Head Coach: Tony Granato, Big Ten Conference
2017 Big Ten Coach of the Year and 2018 U.S. Olympic Team coach Tony Granato is in his fourth season as head coach of his alma mater…the Badgers have won six national championships and feature the top-rated freshman class in the country, highlighted by Alex Turcotte (drafted 5th by Los Angeles), leading freshman goal scorer in the country Cole Caufield (15th by Montreal), Ryder Donovan (110th by Vegas), Owen Lindmark (137th by Florida), and Dylan Holloway (Canadian Junior Hockey League Player of the Year)…in addition, Wisconsin’s defense boasts five NHL draftees, led by first round Rangers’ pick K’Andre Miller…the Badgers are the second youngest team in the country and play the fourth most difficult schedule in the country…the Badgers have drawn over 10 million fans to their home games since 1963.
CLARKSON GOLDEN KNIGHTS
Head Coach: Casey Jones, ECAC Hockey
Casey Jones has been the head coach at Clarkson for nine seasons and has guided the Golden Knights to nearly 170 wins in that time period…this season, he has Clarkson ranked No. 7/No. 8 (USCHO/USA Today, USA Hockey Magazine) in the polls with 23 wins and in second place in the ECAC…the 23 wins mark the third straight season Clarkson has reached the 20-win plateau…the Knights sport the nation’s fourth-best special teams units (57.5%), including the second-best penalty kill (90.3%)…eight of Clarkson’s top 10 scorers are underclassmen, led by Josh Dunne, Zach Tsekos, Connor McCarthy, Jack Jacome, Brian Hurley, Mathieu Gosselin, Anthony Romano, and Adam Tisdale.
ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS
Head Coach: Greg Powers, Independent
In just its fifth season as a Division I program, Arizona State has emerged as a national contender under the guidance of head coach Greg Powers, a finalist for National Coach of the Year honors a year ago when ASU became the fastest start-up program to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament…the Sun Devils won their school-record 22nd game of the season on February 15 and are ranked No. 13/No. 14 (USCHO/USA Today, USA Hockey Magazine) in the national polls…three of the top four ASU scorers are expected back next season – James Sanchez, Johnny Walker, and Josh Maniscalco – as well as starting keeper Evan DeBrouwer…a year ago the Sun Devils posted 21 wins.
Head Coach: Mike Cavanaugh, Hockey East
Mike Cavanaugh has been the head coach at UConn for seven seasons, guiding the Huskies through their transition to Hockey East…UConn finished the regular season with 26 points in the Hockey East standings, its highest point total since joining the league…featuring one of the youngest rosters in the country, of UConn’s top 13 scorers, nine are either freshmen or sophomores, led by freshman Vladislav Firstov, who ranks among the top rookies nationally in scoring and the top 10 nationally in freshman goal scoring…classmate Yan Kuznetsov joins his fellow Russian countryman among that group, as do sophomores Rusian Ishakov, Jachym Kondelik, Carter Turnbull, Jonny Evans, Kale Howarth, and Marc Gatcomb…in the Huskies’ net is sophomore Tomas Vomacka.