2003 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament

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2003 NCAA Division I Men's
Ice Hockey Tournament
2003 Frozen Four logo
2003 Frozen Four logo
Season 2002–03
Teams 16
Finals Site HSBC Arena
Buffalo, New York
Champions Minnesota (5th title, 11th title game,
18th Frozen Four)
Runner-Up New Hampshire (2nd title game,
7th Frozen Four)
Semifinalists Cornell (8th Frozen Four)
Michigan (22nd Frozen Four)
Winning Coach Don Lucia (2nd title)
MOP Thomas Vanek (Minnesota)
Attendance 111,224
NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournaments
← 2002  2004 →

The 2003 NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Tournament involved 16 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college ice hockey. The tournament began on March 28, 2003, and ended with the championship game on April 12. A total of 15 games were played. 2003 was the first year 16 teams were invited to the tournament and was the first expansion of the tournament since 1988 when it increased from eight to 12 teams. The first and second rounds of the 2003 tournament were divided across four regional sites, an increase from the two regional format in place since 1992.

The University of Minnesota, coached by Don Lucia, won its fifth NCAA title (7th overall) with a 5-1 victory in the final game over the University of New Hampshire, coached by Dick Umile. Minnesota became the first team to successfully defend their title since Boston University won back-to-back titles in 1971 and 1972.

Minnesota forward Thomas Vanek was named the Frozen Four's Most Outstanding Player.

Qualifying teams[1][edit]

The at-large bids and seeding for each team in the tournament was announced on March 23, 2003.[2] The Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) had five teams receive a berth in the tournament, Hockey East had four teams receive a berth in the tournament, the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) had three teams receive a berth in the tournament, the ECAC had two berths, while both the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) and College Hockey America (CHA) received one bid for their tournament champions.

East Regional – Providence Midwest Regional – Ann Arbor
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid
1 Cornell (1) ECAC 28–4–1 Tournament champion 14th 2002 1 Colorado College (2) WCHA 29–6–5 At-large bid 16th 2002
2 Boston College Hockey East 23–10–4 At-large bid 23rd 2001 2 Maine Hockey East 24–9–5 At-large bid 13th 2002
3 Ohio State CCHA 24–12–5 At-large bid 3rd 1999 3 Michigan CCHA 28–9–3 Tournament champion 26th 2002
4 Minnesota State-Mankato WCHA 20–10–10 At-large bid 1st Never 4 Wayne State CHA 21–16–2 Tournament champion 1st Never
Northeast Regional – Worcester West Regional – Minneapolis
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid
1 New Hampshire (3) Hockey East 25–7–6 Tournament champion 13th 2002 1 Minnesota (4) WCHA 24–8–9 Tournament champion 27th 2002
2 Boston University Hockey East 24–13–3 At-large bid 27th 2002 2 Ferris State CCHA 30–10–1 At-large bid 1st Never
3 Harvard ECAC 22–9–2 At-large bid 18th 2002 3 North Dakota WCHA 26–11–5 At-large bid 18th 2001
4 St. Cloud State WCHA 17–15–5 At-large bid 5th 2002 4 Mercyhurst MAAC 22–12–2 Tournament champion 2nd 2001

Number in parentheses denotes overall seed in the tournament.

Game locations[edit]

First round and regional finals[edit]

Frozen Four[edit]

Brackets[edit]

Frozen Four[edit]

National Semifinals
April 10
National Championship
April 12
           
E1 Cornell 2
NE1 New Hampshire 3
NE1 New Hampshire 1
W1 Minnesota 5
MW3 Michigan 2
W1 Minnesota 3*

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

Regional Semifinals[3][edit]

East Regional[edit]

(1) Cornell vs. (4) Minnesota State-Mankato[edit]


(2) Boston College vs. (3) Ohio State[edit]


Midwest Regional[edit]

(1) Colorado College vs. (4) Wayne State[edit]


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


Northeast Regional[edit]

(1) New Hampshire vs. (4) St. Cloud State[edit]


(2) Boston University vs. (3) Harvard[edit]


West Regional[edit]

(1) Minnesota vs. (4) Mercyhurst[edit]


(2) Ferris State vs. (3) North Dakota[edit]


Regional Finals[edit]

East Regional[edit]

(1) Cornell vs. (2) Boston College[edit]


Midwest Regional[edit]

(1) Colorado College vs. (3) Michigan[edit]


Northeast Regional[edit]

(1) New Hampshire vs. (2) Boston University[edit]


West Regional[edit]

(1) Minnesota vs. (2) Ferris State[edit]


Frozen Four[16][edit]

National Semifinal[edit]

(E1) Cornell vs. (NE1) New Hampshire[edit]


(W1) Minnesota vs. (MW3) Michigan[edit]


National Championship[edit]

(W1) Minnesota vs. (NE1) New Hampshire[edit]


All-Tournament Team[20][edit]

* Most Outstanding Player(s)[21]

Record by conference[edit]

Conference # of Bids Record Win % Regional Finals Frozen Four Championship Game Champions
WCHA 5 5-4 .556 2 1 1 1
Hockey East 4 5-4 .556 3 1 1 -
CCHA 3 3-3 .500 2 1 - -
ECAC 2 2-2 .500 1 1 - -
MAAC 1 0-1 .000 - - - -
CHA 1 0-1 .000 - - - -

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NCAA Division 1 Tournament". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  2. ^ "Cornell, CC, Minnesota, UNH Get Top Seeds". USCHO.com. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  3. ^ "Men's Division I Hockey 2002-2003 Schedule and Results — Week 27". USCHO.com. 2003-03-30. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  4. ^ "NCAA East Regional". Inside College Hockey. 2003-03-29. Archived from the original on 2013-07-02. Retrieved 2013-06-21. 
  5. ^ "Boston College 1, Ohio State 0". USCHO.com. 2003-03-29. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  6. ^ "Colorado College 4, Wayne State 2". USCHO.com. 2003-03-29. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  7. ^ "Michigan 2, Maine 1". USCHO.com. 2003-03-29. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  8. ^ "New Hampshire 5, St. Cloud State 2". USCHO.com. 2003-03-28. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  9. ^ "Boston University 6, Harvard 4". USCHO.com. 2003-03-28. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  10. ^ "Minnesota 9, Mercyhurst 2". USCHO.com. 2003-03-28. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  11. ^ "Ferris State 5, North Dakota 2". USCHO.com. 2003-03-28. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  12. ^ "Cornell 2, Boston College 1". USCHO.com. 2003-03-30. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  13. ^ "Michigan 5, Colorado College 3". USCHO.com. 2003-03-30. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  14. ^ "New Hampshire 3, Boston University 0". USCHO.com. 2003-03-29. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  15. ^ "Minnesota 7, Ferris State 4". USCHO.com. 2003-03-29. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  16. ^ "Men's Division I Hockey 2002-2003 Schedule and Results — Week 29". USCHO.com. 2003-04-12. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  17. ^ "Maine 3, Cornell 2". USCHO.com. 2003-04-10. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  18. ^ "Minnesota 3, Michigan 2". USCHO.com. 2003-04-10. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  19. ^ "Minnesota 5, New Hampshire 1". USCHO.com. 2002-04-12. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  20. ^ "NCAA Frozen Four Records". NCAA.org. Archived from the original on 2013-06-22. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  21. ^ "NCAA Division I Awards". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved 2013-07-17. 

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