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Penn State Hockey’s Cole Hults Wins Big Ten Player Of The Year, Defensive Player Of The Year

Penn State hockey’s Cole Hults became the recipient of two individual Big Ten postseason awards Monday morning. The defenseman was selected Big Ten Player of the Year as well as Defensive Player of the Year.

The newest member of the Los Angeles Kings is Penn State’s first-ever Big Ten Player of the Year. He’s also the second Nittany Lion to ever win Defensive Player of the Year, the other being Trevor Hamilton following the 2017-18 season.

In addition to the two individual awards, Hults and fellow Nittany Lion Nate Sucese were named first-team All-Big Ten. The full list of awards can be found here.

During his three-year career at Penn State, the Stoughton, Wisconsin native developed into one of the best defensemen in college hockey. Hults was a constant for Guy Gadowsky’s team throughout his three seasons, as he appeared in 111 games, scored 78 points, and never missed a game during his time in Hockey Valley.

Hults made history for the Nittany Lions against Sacred Heart this past October when he became the first Penn State defenseman to score three goals in a game.

Earlier this offseason Hults got his professional hockey career started, as he signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Los Angeles Kings. He is one of seven Penn State hockey players to sign pro contracts since the conclusion of the season.

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Gabe Angieri

After a four-year career with Onward State, Gabe is now a college graduate and off to the real world. He shockingly served as the blog’s managing editor during the 2022-23 school year and covered football for much of his Onward State tenure, including trips to the Outback Bowl and Rose Bowl. For any professional inquiries, please email Gabe at [email protected]. You can still see his bad sports takes on Twitter at @gabeangieri.

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