game this season and the fourth of his career
  • Claims his first career weekly honor
  • Last Penn State honoree: Kevin Wall (Third Star) on Jan. 13, 2020



2020-21 Big Ten Hockey Three Stars


Nov. 17     

First Star: Strauss Mann, Jr., G, MICH

Second Star: Robbie Beydoun, Sr., G, WIS

Third Star: Kent Johnson, Fr., F, MICH


Nov. 25     

First Star: Cole Caufield, So., F, WIS

Second Star: Drew DeRidder, Jr., G, MSU

Third Star: Thomas Bordeleau, Fr., F, MICH


Dec. 1        

First Star: Ryan Bischel, So., G, ND

Second Star: Tommy Nappier, Sr.,G, OSU

Third Star: Tavis Treloar, Fr., F, OSU


Dec. 8        

First Star: Scott Reedy, Sr., F, MINN

Second Star: Cameron Rowe, Fr., G, WIS

Third Star: Jack LaFontaine, Sr., G, MINN


Dec. 15     

First Star: Jack LaFontaine, Sr., G, MINN

Second Star: Alex Limoges, Sr., F, PSU

Third Star: Ben Meyers, So., F, MINN


Dec. 23   

First Star: Drew DeRidder, Jr., G, MSU

Second Star: Tommy Miller,  Sr., D, MSU

Third Star: Tommy Apap, Sr., F, MSU


Jan. 5   

First Star: Drew DeRidder, Jr., G, MSU

Second Star: Sampo Ranta, Jr., F, MINN

Third Star: Oskar Autio, Jr., G, PSU


Jan. 13  

First Star: Kent Johnson, Fr., F, MICH

Second Star: Max Ellis, So., F, ND

Third Star: Kevin Wall, So., F, PSU


Jan. 19  

First Star: Graham Slaggert, Jr., F, ND

Second Star: Nick Blankenburg, Jr., D, MICH

Third Star: Cameron Rowe, Fr., G, WIS


Jan. 26

First Star: Blake McLaughlin, Jr., F, MINN

Second Star: Brannon McManus, Sr., F, MINN

Third Star: Connor McMenamin, So., F, PSU