TEAMS

WISCONSIN BADGERS

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.

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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.

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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…two of the top three ASU scorers are expected back next season – James Sanchez and Johnny Walker – as well as starting keeper Evan DeBrouwer…a year ago the Sun Devils posted 21 wins.

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UCONN HUSKIES

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.

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WISCONSIN BADGERS

Head Coach: Tony Granato, Big Ten Conference

2021 and 2017 Big Ten Coach of the Year and 2018 U.S. Olympic Team coach Tony Granato leads his alma mater in his sixth season as Wisconsin head coach … six-time national champions, the Badgers are the defending Big Ten regular-season champions entering the 2021-22 season … Cole Caufield, the 2021 Hobey Baker Memorial Award winner as the nation’s top player in 2021 led the nation in goals and points before helping the Montreal Canadiens to the Stanley Cup semifinals that are currently taking place … UW returns seniors Tarek Baker, Tyler Inamoto and Josh Ess for a fifth season and welcomes 10 newcomers including 2021 NHL Draft first-round prospect Corson Ceulemans … the Badgers also return Big Ten All-Rookie Team goaltender Cameron Rowe, a 2021 Mike Richter Award nominee for the nation’s best goaltender.

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PROVIDENCE FRIARS

Head Coach: Nate Leaman, Hockey East

Nate Leaman finished his 10th season as head coach of the Friars in 2020-21, where he has guided the Friars to nine-consecutive winning seasons, 203 victories, two Frozen Four appearances (2015, 2019) and one national championship (2015). Providence will welcome back two of its three top scorers from last season – Parker Ford (7-12-19) and Patrick Moynihan (6-9-15). In goal, Jaxson Stauber started the final 23 games in 2020-21 – posting a 2.24 GAA and .916 save percentage with four shutouts in being named a Mike Richter Award finalist. Two-time captain Michael Callahan will return for his senior season, leading a defensive group that returns all six starters from a year ago.

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BOWLING GREEN FALCONS

Head Coach: Ty Eigner, WCHA

Ty Eigner will embark on his third season at the helm of the Falcons in the 2021-22 season, taking over the role prior to the 2019-20 campaign after serving as an assistant on the staff for nine seasons. During the 2020-21 season, Bowling Green reached as high as No. 5 in the polls and has been able to tally at least 20 wins in each of the last seven seasons. The Falcons will compete in the newly reestablished CCHA this season with a slightly new look on the bench with the addition of Assistant Coach Stavros Paskaris, as well as having 11 new players join the program, consisting of eight freshman and three transfer.

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YALE BULLDOGS

Head Coach: Keith Allain, ECAC Hockey

The Bulldogs, who did not compete in 2020-21, last played in March of 2020, ending the season with an ECAC Hockey playoff series victory over Union at New Haven. Yale, the 2013 NCAA Champions, recently named senior blueliner Graham Lillibridge as its 2021-22 captain. The team from New Haven has a long history of playing holiday tournaments in the Cheese State. The last time the Bulldogs skated in Wisconsin, they beat Ferris State and then tied the Badgers 2-2 in the 2010 Badger Showdown Championship Game at Madison. Yale’s last appearance at Milwaukee was the 1998 Badger Showdown at the Bradley Center, where the Elis beat Wisconsin 4-2 and then fell to Bowling Green in the Championship contest.

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WISCONSIN BADGERS

Head Coach: Tony Granato, Big Ten Conference

In his seventh season as head coach of his alma mater, 2020 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Tony Granato owns a pair of Big Ten Coach of the Year honors and the 2021 Big Ten title…Wisconsin won the inaugural Kwik Trip Holiday Face-Off with an overtime win versus Yale and a shootout victory over then-No. 16 Providence at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee in December…NHL first-round Columbus Blue Jackets’ pick and sophomore freshman defenseman Corson Ceulemans, the Most Outstanding Defenseman at the Kwik Trip Holiday Face-Off, was named the Hockey Commissioners Association National Rookie of the Month for December and tied for the team lead with 22 points (7-15)…juniore Mathieu De St. Phalle paced UW with 10 goals and tied Ceulemans in scoring…the Badgers ranked second  in the nation in total attendance (175,241) and in average attendance (9,736).

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#10 MASSACHUSETTS MINUTEMEN

Head Coach: Greg Carvel, Hockey East

The 2021 National Champions ended the 2021-22 season ranked No. 10 with a 22-13-2 record and won the Hockey East tournament championship after replacing 10 players from the title team…head coach Greg Carvel, who guided UMass to its first National Championship in 2021, will enter his seventh season in Amherst, earned National Coach of the Year honors from USCHO and College Hockey News in 2021-22…sophomore defenseman Scott Morrow, a 2021 NHL second round pick by the Carolina Hurricanes, ranked among the nation’s freshmen leaders in goals (13) and points (33)…classmate Ryan Ufko, a 2021 fourth round selection of the Nashville Predators, ranked among the leading freshmen D-men with 26 assists a year ago…Morrow and Ufko ranked second and third, respectively, among UMass scorers.

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#17 CLARKSON GOLDEN KNIGHTS

Head Coach: Casey Jones, ECAC Hockey

The Golden Knights posted a 21-10-6 record in ending the season ranked 17th nationally...included among those wins are victories over No. 14 Michigan Tech, Cornell, Wisconsin, and a tie at No. 7 Quinnipiac….the Knights had five players with 20+ points on the season, paced by senior Mathieu Gosselin (11-22-33) and junior Alex Campbell (16-17-33)….in goal, junior Ethan Haider started 30 games and played to a 2.39 goals against average while posting 13 wins, including three shutouts…Clarkson multiple NHL draft picks on its roster, including Campbell and Haider who were both taken by Nashville in the 2019 NHL Draft.

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LAKE SUPERIOR STATE LAKERS

Head Coach: Damon Whitten, Central Collegiate Hockey Association

Head Coach Damon Whitten is in his ninth season behind the bench and has led the Lakers to playoff appearances in all but one season…Whitten led Lake Superior to 26 wins during the calendar year of 2021, which was tied for third-most in the country (Minnesota State, 37; North Dakota, 28)…with 32 power play goals in 2021-22, the Lakers ranked 16 nationally and scored at a 22.5% clip (also 16th)…LSSU had six players with 19 or more points, including three skaters with 22 or more points...senior captain Louis Boudon led the team with a career-high 44 points in 36 games, including a career-best 15 goals…junior defenseman Jacob Bengtsson totaled 27 points, which included a team-leading 24 assists.

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