Monday, March 30, 2020 - 3:56pm
Mel Pearson is excited about Michigan's incoming class this fall.

This past fall, Pearson’s reputation for high-level recruiting started to come to fruition. He brought in two first-round NHL draft picks in Cam York and Johnny Beecher, along with Nick Granowicz, who scored seven goals in year one. The other members of the class — Eric Ciccolini and Keaton Pehrson — should be key contributors in the coming years.
Now, the Wolverines’ incoming class for the 2020-21 season is one of the best in college hockey.

Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 4:56pm
The Michigan hockey team's season ended on March 12 when the Big Ten suspended play due to COVID-19.

The Michigan hockey team was still on the ice when the decision was made, practicing for a Big Ten Tournament semifinal game that ultimately would never be played.

At that point, the Wolverines were unaware of the specifics but deeply aware of the possibility. They knew what was likely coming. They just didn’t know when. 

Monday, March 23, 2020 - 5:59pm
Michigan coach Mel Pearson expects Johnny Beecher to return for the 2020-21 season.

Freshmen Cam York and Johnny Beecher — 2019 first-round draft picks of the Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins, respectively — have a decision to make about their futures.

Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 8:57pm
Will Lockwood signed with the Canucks last Thursday.

Many scouts see Lockwood as an in-between player — the kind of player that may well find success and stick in the NHL, but could also top out at the AHL level. Lockwood’s skating and tenacity are highlights of his skillset and have NHL-caliber upside, but his tendency for injury and his good-but-not-elite 85 total points in 115 college games are marks against him — to varying degrees — at this point of his development.

Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 4:07pm
Will Lockwood signed with the Vancouver Canucks.

Senior forward and captain Will Lockwood has signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Vancouver Canucks, the team announced Thursday.

Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 10:27pm
Freshman forward Johnny Beecher scored a highlight-reel goal on Saturday.

Saturday night, Beecher flipped the script. He scored again — his ninth goal of the season — in dramatic, highlight-reel fashion, helping propel Michigan to a 3-0 win over the Spartans.

Friday, March 6, 2020 - 6:06pm
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Sophomore forward Jimmy Lambert won the faceoff and sent the puck to senior forward Nick Pastujov. Pastujov’s quick shot beat goaltender John Lethemon over his shoulder from a sharp angle to score Michigan’s third and final goal in what became a 3-0 victory over the Spartans in the first game of the Big Ten Tournament.

Friday, March 6, 2020 - 9:39am
When Bryce could no longer play hockey, he became one of Johnny's biggest supporters.

But in leaving home to chase his dreams in hockey, Johnny had to reconcile achieving his dreams in hockey, the sport they both grew up playing, with the fact that his brother couldn’t do the same.

“It was heartbreaking,” Johnny said. “You could see how sad it was for him to have to leave the sport behind and not play anymore, but at the end of the day, he’s never complained or said why me.

“… There’s times where I look back and I really think he deserves it with all the work he’s put in. He’s the hardest working kid I know. But at the end of the day, I’ve worked extremely hard as well. I know for a fact he would never want me to feel (guilty).”

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 9:36pm
Michigan coach Mel Pearson has tried to keep things regimented this week with team breakfasts every day.

Michigan’s opponent was still unknown until the matchup between Wisconsin and Ohio State wrapped up, but Mel Pearson and his staff knew they needed to start figuring out what the team would do during the week to get ready. Especially with it being Michigan’s spring break, finding the balance between working enough to keep the team sharp and working so much that they get tired can be difficult.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 5:48pm
Jimmy Lambert will make an unexpected return from injury on Friday against Michigan State.

So, 11 days after his season was declared over — and a week after Pearson said it was “tough” that Lambert would miss the rest of the year — Lambert is back on the ice and seemingly will play in this weekend’s Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal series against Michigan State.