NOTRE DAME, Ind. — University of Notre Dame junior goaltender Cale Morris has been named to the Big Ten’s Preseason Watch List, the conference announced on Monday morning (Sept. 24).
The 2017-18 Big Ten Player of the Year, Morris was one of six unanimous selections on the 15-player watch list. In addition, Notre Dame was picked to finish third in the league standings. Voting for the watch list and team standings was conducted by the league’s head coaches.
Last season Morris, who was a 2018 First Team (West) CCM/AHCA All-American, helped lead the Irish to the Big Ten regular season and tournament championships. The Irish then went on to make a second consecutive Frozen Four appearance and defeated conference foe Michigan in the national semifinals to reach the NCAA championship game for the second time in program history.
Morris’ breakout season came after he played just one period in the Notre Dame net as a freshman. As a sophomore, he posted a 1.94 and a .944 save percentage to go along with a 27-8-1 record en route to claiming the Mike Richter Award as the nation’s top goaltender. He was also a Hobey Baker Top 10 Finalist, the Big Ten Goaltender of the Year, the Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player and a First Team All-Big Ten selection.
The Irish open the 2018-19 season with a home exhibition game versus the USNTDP at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7. Notre Dame then heads to Erie, Pennsylvania for the 2018 Ice Breaker Tournament (Oct. 12-13). For tickets please contact the Murnane Family Ticket Office by calling 833-ND-IRISH or click here.
2018-19 Big Ten Preseason Watch List #
QUINN HUGHES, Michigan
Josh Norris, Michigan
Jake Slaker, Michigan
TARO HIROSE, Michigan State
Patrick Khodorenko, Michigan State
Mitch Lewandowski, Michigan State
Rem Pitlick, Minnesota
Tyler Sheehy, Minnesota
CALE MORRIS, Notre Dame
MASON JOBST, Ohio State
Dakota Joshua, Ohio State
TANNER LACZYNSKI, Ohio State
Denis Smirnov, Penn State
Nate Sucese, Penn State
WYATT KALYNUK, Wisconsin
Unanimous selections in ALL CAPS
# — Additional honorees due to ties
2018-19 BIG TEN PRESEASON POLL
- Ohio State
- Notre Dame
- Penn State
- Michigan State
— ND —