2008–09 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey season

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The 2008–09 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey season began on October 10, 2008 and concluded with the 2009 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament's championship game on April 11, 2009 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.. Over the course of the season, five teams achieved the nation's #1 ranking, with Boston University finishing the season as the top-ranked team after winning the national championship tournament. This was the 62nd season in which an NCAA ice hockey championship was held and is the 114th year overall where an NCAA school fielded a team.

Pre-season polls[edit]

The top 20 from USCHO.com/CBS College Sports, October 6, 2008, and the top 15 from USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine, September 22, 2008.[1][2]

USCHO.com/CBS College Sports
Ranking Team
1 Boston College (36)
2 Michigan (5)
3 Colorado College (7)
4 Notre Dame (1)
5 North Dakota (1)
6 Denver
7 New Hampshire
8 Miami (OH)
9 Boston University
10 Minnesota
11 Michigan State
12 Princeton
13 Clarkson
14 Wisconsin
15 St. Cloud State
16 Northern Michigan
17 Cornell
18 Minnesota State
19 Harvard
20 Vermont
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
Ranking Team
1 Boston College (27)
2 Michigan (4)
3 Notre Dame
4 North Dakota (1)
5 Colorado College (2)
6 Denver
7 New Hampshire
8 Miami (OH)
9 Minnesota
10 Boston University
11 Clarkson
12 Michigan State
13 Wisconsin
14 Northern Michigan
15 St. Cloud State

Regular season[edit]

Season format[edit]

Beginning in 2008–09, a shootout is used to determine CCHA conference games that end in a tie. Shootout losers receive one point and an addition to their total number of ties. Shootout winners receive one point and an addition to their total number of ties, and as a bonus, receive one bonus point and an addition to their total number of shootout wins.[3]

Season tournaments[edit]

Tournament Dates Teams Champion
IceBreaker Invitational October 10–11 4 Boston University
Superior Cup October 10–11 4 Minnesota-Duluth
Kendall Hockey Classic October 10–11 4 Alaska
Mutual of Omaha Stampede October 17–18 4 Nebraska-Omaha
Brice Alaska Goal Rush October 17–18 4 Alaska-Anchorage
Governor's Cup October 24–25 4 Union
Showcase at Brown October 31–November 1 4
Rensselaer Holiday Tournament November 28–29 4 Mercyhurst
College Hockey Showcase November 28–29 4
Badger Showdown December 27–28 4 Wisconsin
Florida College Classic December 27–28 4 Cornell
Great Lakes Invitational December 27–28 4 Michigan
Ledyard Bank Tournament December 28–29 4 Dartmouth
UConn Hockey Classic December 29–30 4 Quinnipiac
Dodge Holiday Classic January 2–3 4 Minnesota
Denver Cup January 2–3 4 Boston University
Ohio Hockey Classic January 2–3 4 Ohio State
Catamount Cup January 2–3 4 Vermont
Shillelagh Tournament January 2–3 4 Notre Dame
Beanpot February 2–9 4 Boston University

Standings[edit]

Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
#14 Air Force†* 28 20 6 2 42 105 61 41 28 11 2 148 86
RIT 28 20 6 2 42 112 73 38 23 13 2 148 117
Mercyhurst 28 17 8 3 37 117 73 40 22 15 3 155 119
Bentley 28 15 11 2 32 91 76 38 19 17 2 116 116
Canisius 28 12 12 4 28 86 80 37 15 16 6 114 111
Army 28 10 12 6 26 77 91 36 11 19 6 92 125
Holy Cross 28 10 15 3 23 73 87 38 13 20 5 106 130
Sacred Heart 28 9 16 3 21 83 107 38 11 23 4 99 147
Connecticut 28 8 18 2 18 74 107 37 9 26 2 89 142
American International 28 5 22 1 11 53 116 35 5 28 2 58 141
Championship: Air Force
indicates conference regular season co-champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
Final rankings: USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Top 15 Poll
Conference Overall
GP W L T SW PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
#4 Notre Dame†* 28 21 4 3 3 48 95 52 40 31 6 3 135 69
#5 Michigan 28 20 8 0 0 40 98 51 41 29 12 0 145 84
#2 Miami (OH) 28 17 7 4 2 40 89 57 41 23 13 5 128 89
Alaska 28 13 10 5 3 34 54 51 39 17 16 6 74 68
Ohio State 28 13 11 4 3 33 87 85 42 23 15 4 143 119
Northern Michigan 28 11 12 5 3 30 72 73 41 19 17 5 111 103
Western Michigan 28 9 13 6 2 26 75 86 41 14 20 7 111 130
Nebraska–Omaha 28 8 13 7 3 26 62 76 40 15 17 8 98 103
Ferris State 28 9 14 5 2 25 58 68 38 12 19 7 90 105
Lake Superior State 28 7 15 6 1 21 73 86 39 11 20 8 110 115
Michigan State 28 7 17 4 3 21 43 85 38 10 23 5 62 118
Bowling Green 28 8 19 1 0 17 60 96 38 11 24 3 89 131
Championship: Notre Dame
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
Final rankings: USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Top 15 Poll
Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
#9 Bemidji State†* 18 12 5 1 25 55 38 37 20 16 1 106 97
Niagara 18 9 5 4 22 53 44 36 16 14 6 98 92
Robert Morris 18 5 8 5 15 46 57 36 10 19 7 93 121
Alabama–Huntsville 18 3 11 4 10 43 58 30 5 20 5 63 99
Championship: Bemidji State
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
Final rankings: USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Top 15 Poll
Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
#10 Yale†* 22 15 5 2 32 74 48 34 24 8 2 113 76
#12 Cornell 22 13 6 3 29 56 41 36 22 10 4 92 74
#15 Princeton 22 14 8 0 28 53 40 35 22 12 1 99 74
St. Lawrence 22 11 7 4 26 71 48 38 21 12 5 124 92
Harvard 22 9 7 6 24 54 56 31 9 16 6 68 96
Dartmouth 22 11 9 2 24 63 60 31 14 14 3 88 87
Quinnipiac 22 9 10 3 21 62 46 39 18 18 3 124 110
Union 22 9 11 2 20 56 64 39 19 17 3 111 107
Clarkson 22 8 10 4 20 58 68 36 10 19 7 88 115
Colgate 22 6 11 5 17 45 58 37 12 18 7 89 109
Rensselaer 22 6 15 1 13 50 75 39 10 27 2 76 132
Brown 22 3 15 4 10 44 82 33 5 23 5 60 115
Championship: Yale
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
Final rankings: USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Top 15 Poll
Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
#1 Boston University†* 27 18 5 4 40 103 54 45 35 6 4 177 91
#11 Northeastern 27 18 6 3 39 78 59 41 25 12 4 121 91
#6 New Hampshire 27 15 8 4 32 80 78 38 20 13 5 116 112
#3 Vermont 27 15 8 4 32 78 69 39 22 12 5 121 102
Massachusetts–Lowell 27 14 11 2 30 84 66 38 20 16 2 112 86
Boston College 27 11 11 5 27 81 77 37 18 14 5 112 105
Massachusetts 27 10 14 3 23 77 75 39 16 20 3 112 103
Maine 27 7 17 3 17 52 82 39 13 22 4 86 110
Merrimack 27 5 19 3 13 57 80 34 9 21 4 72 89
Providence 27 4 18 5 13 56 106 34 7 22 5 77 133
Championship: Boston University
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
Final rankings: USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Top 15 Poll
Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
#13 North Dakota 28 17 7 4 38 96 74 43 24 15 4 146 118
#7 Denver 28 16 8 4 36 96 68 40 23 12 5 132 96
Wisconsin 28 14 11 3 31 92 78 40 20 16 4 131 106
Colorado College 28 12 9 7 31 79 82 38 16 12 10 103 103
Minnesota 28 12 11 5 29 87 83 37 17 13 7 119 105
St. Cloud State 28 13 13 2 28 83 81 38 18 17 3 122 107
#8 Minnesota–Duluth* 28 10 11 7 27 78 72 43 22 13 8 128 98
Minnesota State 28 11 13 4 26 88 90 38 15 17 6 117 122
Alaska–Anchorage 28 9 14 5 23 69 93 36 14 17 5 95 111
Michigan Tech 28 2 19 7 11 47 94 38 6 25 7 62 122
Championship: Minnesota–Duluth
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
Final rankings: USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Top 15 Poll

Player stats[edit]

Scoring leaders[edit]

The following players led the league in points at the conclusion of the season.[4]

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

Player Class Team GP G A Pts PIM
Leitch, BryanBryan Leitch Senior Quinnipiac 39 12 47 59 20
Wilson, ColinColin Wilson Sophomore Boston University 43 17 38 55 42
Lamoureux, JacquesJacques Lamoureux Junior Air Force 41 33 20 53 28
Sharp, MacGregorMacGregor Sharp Senior Minnesota–Duluth 43 26 24 50 50
Cameron, SteveSteve Cameron Sophomore Mercyhurst 40 22 28 50 10
Bonino, NickNick Bonino Sophomore Boston University 44 18 32 50 42
Palushaj, AaronAaron Palushaj Sophomore Michigan 39 13 37 50 24
Caporusso, LouieLouie Caporusso Sophomore Michigan 41 24 25 49 28
Roe, GarrettGarrett Roe Sophomore St. Cloud State 38 17 31 48 66
Fontaine, JustinJustin Fontaine Sophomore Minnesota–Duluth 43 15 33 48 44
Higgins, ChrisChris Higgins Senior Boston University 42 14 34 48 50

Leading goaltenders[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.[4]

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
Johnson, ChadChad Johnson Senior Alaska 35 2,062:29 14 16 5 57 6 .940 1.66
Pearce, JordanJordan Pearce Senior Notre Dame 39 2,326:20 30 6 3 65 8 .931 1.68
Scrivens, BenBen Scrivens Junior Cornell 36 2,152:50 22 10 4 65 7 .931 1.81
Kalemba, ZaneZane Kalemba Junior Princeton 34 2,041:37 22 10 1 62 2 .932 1.82
Millan, KieranKieran Millan Freshman Boston University 35 2,072:48 29 2 3 67 3 .921 1.94
Volkening, AndrewAndrew Volkening Junior Air Force 41 2,502:37 28 11 2 82 6 .920 1.97
Hogan, BryanBryan Hogan Sophomore Michigan 31 1,792:43 24 6 0 59 3 .914 1.97
Richards, AlecAlec Richards Senior Yale 25 1,458:13 19 5 1 50 4 .923 2.06
Hutton, CarterCarter Hutton Junior Massachusetts–Lowell 19 1,106:15 9 8 1 38 3 .916 2.06
Knapp, ConnorConnor Knapp Freshman Miami (OH) 23 1,349:53 13 5 3 47 2 .904 2.09

Awards[edit]

Award Recipient
Hobey Baker Award Matt Gilroy, Boston University
HCA Rookie of the Year Kieran Millan, Boston University
Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Jeff Lerg, Michigan State
Derek Hines Unsung Hero Award Mike Phillipich, Air Force
East First Team   Position   West First Team
Brad Thiessen, Northeastern G Alex Stalock, Minnesota–Duluth
Matt Gilroy, Boston University D Ian Cole, Notre Dame
Zach Miskovic, St. Lawrence D Jamie McBain, Wisconsin
David McIntyre, Colgate F Louie Caporusso, Michigan
Viktor Stalberg, Vermont F Aaron Palushaj, Michigan
Colin Wilson, Boston University F Ryan Stoa, Minnesota
East Second Team   Position   West Second Team[5]
Zane Kalemba, Princeton G Chad Johnson, Alaska
Maury Edwards, Massachusetts–Lowell D Chay Genoway, North Dakota
Kevin Shattenkirk, Boston University D Erik Gustafsson, Northern Michigan
Mark Arcobello, Yale F Carter Camper, Miami (OH)
Jacques Lamoureux, Air Force F Erik Condra, Notre Dame
James Marcou, Massachusetts F Chad Rau, Colorado College

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Boston College tops preseason USCHO.com/CBS College Sports XXL Poll". USCHO.com. 2008-10-06. Retrieved 2009-01-26. 
  2. ^ "Boston College selected as preseason no. 1 in USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll". USA Hockey. 2008-09-22. Retrieved 2009-01-26. 
  3. ^ "CCHA To Unveil Shootout in 2008-09 Campaign". Central Collegiate Hockey Association. 2008-08-14. Retrieved 2009-02-24. [dead link]
  4. ^ a b "Men's Division I Hockey Overall Statistics: 2008-2009". USCHO.com. Retrieved 2010-12-27. 
  5. ^ Albright, David (2009-04-10). "BU rules hockey awards, Gilroy wins Hobey". ESPN. Retrieved 2009-04-10. 

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