The Gopher Hockey program has been tabbed as the favorite to win the Big Ten Conference in 2020-21 while four Maroon & Gold skaters have received preseason honors from the league.
The Big Ten announced the 2020-21 Big Ten Preseason Poll and Preseason All-Big Ten Hockey Teams on Monday morning with Minnesota leading the conference poll ahead of Michigan in second, Notre Dame and Ohio State tied for third, Wisconsin in fifth, Michigan State in sixth and Penn State in seventh.
Additionally, junior forward Sammy Walker led the Gophers with a spot on the 2020-21 Preseason All-Big Ten Hockey First Team while senior forward Brannon McManus and sophomore defenseman Jackson LaCombe landed on the Preseason All-Big Ten Second Team. Sophomore forward Ben Meyers received honorable mention accolades.
Gopher head coach Bob Motzko spoke with MNN sports correspondent Corbu Stathes about the upcoming season:
(info and photos courtesy of Gopher Sports)