Season in Review: 2016-17 Michigan Ice Hockey

May 16, 2017

Team Captains: Nolan De Jong (C), Alex Kile (C), Kevin Lohan (A)
Record: 13-19-3
Big Ten Record: 6-12-2
Big Ten Tournament: First Round (L, 1-4 vs. Penn State)

The University of Michigan ice hockey team finished the season with a 13-19-3 record overall and a 6-12-2 record in Big Ten Conference play. This season marked the end of two eras as the season saw the end of Red Berenson's tenure as head coach as well as the end of college hockey at Joe Louis Arena. The Wolverines ended the season with one piece of hardware, winning their first 'Iron D' trophy in the 'Duel in the D' against Michigan State.

Berenson retired at the end of the season, his 33rd as head coach of the Maize and Blue. He led Michigan to 23 NCAA Tournament appearances, 11 regular-season conference championships, 10 conference championships and two NCAA national championships. Berenson's final record at U-M was 848-426-92.

This season also was the last at Joe Louis Arena. Michigan went 1-2-1 at The Joe this past season. The Wolverines finished with a 106-52-6 all-time record at Joe Louis Arena, the most wins of any college hockey team at the historic Detroit arena.

Coach Berenson

Joe Louis Arena

Duel in the D Champions

Team Highlights

• The Wolverines finished in the top 20 in the NCAA in power-play percentage this season (20.3%), marking the third consecutive year Michigan has had a top-20 power play.

• Michigan averaged 5,596 fans per home game this season. That marked the highest attendance per game for the Maize and Blue since the 2011-12 season. That included seven sellouts this season, including both games against new Michigan head coach Mel Pearson and Michigan Tech in October.

• With a 9-8-1 record at home, the Wolverines have finished .500 or above every year since the 1999-89 season.

• The win against Penn State in the regular-season finale secured a weekend sweep for Michigan, meaning Berenson picked up a weekend sweep every year he was coach. The last time The Wolverines did not get a weekend sweep was the 1972-73 season, a 44-year streak.

• The Maize and Blue sacrificed the body to block shots this year, averaging 17.57 blocked shots per game, leading the NCAA.

• Eleven Wolverines scored their first collegiate goal this season, including eight freshmen. This is the highest number of rookie scorers since the 2009-10 and 2007-08 campaigns.

• The Wolverines and the Dekers Blue Line Club hosted an alumni game on Saturday, Jan. 7, against the Red Wings alumni at Yost Arena. Proceeds from the game went towards Scott Matzka, a member of the 1998 national championship team who was diagnosed with ALS in 2015.

Individual Highlights

Jake Slaker led the team with 21 points on the season, the second straight year a freshman has led the team in points.

Tony Calderone led the team in goals with 15, more than doubling his career goals from his first two years. He now has 29 career goals, most among non-graduating players.

Zach Nagelvoort posted a .921 save percentage, leading the Big Ten and good for top 15 in the NCAA. It is also the fifth-highest single-season save percentage in program history. Nagelvoort's .917 career save percentage puts him second on the all-time Michigan save percentage list as well.

Cooper Marody's .541 faceoff percentage led the team and put him in the top 10 in the Big Ten.

Joseph Cecconi won a gold medal while playing for the United States at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship (Dec. 26-Jan. 5). Cecconi became the 44th Wolverine to play in the World Junior Championship.

Joseph Cecconi (far right) winning a gold medal with Team USA

Honors and Awards

Big Ten Preseason Watch List
Alex Kile

NCAA Three Stars of the Week
Cooper Marody (Feb. 7)

Big Ten First Star of the Week
Jake Slaker (Oct. 17)
Zach Nagelvoort (Feb. 28, Mar. 14)

Big Ten Second Star of the Week
Hayden Lavigne (Oct. 10)

Big Ten Third Star of the Week
Will Lockwood (Oct. 25)

Hero Sports Hero of the Week
Will Lockwood (Oct. 27)

GLI All-Tournament Team
Tony Calderone (Dec. 30)

Big Ten Honorable Mention
Sam Piazza

Big Ten Sportsmanship Team
Sam Piazza

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