Big Ten men's hockey season to begin Nov. 13

Ray Stein
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Ohio State defenseman Ryan O'Connell (24) chases the puck against Penn State's Kevin Kerr (5) in a Big Ten hockey game in 2019. [Eric Albrecht/Dispatch]

The Ohio State men’s hockey team will begin its 2020-21 season next month and will play a 28-game schedule in the regular season, according to the Big Ten Conference. 

The Big Ten announced on Tuesday that its seven conference teams — OSU as well as Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Penn State, Wisconsin and Notre Dame — may begin the coronavirus-delayed season as early as Nov. 13. 

Teams will play 24 conference games as well as four games against Arizona State. 

The season will conclude March 18-20 with the Big Ten tournament, which this year will return to a single-elimination format held on one weekend. The regular-season champion will receive a first-round bye, and the tournament will be conducted with three games on Thursday, two semifinals on Friday and the championship on Saturday. 

Big Ten teams will follow the same medical protocols that were developed by the conference’s Return to Competition task force, including daily antigen testing, enhanced cardiac screening and an enhanced data-driven approach when making decisions about practice and competition. 

Arizona State has agreed to adhere to the same testing protocols as Big Ten teams.