1996 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament

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1996 NCAA Division I Men's
Ice Hockey Tournament
Season 1995–96
Teams 12
Finals Site Riverfront Coliseum
Cincinnati, Ohio
Champions Michigan (8th title, 10th title game,
17th Frozen Four)
Runner-Up Colorado College (5th title game,
8th Frozen Four)
Semifinalists Boston University (19th Frozen Four)
Vermont (1st Frozen Four)
Winning Coach Red Berenson (1st title)
MOP Brendan Morrison (Michigan)
Attendance 65,778
NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournaments
← 1995  1997 →

The 1996 NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Tournament involved 12 schools playing in single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college ice hockey. It began on March 22, 1996, and ended with the championship game on March 30. A total of 11 games were played. The top two seeds in each region received a bye into the tournament quarterfinals.

The University of Michigan, coached by Red Berenson, won the national championship with a 3–2 victory over Colorado College in overtime in front of 12,957 fans.

Qualifying teams[1][edit]

The at-large bids and seeding for each team in the tournament were announced after the conference tournaments concluded. The Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) had four teams receive a berth in the tournament, ECAC Hockey and Hockey East each had three teams receive a berth in the tournament, while the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) had two berths.

East Regional – Albany West Regional – East Lansing
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Seed School Conference Record Berth type
1 Boston University Hockey East 29–6–3 At-large bid 1 Colorado College WCHA 31–4–4 At-large bid
2 Vermont ECAC Hockey 26–6–4 At-large bid 2 Michigan CCHA 30–7–2 Tournament champion
3 Lake Superior State CCHA 29–7–2 At-large bid 3 Minnesota WCHA 29–9–2 Tournament champion
4 Western Michigan CCHA 26–11–3 At-large bid 4 Massachusetts-Lowell Hockey East 25–9–4 At-large bid
5 Clarkson ECAC Hockey 24–9–3 At-large bid 5 Michigan State CCHA 28–12–1 At-large bid
6 Providence Hockey East 21–14–3 Tournament champion 6 Cornell ECAC Hockey 21–8–4 Tournament champion

Game locations[edit]

Tournament bracket[edit]

  First Round
March 22–23
Quarterfinals
March 23–24
Semifinals
March 28
Championship Game
March 30
                                     
        
  E1  Boston University 3  
    E5  Clarkson 2  
E4  Western Michigan 1
E5  Clarkson 6  
  E1  Boston University 0  
  W2  Michigan 4  
        
        
  W2  Michigan 4
    W3  Minnesota 3  
W3  Minnesota 5
W6  Providence 1  
  W2  Michigan 3*
  W1  Colorado College 2
        
        
  E2  Vermont 2
    E3  Lake Superior State 1  
E3  Lake Superior State 5
E6  Cornell 4  
  E2  Vermont 3
  W1  Colorado College 4**  
        
        
  W1  Colorado College 5
    W4  UMass-Lowell 3  
W4  UMass-Lowell 6
W5  Michigan State 2  

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

Regional Quarterfinals[edit]

East Regional[edit]

(3) Lake Superior State vs. (6) Cornell[edit]


(4) Western Michigan vs. (5) Clarkson[edit]


West Regional[edit]

(3) Minnesota vs. (6) Providence[edit]


(4) Massachusetts-Lowell vs. (5) Michigan State[edit]


Regional Semifinals[edit]

East Regional[edit]

(1) Boston University vs. (5) Clarkson[edit]


(2) Vermont vs. (3) Lake Superior State[edit]


West Regional[edit]

(1) Colorado College vs. (4) Massachusetts-Lowell[edit]


(2) Michigan vs. (3) Minnesota[edit]


Frozen Four[edit]

National Semifinal[edit]

(E1) Boston University vs. (W2) Michigan[edit]


(E2) Vermont vs. (W1) Colorado College[edit]


National Championship[edit]

(W2) Michigan vs. (W1) Colorado College[edit]


All-Tournament Team[2][edit]

* Most Outstanding Player(s)

Record by conference[edit]

Conference # of Bids Record Win % Regional Semifinals Frozen Four Championship Game Champions
CCHA 4 4-3 .571 2 1 1 1
ECAC Hockey 3 2-3 .400 2 1 - -
Hockey East 3 2-3 .400 2 1 - -
WCHA 2 3-2 .600 2 1 1 -

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NCAA Division 1 Tournament". College Hockey Historical Archives. Archived from the original on 2013-06-21. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  2. ^ "NCAA Frozen Four Records". NCAA.org. Archived from the original on 2013-06-22. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 

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