The 2-week tournament will have an unusual format:
Week 1--6th place team at 3rd place team and 5th place team at 4th place team (best-of-3 series, Friday and Saturday, plus Sunday if necessary)
Week 2--A 4-team tournament (single-elimination, Friday and Saturday), hosted by the regular season champion.
The good news is that there could easily be a Big Ten hockey tournament at Yost Arena in a couple of years. The bad news is that the 2nd-place team in the conference will not be able to play any conference tournament games at home, while the 3rd and 4th place teams will each have at least 2 home games in the conference tournament.