1963–64 Michigan Wolverines men's ice hockey season

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1963–64 Michigan Wolverines men's ice hockey season
National Champion
1964 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament, Champion
Home ice Weinberg Coliseum
Record
Overall 24–4–1
Coaches and Captains
Head Coach Al Renfrew
Captain(s) Gordon Wilkie
Michigan Wolverines men's ice hockey seasons
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The 1963–64 Michigan Wolverines men's ice hockey team represented the University of Michigan in college ice hockey. In its seventh year under head coach Al Renfrew, the team compiled a 24–4–1 record (12–2 against Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) opponents) and outscored all opponents 217 to 80.[1] The Wolverines advanced to the 1964 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament. They defeated the Providence Friars in the first round of the Frozen Four and then defeated the Denver Pioneers by a 6–3 score in the national championship game in Denver, Colorado.

Goalie Bob Gray was chosen as the Most Outstanding Player in the NCAA Tournament. He had four shutouts and a .9136 save percentage for the season. The team's leading scorer was junior forward Gary Butler with 38 goals, 30 assists, and 68 total points. Team captain Gordon Wilkie followed with 16 goals, 51 assists, and 67 total points.

Schedule[edit]

During the season, Michigan compiled a 24–4–1. Its schedule was as follows.[2]

Date Opponent Score Result Location
Nov. 29, 1963 Queen's 9–5 Win Coliseum, Ann Arbor, MI
Nov. 30, 1963 Queen's 9–5 Win Coliseum, Ann Arbor, MI
Dec. 13, 1963 Toronto 3–5 Loss Coliseum, Ann Arbor, MI
Dec. 14, 1963 Toronto 10–0 Win Coliseum, Ann Arbor, MI
Jan. 7, 1964 Minn-Duluth 8–4 Win Duluth, MN
Jan. 8, 1964 Minn-Duluth 7–2 Win Duluth, MN
Jan. 10, 1964 Minnesota 5–1 Win Minneapolis, MN
Jan. 11, 1964 Minnesota 5–6 Loss Minneapolis, MN
Jan. 17, 1964 Loyola (Montreal) 12–1 Win Coliseum, Ann Arbor, MI
Jan. 18, 1964 Loyola (Montreal) 14–2 Win Coliseum, Ann Arbor, MI
Jan. 24, 1964 Michigan Tech 6–2 Win Coliseum, Ann Arbor, MI
Jan. 25, 1964 Michigan Tech 5–3 Win Coliseum, Ann Arbor, MI
Jan. 31, 1964 Colorado College 7–0 Win Coliseum, Ann Arbor, MI
Feb. 1, 1964 Colorado College 12–4 Win Coliseum, Ann Arbor, MI
Feb. 7, 1964 Ohio 14–0 Win Athens, OH
Feb. 8, 1964 Ohio State 21–0 Win Columbus, OH
Feb. 14, 1964 Michigan State 2–0 Win East Lansing, MI
Feb. 15, 1964 Michigan State 7–2 Win Coliseum, Ann Arbor, MI
Feb. 21, 1964 Minnesota 6–3 Win Coliseum, Ann Arbor, MI
Feb. 22, 1964 Minnesota 8–2 Win Coliseum, Ann Arbor, MI
Feb. 28, 1964 Michigan Tech 1–3 Loss Houghton, MI
Feb. 29, 1964 Michigan Tech 4–3 Win Houghton, MI
March 6, 1964 Michigan State 9–4 Win East Lansing, MI
March 7, 1964 Michigan State 13–4 Win Coliseum, Ann Arbor, MI
WCHA TOURNAMENT
March 12, 1964 Michigan Tech 4–3 Win Coliseum, Ann Arbor, MI
March 13, 1964 Michigan Tech 5–5 Tie Coliseum, Ann Arbor, MI
March 14, 1964 Denver 2–6 Loss Coliseum, Ann Arbor, MI
NCAA TOURNAMENT
March 20, 1964 Providence 3–2 Win Denver, CO
March 21, 1964 Denver 6–3 Win Denver, CO
217–80 24–4–1

1964 NCAA Tournament[edit]

The 1964 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was held at University of Denver Arena in Denver, Colorado, on March 20 and 21, 1964. The teams invited to participate in the Frozen Four were the Providence Friars and the RPI Engineers from the East and Michigan and the Denver Pioneers from the West.[3]

On March 20, 1964, Michigan defeated Providence by a 3–2 score in a semifinal game. Michigan trailed, 2–1, but tied the game on a goal by Ron Coristine at 12:33 of the third period. Gary Butler scored the winning goal on a pass from Gordon Wilkie at 15:23 of the third period.[4]

On March 21, 1964, the Wolverines faced the Denver Pioneers in the championship game. Michigan had lost to Denver by a 6–2 score in the finals of the WCHA Tournament one week earlier in Ann Arbor. In the NCAA championship game, Michigan took a 1–0 lead after 18 minutes of play on a goal by Wilf Martin. The Wolverines increased the lead to 2–0 with a goal by center Mel Wakabayashi at 2:19 of the second period. One minute later, they extended the lead to 3–0 on a goal by Jack Cole. Denver closed the score to 4–3 in the third period. Michigan scored twice in the final four minutes. Center Mel Wakabayashi and Jack Cole each scored two goals for Michigan.[5][6]

Roster and scoring statistics[edit]

No Name Year Position Hometown Goals Assists Pts
1 Bill Bieber G
1 Bob Gray G
2 Tom Polonic Soph. D 8 38 46
3 Ted Henderson D
4 Rick Day D
5 Pierre Dechaine F
6 Jack Cole F
7 Wilf Martin Soph. F 34 24 58
8 Alex Hood F
9 Mel Wakabayashi F
10 Bob Ferguson F
11 Roger Galipeau D
12 Ron Coristine F
13 Barry MacDonald Soph. F 34
14 George Forrest F
16 Marty Read F
17 Dave Newton D
18 Gary Butler Jr. F 38 30 68
19 Gordon Wilkie Sr. F 16 51 67
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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Michigan Hockey Record Book". University of Michigan. p. 2. 
  2. ^ "Michigan Hockey Record Book". University of Michigan. p. 7. 
  3. ^ "NCAA Hockey". The Telegraph. March 16, 1964. 
  4. ^ "Michigan Sextet Tops Providence: Wolverines Triumph by 3-2 in N.C.A.A. Semi-Final". The New York Times. March 21, 1964. 
  5. ^ "Michigan Sinks Denver, 6–3, In Final of N.C.A.A. Hockey". The New York Times (AP story). March 22, 1964. 
  6. ^ "N.C.A.A. Title Won By Michigan Six: Denver Bows in Final, 6-3 -- R.P.I. Tops Providence". The New York Times. March 22, 1964.