2004 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament

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2004 NCAA Division I Men's
Ice Hockey Tournament
2004 Frozen Four logo
2004 Frozen Four logo
Season 2003–04
Teams 16
Finals Site FleetCenter
Boston, Massachusetts
Champions Denver (6th title, 8th title game,
12th Frozen Four)
Runner-Up Maine (5th title game,
9th Frozen Four)
Semifinalists Boston College (18th Frozen Four)
Minnesota-Duluth (3rd Frozen Four)
Winning Coach George Gwozdecky (1st title)
MOP Adam Berkhoel (Denver)
Attendance 96,327
NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournaments
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The 2004 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. It began on March 26, 2004, and ended with the championship game on April 10. A total of 15 games were played. This was the first season in which the Atlantic Hockey sent a representative to the tournament. Atlantic Hockey assumed possession of the automatic bid that had been the possession of the MAAC after it collapsed and all remaining ice hockey programs formed the new conference.

The University of Denver, coached by George Gwozdecky, won its sixth national title with a 1-0 victory in the final game over the University of Maine, coached by Tim Whitehead before a record crowd of over 18,000 people at Boston's FleetCenter (now known as the TD Garden). While Denver's Gabe Gauthier scored the game's only goal, the game is best remembered for Denver surviving Maine's six skaters to three skaters advantage in the final 90 seconds of the contest.

Denver goaltender Adam Berkhoel was named the tournament Most Outstanding Player.

Qualifying teams[1][edit]

The at-large bids and seeding for each team in the tournament was announced on March 21, 2004.[2] Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) and Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) each had five teams receive a berth in the tournament, Hockey East had three teams receive a berth in the tournament, while Atlantic Hockey, College Hockey America (CHA) and ECAC Hockey each received a single bid for their tournament champions.

West Regional – Colorado Springs Northeast Regional – Manchester
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Seed School Conference Record Berth type
1 North Dakota (1) WCHA 29–7–3 At-large bid 1 Boston College (2) Hockey East 27–8–4 At-large bid
2 Denver WCHA 23–12–5 At-large bid 2 Michigan CCHA 26–13–2 At-large bid
3 Miami CCHA 23–13–4 At-large bid 3 New Hampshire Hockey East 20–14–6 At-large bid
4 Holy Cross Atlantic Hockey 22–9–4 Tournament champion 4 Niagara CHA 21–14–3 Tournament champion
East Regional – Albany Midwest Regional – Grand Rapids
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Seed School Conference Record Berth type
1 Maine (3) Hockey East 30–7–3 Tournament champion 1 Minnesota (4) WCHA 26–13–3 Tournament champion
2 Ohio State CCHA 26–15–0 Tournament champion 2 Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 26–12–4 At-large bid
3 Wisconsin WCHA 21–12–8 At-large bid 3 Michigan State CCHA 23–16–2 At-large bid
4 Harvard ECAC Hockey 18–14–3 Tournament champion 4 Notre Dame CCHA 20–14–4 At-large bid

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 8
National Championship
April 10
           
E1 Maine 2
NE1 Boston College 1
E1 Maine 0
W2 Denver 1
MW2 Minnesota–Duluth 3
W2 Denver 5

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

Regional Semifinals[3][edit]

East Regional[edit]

(1) Maine vs. (4) Harvard[edit]


(2) Ohio State vs. (3) Wisconsin[edit]


Midwest Regional[edit]

(1) Minnesota vs. (4) Notre Dame[edit]


(2) Minnesota-Duluth vs. (3) Michigan State[edit]


Northeast Regional[edit]

(1) Boston College vs. (4) Niagara[edit]


(2) Michigan vs. (3) New Hampshire[edit]


West Regional[edit]

(1) North Dakota vs. (4) Holy Cross[edit]


(2) Denver vs. (3) Miami[edit]


Regional Finals[edit]

East Regional[edit]

(1) Maine vs. (3) Wisconsin[edit]


Midwest Regional[edit]

(1) Minnesota vs. (2) Minnesota-Duluth[edit]


Northeast Regional[edit]

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


West Regional[edit]

(1) North Dakota vs. (2) Denver[edit]


Frozen Four[16][edit]

National Semifinal[edit]

(E1) Maine vs. (NE1) Boston College[edit]


(MW2) Minnesota-Duluth vs. (W2) Denver[edit]


National Championship[edit]

(E1) Maine vs. (W2) Denver[edit]


All-Tournament Team[20][edit]

* Most Outstanding Player(s)

Record by conference[edit]

Conference # of Bids Record Win % Regional Finals Frozen Four Championship Game Champions
WCHA 5 9-4 .692 5 2 1 1
CCHA 5 1-5 .125 1 - - -
Hockey East 3 5-3 .625 2 2 1 -
ECAC Hockey 1 0-1 .000 - - - -
Atlantic Hockey 1 0-1 .000 - - - -
CHA 1 0-1 .000 - - - -

References[edit]

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  5. ^ "Wisconsin 1, Ohio State 0". USCHO.com. 2004-03-26. Retrieved 2013-06-21. 
  6. ^ "Minnesota 4, Notre Dame 2". USCHO.com. 2004-03-27. Retrieved 2013-06-21. 
  7. ^ "Minnesota-Duluth 5, Michigan State 0". USCHO.com. 2004-03-27. Retrieved 2013-06-21. 
  8. ^ "Boston College 5, Niagara 2". USCHO.com. 2004-03-27. Retrieved 2013-06-21. 
  9. ^ "Michigan 4, New Hampshire 1". USCHO.com. 2004-03-27. Retrieved 2013-06-21. 
  10. ^ "North Dakota 3, Holy Cross 0". USCHO.com. 2004-03-26. Retrieved 2013-06-21. 
  11. ^ "Denver 3, Miami 2". USCHO.com. 2004-03-26. Retrieved 2013-06-21. 
  12. ^ "Maine 2, Wisconsin 1". USCHO.com. 2004-03-27. Archived from the original on 2013-07-02. Retrieved 2013-06-21. 
  13. ^ "Minnesota-Duluth 3, Minnesota 1". USCHO.com. 2004-03-28. Retrieved 2013-06-21. 
  14. ^ "Boston College 3, Michigan 2". USCHO.com. 2004-03-28. Retrieved 2013-06-21. 
  15. ^ "Denver 1, North Dakota 0". USCHO.com. 2004-03-27. Retrieved 2013-06-21. 
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  18. ^ "Denver 5, Minnesota-Duluth 3". USCHO.com. 2004-04-08. Retrieved 2013-06-21. 
  19. ^ "Denver 1, Maine 0". USCHO.com. 2004-04-10. Retrieved 2013-06-21. 
  20. ^ "NCAA Frozen Four Records". NCAA.org. Archived from the original on 2013-06-22. Retrieved 2013-06-21. 

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