The Big Ten announced Monday its awards for the regular season as voted by coaches and media.
Minnesota head coach Don Lucia earned Coach of the Year while his team, which won the inaugural Big Ten regular season title and went 25-5-6, picked up three more individual honors. Sophomore defenseman Mike Reilly (Columbus Blue Jackets draft pick), who led all B1G defensemen with 29 points (8G-21A) was named Defensive Player of the Year (which could have gone to either a defenseman or forward).
Sophomore goaltender Adam Wilcox (Tampa Bay Lightning) picked up both Goaltender of the Year and Big Ten Player of the Year after leading the conference in every goaltending category. Wilcox finished tied for second in the nation with a .934 save percentage. In 18 conference games, he only allowed 30 goals.
Michigan freshman forward JT Compher (Buffalo Sabres) was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Compher led the Wolverines in points (31) and assists (20) this season. He also ended up being the only unanimous choice this year with his freshman team selection.
As voted by Big Ten coaches and selected media members
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Adam Wilcox, G, Minnesota
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (DEFENSEMAN OR FORWARD): Mike Reilly, D, Minnesota
GOALTENDER OF THE YEAR:Adam Wilcox, G, Minnesota
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: JT Compher, F, Michigan
COACH OF THE YEAR: Don Lucia, Minnesota
The full all-B1G teams and sportsmanship awards are below, with NHL rights in parenthesis where applicable. Wisconsin leads the way with three players from its second place team on both the first and second all-Big Ten teams. Three different teams are represented on the first team while a fourth, Michigan, has two players on the second.
BIG TEN FIRST TEAM
Ryan Dzingel, F, Ohio State (Ottawa Senators)
Mark Zengerle, F, Wisconsin
Mike Reilly, D, Minnesota (Columbus)
Jake McCabe, D, Wisconsin (Buffalo)
Adam Wilcox, G, Minnesota (Tampa Bay)
BIG TEN SECOND TEAM
JT Compher, F, Michigan (Sabres)
Kyle Rau, F, Minnesota (Panthers)
Nic Kerdiles, F, Wisconsin (Anaheim Ducks)
Mac Bennett, D, Michigan (Montreal Canadiens)
Frankie Simonelli, D, Wisconsin
Joel Rumpel, G, Wisconsin
BIG TEN ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
JT Compher, F, Michigan***
Hudson Fasching, F, Minnesota (Buffalo)
Nick Schilkey, F, Ohio State
Michael Downing, D, Michigan (Panthes)
Drew Brevig, D, Ohio State
Christian Frey, G, Ohio State
Honorable Mentions (By Team in Alphabetical Order)
Alex Guptill, F, Michigan (Dallas Stars)
Jake Chelios, D, Michigan State
Jake Hildebrand, G, Michigan State
Greg Wolfe, F, Michigan State
Hudson Fasching, F, Minnesota
Sam Warning, F, Minnesota
Ben Marshall, D, Minnesota (Detroit Red Wings)
Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Nominees (By Team in Alphabetical Order)
Greg Wolfe, Michigan State
Nate Condon, Minnesota (Colorado)
Tanner Fritz, Ohio State
David Glen, Penn State
Frankie Simonelli, Wisconsin
This is the first year the Big Ten has sponsored men's ice hockey. Six schools - Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin - comprise the inaugural season. All six will be in St. Paul, Minnesota playing for the conference tournament title (and automatic NCAA Tournament berth) Thursday-Saturday.
SB Nation College Hockey will have its own, separate Big Ten awards out Tuesday.
Nathan Wells is a college hockey columnist for SB Nation. You can also follow him on Twitter -- Follow @gopherstate