The Big Ten has announced that starting next season they will abandon their terrible "neutral" site hockey tournament, and move it back into college arenas where it belongs. The surprising part is that it will be played over 3 weekends.
The first weekend will be best-of-3 quarterfinals, with 7th place at 2nd place, 6th place at 3rd place, and 5th place at 4th place. The conference champions will receive a bye.
The second weekend will be single game semifinals, with the lowest quarterfinal winner at the conference champion, and the second lowest quarterfinal winner at the highest quarterfinal winner.
The third weekend will be a single-game championship, hosted by the higher remaining seed.
The single game semifinals are because (1) Wisconsin and Ohio State don't have hockey arenas, so scheduling will be easier if either of them ever manage to host a semifinal, and (2) it's the same weekend as the Big Ten basketball tournament, and the powers that be can ensure that nobody is playing hockey at the same time their fans are watching a basketball game. It will be interesting to see if the semifinals are Friday/Saturday, Saturday/Sunday, or something else entirely.
All in all, this is a very positive move--neutral site hockey has proven again and again to be awful in so many different ways.
How? I do not know.
- North Dakota (43)
- Quinnipiac (1)
- Boston University (5)
- Boston College (1)
- St. Cloud State
- Notre Dame
- Bowling Green
- St. Lawrence
- Michigan Tech
- Minnesota State
- Ferris State
Hire Mel Pearson, etc etc. Since I know that'll cross my mind multiple times this season.
Recently my new BFF It's Harambe took on the thankless task of asking his fellow MgoBloggers to rank the top 25 Michigan athletes of all time. As the list was revealed it was clear to this reader that some of the most notable players who competed during the athletic stone age (pre-internet) had been forgotten about. This weekly diary will take a look at the more notable players from our past to remind everyone of what they did and why they deserve to be honored and remembered.
"He was the best Freshman, the best Sophomore, he was the best Junior, and now he's the best player in the country."
Michigan center John Madden
Like baseball, our storied hockey past was seemingly overlooked by pollsters when selecting the greatest athletes in Michigan history. With many players to choose from I thought it was appropriate to lead with the player who scored arguably the most memorable single goal in Michigan hockey history.
After playing one year in British Columbia Morrison joined the team in 1993. He had also been approached by the Denver Pioneers and the Maine Black Bears to join their school teams, but ultimately chose Michigan. Registering 48 points (20 goals and 28 assists) over 38 games as a freshman, Morrison was named the CCHA Rookie of the Year for the 1993–94 season. He played on a line with fellow freshman Jason Botterill; the two played together throughout their college career. In the 1994 playoffs, he helped the Wolverines to a CCHA championship. Playing in his sophomore year (1994–95), Morrison improved to 76 points (23 goals and 43 assists) over 39 games and received his first of three consecutive CCHA First Team All-Star selections.
With 72 points over 45 games in 1995–96, Morrison received his first of back-to-back CCHA Player of the Year awards. He added 15 points in 7 post-season games to capture his second CCHA championship with the Wolverines. Advancing to the 1996 NCAA Tournament, Michigan advanced to the final against the Colorado College Tigers. Morrison scored the championship-winning goal 3:35 into overtime to win the game 3–2.
Red Berenson, the Michigan coach, teased Morrison afterward, saying, "Brendan, what took you so long?" Bach had been moved to the other side of his goal by a quick pass, Greg Crozier to Bill Muckalt, followed by a pass from Muckalt to Morrison. The puck was rolling by then, and Morrison gave it a poke. The goalie could not get back in time to snuff the little shot that was Morrison's 28th goal of the season. It was the Wolverines' first national title in 32 years. In addition to receiving NCAA Tournament MVP honors, Morrison was named to the NCAA West Regional and NCAA All-Tournament Teams.
Morrison was named team captain in his senior year. He totaled college personal bests that season of 31 goals, 57 assists and 88 points over 43 games, culminating in a Hobey Baker Award as the NCAA's most outstanding player; Morrison had been a finalist for the award the previous two years. The Wolverines repeated as CCHA champions, but lost to the Boston University Terriers in the NCAA semifinal. Morrison completed his four-year college career as the Wolverines' all-time points leader with 284, surpassing Denny Felsner. His points total also ranked seventh all-time among NCAA players.
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