Ice Hockey

Michigan coach Mel Pearson called for multiple rule changes, similar to other Big Ten revenue sports.

Pearson isn’t normally one to voice his frustrations with rules or officiating, but at a meeting of the Big Ten hockey coaches on Wednesday, Pearson hopes they’ll get the ball rolling on a conversation about potential changes. It’s clear there are a few hot-button issues Pearson feels strongly about, including being allowed to add a third full-time assistant coach.

Senior forward Will Lockwood decided on returning his senior year after weeks of deliberation.

The decision didn’t come easy; it never seems to. But with Lockwood especially, a lot of things came into play. The Wolverines had come into last season with high expectations, coming off a Frozen Four run, and looked to continue that success. However, a 13-16-7 record brought them back to reality and a loss to Minnesota in the Big Ten Tournament ended any hope of extending the season.

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When Josh Norris decided to leave for the NHL, Michigan coach Mel Pearson knew he was facing an uphill battle to find a replacement.

Former Michigan forward Kyle Connor has recently been practicing at Yost Ice Arena and giving advice to Michigan players.

But as practice began this week, and even before that, a different colored helmet could be spotted — a player donning a white helmet in a white jersey — shooting pucks hours after practice had concluded and all the players trickled off ice to the locker room. It was Kyle Connor.

Sophomore goalkeeper Strauss Mann is one of the players who will work under new penalty kill and assistant goalie coach Kris Mayotte.

“Goaltending, save percentage 59th out of 60 teams in the country. That’s not gonna cut it. Penalty killing. We have to get better,” Pearson said. “So we've added Kris Mayotte from Providence who’s brought in some new ideas and given us a different perspective.”

After a disappointing season, Mel Pearson is hoping to turn continuity into a bounce-back year.

A year after coming within six seconds of playing for a national title, the Wolverines were going home prematurely. Six months to the day later, Michigan coach Mel Pearson strode into the media room at Yost Ice Arena on Monday, fresh from the team’s first practice and ready to get going on a new season.

Michigan coach Mel Pearson enters his third season as the head coach of the Wolverines.

The Michigan hockey team’s season ended earlier than expected in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament in Minneapolis. After an inconsistent regular season, the Wolverines were unable to collect themselves and make a deep postseason run.

Rising senior forward Nick Pastujov has seen an increase in production in each season with the Wolverines.

Heading into his freshman season with the Wolverines, Nick Pastujov was tasked with more than just preparing himself for the transition to college hockey. A shoulder injury and its ensuing surgery added injury rehabilitation to the to-do list for the then-freshman forward.

Josh Norris was the 19th pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, and will play with the Ottawa Senators next year.

Josh Norris last played an organized hockey game in Canada more than five months ago. The next time the sophomore forward picks up a stick, it’ll also be up north — Norris signed an NHL entry-level contract with the Ottawa Senators, according to the team’s official website.

Junior forward Will Lockwood will remain on the Michigan hockey team's roster for his senior season.

Michigan’s leading goal scorer from the 2018-19 season will return for his senior year, a team spokesperson confirmed on Tuesday morning.