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Two MSU ice hockey players selected to All-Big Ten teams

November 9, 2020
Freshman right defenseman Dennis Cesana (22) waits for the puck to drop during the game against Ohio State University at Munn Ice Arena on Jan. 4, 2018. The Spartans defeated the Buckeyes 8-7 in double overtime.
Freshman right defenseman Dennis Cesana (22) waits for the puck to drop during the game against Ohio State University at Munn Ice Arena on Jan. 4, 2018. The Spartans defeated the Buckeyes 8-7 in double overtime. —
Photo by Anntaninna Biondo | The State News

The Big Ten released its 2020-2021 hockey preseason honors Monday with two Michigan State players receiving All-Big Ten team selections.

Junior defensemen Dennis Cesana was selected to the first team while senior forward Mitchell Lewandowski was selected to the second team.

Last year, Cesana was selected to the All-Big Ten second team as a sophomore. He ranked second on the team in points with 22, the third most among Big Ten defensemen. In assists, Cesana was also second on the team with 15 and fourth on the team in goals with seven.

Lewandowksi was selected as an honorable mention for the 2019-2020 All-Big Ten team. In his three seasons as a Spartan, Lewandowski has accumulated at least 20 points in every year. He regressed last year in terms of offensive productivity, racking up 14 less points than his freshmen and sophomore years. However, Lewandowski was still third on the team in goals (8) and fourth on the team in assists (12).

Minnesota and Michigan had the most players selected to All-Big Ten teams with four honorees each.

Additionally, the Preseason Big Ten Poll was released. Michigan State checked in at sixth place out of seven teams. Minnesota sits at the top of the poll followed by Michigan and Notre Dame.

Both the All-Big Ten teams and the Preseason Poll were voted upon by Big Ten coaches.

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