1996–97 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey season

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The 1996–97 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey season began in October 1996 and concluded with the 1997 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament's championship game on March 29, 1997 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This was the 50th season in which an NCAA ice hockey championship was held and is the 102nd year overall where an NCAA school fielded a team.

Pre-season polls[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Standings[1][2][3][4][edit]

Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Michigan†* 27 21 3 3 46 151 64 43 35 4 4 242 98
Miami 27 19 7 1 39 112 79 40 27 12 1 174 119
Michigan State 27 16 7 4 36 99 76 40 23 13 4 145 118
Lake Superior State 27 15 8 4 34 106 98 38 19 14 5 154 142
Bowling Green 27 10 12 5 25 100 104 38 17 16 5 158 142
Western Michigan 27 10 12 5 25 94 99 37 14 18 5 125 134
Ohio State 27 9 16 2 20 95 132 39 12 25 2 135 190
Alaska-Fairbanks 27 8 18 1 17 92 126 37 14 22 1 135 169
Ferris State 27 7 18 2 16 83 121 37 11 23 3 125 166
Notre Dame 27 6 20 1 13 73 106 35 9 25 1 92 131
Championship: Michigan
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
Final rankings: USA Today/American Hockey Magazine Coaches Poll Top 10 Poll
Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Clarkson 22 17 5 0 34 94 54 37 27 10 0 154 91
Cornell* 22 14 6 2 30 80 63 35 21 9 5 123 100
Vermont 22 13 6 3 29 67 60 36 22 11 3 125 105
Rensselaer 22 12 7 3 27 83 71 36 20 12 4 137 112
Union 22 11 8 3 25 63 54 34 18 13 3 106 79
Princeton 22 11 8 3 25 70 59 34 18 12 4 111 103
Colgate 22 10 9 3 23 79 79 33 16 14 3 126 124
Harvard 22 9 11 2 20 64 67 32 11 18 3 85 106
St. Lawrence 22 5 12 5 15 78 92 35 10 20 5 121 148
Yale 22 6 14 2 14 61 82 32 10 19 3 90 114
Dartmouth 22 5 15 2 12 75 100 29 10 17 2 105 121
Brown 22 4 16 2 10 81 114 29 7 19 3 108 148
Championship: Cornell
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
Final rankings: USA Today/American Hockey Magazine Coaches Poll Top 10 Poll
Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Boston University†* 24 16 4 4 36 116 71 41 26 9 6 178 115
New Hampshire 24 18 6 0 36 130 76 39 28 11 0 204 129
Maine^ 24 16 7 1 33 120 76 35 24 10 1 162 109
Providence 24 12 11 1 25 101 88 36 15 20 1 141 137
Merrimack 24 11 11 2 24 88 98 36 15 19 2 127 146
Boston College 24 9 12 3 21 96 112 38 15 19 4 145 170
Massachusetts–Lowell 24 9 14 1 19 83 113 38 15 21 2 126 163
Massachusetts 24 7 17 0 14 69 117 35 12 23 0 119 167
Northeastern 24 3 19 2 8 66 118 36 8 25 3 103 160
Championship: Boston University
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
^ Maine was ineligible for the post season due to NCAA investigations
Final rankings: USA Today/American Hockey Magazine Coaches Poll Top 10 Poll
Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Air Force 0 0 0 0 - - - 31 8 21 2 109 140
Army 0 0 0 0 - - - 34 19 13 2 158 119
Mankato State 0 0 0 0 - - - 34 17 14 3 141 123
Final rankings: USA Today/American Hockey Magazine Coaches Poll Top 10 Poll
Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
North Dakota†* 32 21 10 1 43 137 105 43 31 10 2 190 130
Minnesota 32 21 10 1 43 129 94 42 28 13 1 179 128
St. Cloud State 32 18 10 4 40 127 105 40 23 13 4 152 130
Colorado College 32 17 11 4 38 121 107 44 25 15 4 169 141
Denver 32 17 11 4 38 127 99 41 24 13 4 163 122
Minnesota-Duluth 32 15 13 4 34 115 111 38 18 16 4 133 131
Wisconsin 32 15 15 2 32 115 115 38 15 21 2 132 151
Northern Michigan 32 9 21 2 20 78 127 40 13 24 3 108 152
Alaska-Anchorage 32 7 21 4 18 75 109 36 9 23 4 86 126
Michigan Tech 32 5 23 4 14 81 133 39 8 27 4 98 155
Championship: North Dakota
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
Final rankings: USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Top 15 Poll

1997 NCAA Tournament[5][edit]

Regional Quarterfinals
March 21-22
Regional Semifinals
March 22-23
Frozen Four
March 27
National Championship
March 29
                       
E1 Clarkson
bye
E1 Clarkson 4
East Regional
E5 Colorado College 5
E4 New Hampshire 2
E5 Colorado College 3
E5 Colorado College 2
W2 North Dakota 6
W2 North Dakota
bye
W2 North Dakota 6
West Regional
W6 Cornell 2
W3 Miami 2
W6 Cornell 4
W2 North Dakota 6
E2 Boston University 4
W1 Michigan
bye
W1 Michigan 7
West Regional
W4 Minnesota 4
W4 Minnesota 6
W5 Michigan State 3
W1 Michigan 2
E2 Boston University 3
E2 Boston University
bye
E2 Boston University 4*
East Regional
E6 Denver 3
E3 Vermont 3
E6 Denver 6

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

Player stats[edit]

Scoring leaders[6][edit]

The following players led the league in points at the conclusion of the season.

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes

Player Class Team GP G A Pts PIM
Morrison, BrendanBrendan Morrison Senior Michigan 43 31 57 88 52
White, ToddTodd White Senior Clarkson 37 38 36 74 22
Krog, JasonJason Krog Sophomore New Hampshire 39 23 44 67 28
Muckalt, BillBill Muckalt Junior Michigan 36 26 38 64 69
Madden, JohnJohn Madden Senior Michigan 42 26 37 63 56
Drury, ChrisChris Drury Junior Boston University 41 38 24 62 64
Johnson, MikeMike Johnson Senior Bowling Green 38 30 32 62 46
Botterill, JasonJason Botterill Senior Michigan 42 37 24 61 129
Robitaille, RandyRandy Robitaille Sophomore Miami 39 27 34 61 44
Fry, CurtisCurtis Fry Senior Bowling Green 37 21 40 61 50

Leading goaltenders[6][edit]

The following goaltenders led the league in goals against average at the end of the regular season while playing at least 33% of their team's total minutes.

GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime/shootout losses; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

Player Class Team GP Min W L OT GA SO SV% GAA
Koenig, TrevorTrevor Koenig Junior Union 28 1681 15 11 2 57 4 .931 2.03
Malicke, GreggGregg Malicke Junior Michigan 11 287 2 0 0 10 0 .899 2.09
Turco, MartyMarty Turco Junior Michigan 41 2296 33 4 4 87 4 .894 2.27
Schweitzer, AaronAaron Schweitzer Freshman North Dakota 23 1170 17 3 0 45 4 .908 2.31
Murphy, DanDan Murphy Junior Clarkson 37 2162 27 9 0 84 3 .917 2.33
Larocque, MichelMichel Larocque Sophomore Boston University 24 1466 16 4 4 58 0 .911 2.37
Pelletier, Jean-MarcJean-Marc Pelletier Sophomore Cornell 11 678 5 2 3 28 1 .917 2.47
Alban, ChadChad Alban Junior Michigan State 39 2272 23 11 4 103 3 .894 2.72
Elliott, JasonJason Elliott Junior Cornell 27 1475 16 7 2 67 0 .909 2.73
Prior, TrevorTrevor Prior Sophomore Miami 28 1645 17 10 1 75 1 .895 2.74

Awards[edit]

NCAA[edit]

CCHA[edit]

ECAC[edit]

Hockey East[edit]

WCHA[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2012-13 CCHA Media Guide". CCHA. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  2. ^ "2008-09 ECAC Hockey Media Guide". ECAC Hockey. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  3. ^ "2013-14 Hockey East Media Guide". Hockey East. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  4. ^ "2008-09 WCHA Yearbook 113-128". WCHA. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  5. ^ "NCAA Tournament". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "1996-97 NCAA Division I Statistics". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  7. ^ "NCAA Division I Awards". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved June 11, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Men's Ice Hockey Award Winners". NCAA.org. Retrieved June 11, 2013. 
  9. ^ "CCHA Awards". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013. 
  10. ^ "CCHA All-Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013. 
  11. ^ "CCHA All-Rookie Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013. 
  12. ^ "ECAC Awards". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013. 
  13. ^ "ECAC All-Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013. 
  14. ^ "ECAC All-Rookie Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Hockey East Awards". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Hockey East All-Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Hockey East All-Rookie Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013. 
  18. ^ "WCHA Awards". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013. 
  19. ^ "WCHA All-Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013. 
  20. ^ "WCHA All-Rookie Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013. 

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