The Big Ten Men's Ice Hockey Tournament returned to Joe Louis Arena for the second time in three years as The Joe once again play host to all six Big Ten teams - Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin - in a single-elimination format tournament.
In what was the final college hockey game ever at The Joe on March 18, the Penn State Nittany Lions defeated the Wisconsin Badgers, 2-1 in double overtime of the championship game, to capture the Big Ten title and an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Great Lakes Invitational
For the 14th time in tournament history, four Michigan-based schools descended upon Hockeytown last December for the 52nd Annual Great Lakes Invitational.
Special invitee Western Michigan, which joined event host Michigan Tech and tournament mainstays Michigan and Michigan State, earned the MacInnes Cup by defeating Michigan Tech, 1-0, in the championship game.
The Broncos participated in the two-day, single-elimination tournament, which has become a college hockey holiday tradition, for the fifth time overall, and the first since winning the MacInnes Cup in 2013 at Comerica Park during the Hockeytown Winter Festival.
Duel in the D
The most-played rivalry in the history of college hockey added another incredible chapter on Feb. 10 at Joe Louis Arena when Michigan earned a 5-4 shootout victory to capture the Iron D Trophy.
In the 313th all-time meeting between the in-state rivals, and the 56th and possibly final matchup at Joe Louis Arena, the Wolverines erased an early two-goal deficit and won the shootout in the fifth round to retake the Iron D Trophy from the Spartans, who won the unique trophy with a 3-2 overtime upset victory in its inaugural appearance.