Hockey

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Codie Lambert peered over the bright yellow railings that separated her from the gathering hockey players.

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As teams around the country are suspending their seasons due to COVID-19, Michigan is faced with a great deal of uncertainty.
It’s a rapidly developing situation, but as of Wednesday night, the Big Ten hockey tournament is set to go ahead, though all remaining games will be played without fans.

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The normally vibrant silver grayed to a rustic dreariness, the ever-loud roar of cheers and chants voided into silence. Yost Ice Arena was empty — its lights turned off. 

After helping Michigan to a Frozen Four two years ago, senior goaltender Hayden Lavigne has taken a back seat to Strauss Mann.

Over the course of this conversation, Lavigne will say all the right things. He’s accepting the role and doing what he can, enjoying the wins as they come. But it’s clear that two years ago, when he skated off the ice in Minneapolis after a Frozen Four loss, this wasn’t how Lavigne saw his career winding down.

Sophomore goaltender Strauss Mann had his sixth shutout of the season on Saturday night.

But the real story was all about Mann — he was the man of the hour.

A shutout is no easy feat. After earning his fifth the day before, he tied for second in the nation for most shutouts. One day later, he did it again. Sixty minutes. One hour. That’s how long he had to laser in in-game, but his match started much earlier.