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.

The All-Tournament Team consisted of:

Game locations[edit]


East Regional[edit]

Seed Team Conference Coach
1 Boston University Hockey East Jack Parker
2 University of Vermont ECAC Mike Gilligan
3 Lake Superior State University CCHA Jeff Jackson
4 Western Michigan University CCHA Bill Wilkinson
5 Clarkson University ECAC Mark Morris
6 Providence College Hockey East Paul Pooley

West Regional[edit]

Seed Team Conference Coach
1 Colorado College WCHA Don Lucia
2 University of Michigan CCHA Red Berenson
3 University of Minnesota WCHA Doug Woog
4 University of Massachusetts Lowell Hockey East Bruce Crowder
5 Michigan State University CCHA Ron Mason
6 Cornell University ECAC Mike Schafer

Tournament bracket[edit]

  First Round
March 22–23
March 23–24
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  

* denotes number of overtimes

The total attendance for the tournament was 65,778. Brendan Concannon (2 goals and 4 assists) of UMass Lowell, Brendan Morrison (2 goals and four assists) of Michigan, and Bill Muckalt (four goals and two assists) of Michigan each tallied six points in the tournament, most by any players. The record for fewest shots on goal by both teams in a period in the championship game was set. In the first period, there were eight shots on goal (CC had 5 and UM 3).

The UVM Hockey team included Martin St. Louis, a Hart Trophy (NHL MVP) and Stanley Cup winner with the Tampa Bay Lightning, and Tim Thomas, who went on to become a two-time Vezina Trophy winner (Best NHL Goalie) and the 2011 Conn Smythe Trophy winner (NHL Playoff MVP), in addition to winning the 2011 Stanley Cup with the Boston Bruins.

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