Hockey

Mel Pearson is locked in on the start of the season.

The Wolverines have been preparing for this moment for months, increasing practice schedules and changing the structure as regulations change.

Mel Pearson saw three of his incoming freshmen selected in the 2020 NHL Draft and is challenging them to prove themselves in college.

Normally, by the time draft-eligible freshmen arrive on campus, they know where they’ll be playing after college.

The Big Ten announced a tentative plan for a 24-game, conference-only hockey season on Tuesday.

The season will begin as soon as Nov. 13, with each team playing a 24-game conference slate. All seven Big Ten teams will also play four games against Arizona State which will be counted as non-conference games. The Sun Devils formed their varsity hockey program in 2015 and are one of only two independent teams in Division I hockey.

Michigan hockey will go back up to 20 hours of ice time this week in anticipation of a delayed season.

Limited ice time, no locker room access and lots of Tik Toks. 

Kent Johnson has all the skills you look for in a difference maker on the ice.

Johnson is a threat to score from literally anywhere on the ice, even behind the net.

Kris Mayotte looks to continue his growth as part of Michigan's coaching staff.

Mayotte had heard about the opening the way most people in the hockey world hear news: on Twitter. He knew Pearson from the recruiting trail, and Michigan’s program had always been on his radar.

It might be a long time until Michigan can line up like this, but the team is making to most of its chances.

Every Saturday since practices began at the beginning of September, Michigan has used its optional skate time to hold 3-on-3 and 4-on-4 tournaments.

Eric Ciccolini rehabbed from shoulder surgery during quarantine.

Ciccolini was cleared to begin rehabbing in March, but had to leave Ann Arbor and return home to Toronto due to the COVID-19 pandemic before he could even start.

Michigan hockey strength coach Joe Maher created a series of different summer workout plans depending on the level of equipment players had at their disposal.

Strength coach Joe Maher created a series of different plans depending on the level of equipment players had at their disposal.

Following in his dad's footsteps, Philippe Lapointe will take the ice in Southeastern Michigan this season for Michigan hockey, where he aims to make name a great player in his own rite.

Philippe comes from an NHL background, and a decorated one at that. It would be easy to wilt under the lofty expectations his father’s career set. But to Philippe, these expectations were not a reason to run from the spotlight — they were a chance to learn.