After winning the Big Ten regular season title and playing Tuesday night (that’s tonight!) for the Big Ten Tournament title, it was kind of expected that the Wisconsin Badgers men’s hockey team would receive a lot of recognition from the conference when postseason awards were handed out. And, lo and behold, that is exactly what happened!
Let’s get the two primary individual award winners out of the way first.
Head coach Tony Granato won Big Ten Coach of the Year, his second time earning the award, after leading the Badgers on a worst to first turnaround. Granato becomes the first and only Badgers coach to win conference coach of the year twice.
Star sophomore forward Cole Caufield, coming off of a two goal performance against Penn State in the Big Ten semifinals, was named Big Ten Player of the Year. Probably one of the easiest awards that has ever been give out tbqh. Caufield was the first ever unanimous B1G Player of the Year and the first Badger to win the award.
My greatest fear was somehow messing up my ballot and being the person who kept this from happening. https://t.co/slpT5SJ8Ly— Ben Jones (@Ben_Jones88) March 16, 2021
Per a UW press release, he is the eighth Badger to win a conference player of the year award and the first since defenseman Jamie McBain took the WCHA Player of the Year in 2009. Caufield also won the Big Ten scoring title with 24 goals and 43 points in 24 games played, outpacing the next closest skater by 10 goals and 10 points. The 2019 Montreal Canadiens first-round draft pick also set the Big Ten standard for goals in a conference season with the performance.
Congrats to all!!!— Wisconsin Hockey (@BadgerMHockey) March 16, 2021
POY – Cole Caufield
COY – Tony Granato
All-B1G 1st Team – Cole Caufield
All-B1G 1st Team – Dylan Holloway
All-B1G 2nd Team – Linus Weissbach
All-B1G HM – Ty Pelton-Byce
All-B1G HM – Ty Emberson
B1G All-Rookie – Cameron Rowe
B1G Sportsmanship - Brock Caufield pic.twitter.com/Pg5mIS0gLO
Now, it’s just easiest to list off each player that made an all-conference team and an impressive statistic from their season.
First Team All-B1G
- Caufield, duh
- Dylan Holloway: he averaged 1.72 points per game in Big Ten play, second behind Caufield, and scored 11 goals and 31 points in 18 league games to finish third in total scoring and fourth in goals.
Second Team All-B1G
- Linus Weissbach: he finished second in the Big Ten with 33 points on nine goals and 24 assists.
Honorable Mention All-B1G
- Ty Pelton-Byce: had 11 goals and 14 assists on the season.
- Ty Emberson : he leads the Badgers at plus-16, was one of three finalists for Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, so it’s kinda weird he wasn’t at least on the second team
- Cameron Rowe: he led all goaltenders in the Big Ten with a 7-0-1 record, 1.73 goals-against average and .947 save percentage in conference action, while also recording one shutout.
Brock Caufield was Wisconsin’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award recipient after being the only member of the team without a penalty this season.
Michigan’s Cam York won Defensive Player of the Year, Minnesota’s Jack LaFontaine won Goaltender of the Year and Michigan’s Thomas Bordeleau won Freshman of the Year.