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Big Ten Releases Inaugural Hockey Schedule

The conference gets a late start, but has a strong schedule.

Eric Francis

The Big Ten officially announced the schedules for their six teams for the upcoming season.

A few notable items from the schedule:

-As expected, teams will play non-conference games for much of the fall, so as not to compete against football season, with conference play starting over Thanksgiving weekend in the last weekend of November. Wisconsin opens up with a series at Minnesota, while Michigan will play Ohio State at home on Friday, and then in Columbus the following Monday night, with the series in-between the Michigan/Ohio State football game on Saturday.

-After that opening weekend, teams will play the next weekend before conference play takes another long break until the second week of January for the semester break.

-A mid-February series between Michigan and Minnesota is listed with a game played either Thursday or Saturday, presumably depending on basketball scheduling.

-There aren't too many non-traditional game days. It appears there are two Monday games on the schedule.

-Ohio State is selling a "Big Ten only" season ticket package.