On Monday, the B1G announced its men’s hockey postseason honors, with Penn State’s Cole Hults taking away the top honor of Player of the Year, as well as Defensive Player of the Year.
However, the Wisconsin Badgers were also well represented in the list of honorees.
Freshman forward, Cole Caufield, who was the B1G scoring champ with 19 goals, took home Freshman of the Year honors.
Caufield, a native of Stevens Point who also earned All-Freshman Team honors, shared the national lead among freshman with 19 goals and finished second in the B1G in points, with 36 (19 goals, 17 assists).
Caufield is the first Badger to take home freshman honors since 2017, when Trent Frederic did so. Caufield is also the seventh Badger to be named conference freshman of the year.
- Mark Johnson, WCHA 1977
- Mike Richter, WCHA 1986
- Curtis Joseph, WCHA 1989
- Jim Carey, WCHA 1993
- Dany Heatley, WCHA 2000
- Trent Frederic, B1G 2017
- Cole Caufield, B1G 2020
Caufield, along with junior Wyatt Kalynuk were both named first-team All-B1G.
Kalynuk, had received honorable mention honors as a freshman and second-team honors as a sophomore, before earning first-team honors as a junior.
Kalynuk, who was also named a B1G Sportsmanship Award Honoree, led B1G defensemen with six goals in conference play. Kalynuk finished second among defensemen, with 28 points (7 goals, 21 assists) in all games.
This is the first time since 2014 that Wisconsin has had two first-team All-B1G selections.
Sophomore’s Roman Ahcan and K’Andre Miller both earned honorable mention honors.
Ahcan shared the league lead with four game-winning goals and finished the season with 25 points (14 goals, 11 assists). Ahcan was named Wisconsin’s Spike Carlson-Chris Chelios MVP as well.
Miller, earned honorable mention honors for the second time in two seasons, finishing fourth among B1G defensemen, with 13 points in conference play. In all games played, Miller scored seven goals, which ranked second among B1G defensemen.
Miller signed with the New York Rangers, following the season, thus ending his collegiate career.