Jason Gonzalez has covered an array of sports at all levels over the last six years. He learned ice hockey, however, long before — during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah (his hometown). He got a close up look of legendary Gophers alum Herb Brooks and other Minnesota hockey greats. Jason is nearing two years with the Star Tribune.

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Wilcox leads array of Gophers' Big Ten hockey season honors, voted Player of the Year

Posted by: Jason Gonzalez Updated: March 17, 2014 - 5:45 PM

The regular-season champion Gophers nearly swept Big Ten hockey’s top individual honors on Monday afternoon.

Gophers sophomore goaltender Adam Wilcox was named the conference’s inaugural Player of the Year and Goaltender of the Year. Defenseman Mike Reilly was the Defensive Player of the Year. Don Lucia claimed Coach of the Year.

Five other Gophers were recognized on the All-Big Ten Team. Forward Kyle Rau earned Second Team, while forwards Hudson Fasching and Sam Warning, and defensemen Ben Marshall and Brady Skjei were Honorable Mentions. Fasching was also named to the All-Freshman Team.

Senior co-captain Nate Condon was one of six Sportsmanship Award honorees.

Wilcox defied tradition by claiming the top-player award. He leads the Big Ten and ranks third nationally with 23 wins (23-4-6), a .934 save percentage, and 1.91 goals-against average. He gave up just 30 goals in 18 conference games. His save percentage is a single-season record for the Gophers.

Reilly not only helped lead the Big Ten’s top defense, but played a big role in the Gophers’ offense. He led all conference defensemen with 29 points (eight goals, 21 assists) and ranked among the nation’s top 10 scoring defensemen.

Lucia guided the Gophers to a program-best three consecutive regular-season championships as they transition into the new hockey conference. The Gophers finished with a 25-5-6 record and 14-3-3-0 Big Ten record to claim the regular-season trophy.  

It’s Lucia’s fourth Coach of the Year honor (Western Collegiate Hockey Association Coach of the Year 1994, 1996, 2006) in his 15th season leading the Gophers.

Rau led the Gophers in scoring this season with 33 points (11 goals, 22 assists) capped by Friday night’s overtime game-winning goal against Michigan that clinched the Big Ten title. 

Fasching led Big Ten freshmen with 12 goals and was second in points with 28. Michigan’s JT Compher was the Freshman of the Year.

2013-14 All-Big Ten Hockey Team
As selected by Big Ten coaches and Media Voting Panel

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

FIRST TEAM
Ryan Dzingel, F, Ohio State
Michael Mersch, F, Wisconsin
Mark Zengerle, F, Wisconsin
Mike Reilly, D, Minnesota
Jake McCabe, D, Wisconsin
Adam Wilcox, G, Minnesota

SECOND TEAM
JT Compher, F, Michigan
Kyle Rau, F, Minnesota
Nic Kerdiles, F, Wisconsin
Mac Bennett, D, Michigan
Frankie Simonelli, D, Wisconsin
Joel Rumpel, G, Wisconsin

HONORABLE MENTION
Andrew Copp, F, Michigan
Alex Guptill, F, Michigan
Greg Wolfe, F, Michigan State
Hudson Fasching, F, Minnesota
Sam Warning, F, Minnesota

Jake Chelios, D, Michigan State
Ben Marshall, D, Minnesota
Brady Skjei, D, Minnesota

Jake Hildebrand, G, Michigan State

ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
JT Compher, F, Michigan
Hudson Fasching, F, Minnesota
Nick Schilkey, F, Ohio State
Michael Downing, D, Michigan
Drew Brevig, D, Ohio State
Christian Frey, G, Ohio State 

BIG TEN SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD HONOREES
Luke Moffatt, Michigan; Greg Wolfe, Michigan State; Nate Condon, Minnesota; Tanner Fritz, Ohio State; David Glen, Penn State; Frankie Simonelli, Wisconsin 

Note: I'll be hosting a Gophers hockey live chat on Wednesday at 2 p.m. If you have any questions you want me to track down in advance, email them to me. Thanks.

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