1948 NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament

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1948 NCAA Men's
Ice Hockey Tournament
Teams 4
Finals Site
Champions Michigan Wolverines (1st title)
Runner-Up Dartmouth Indians (1st title game)
Winning coach Vic Heyliger (1st title)
MOP Joe Riley Dartmouth
Attendance 7,900

The 1948 NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was the culmination of the 1947–48 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey season, the 1st such tournament in NCAA history. It was held between March 18 and 20, 1948, and concluded with Michigan defeating Dartmouth 8-4. All games were played at the Broadmoor Ice Palace in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

This inaugural tournament possesses two distinctions beyond being the first of its kind: it was the championship with the fewest games played (3) with all succeeding tournaments having a minimum of 4 games. Additionally, the overtime rules used were not sudden-death, allowing Michigan to score multiple times in the first overtime game in tournament history (the next overtime game would not happen until 1954).

Qualifying teams[1][edit]

Four teams qualified for the tournament, two each from the eastern and western regions. The teams were selected by a committee based upon both their overall record and the strength of their opponents.

East West
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid
1 Dartmouth Independent 20–2–0 At-Large 1st Never 1 Michigan Independent 18–2–1 At-Large 1st Never
2 Boston College Independent 14–4–0 At-Large 1st Never 2 Colorado College Independent 19–7–0 At-Large 1st Never


The eastern and western teams judged as better were seeded as the top regional teams. The second eastern seed was slotted to play the top western seed and vice versa. All games were played at the Broadmoor Ice Palace. All matches were Single-game eliminations with the semifinal winners advancing to the national championship game.


March 18–19
National Championship
March 20
E1 Dartmouth 8
W2 Colorado College 4
E1 Dartmouth 4
W1 Michigan 8
W1 Michigan 6*
E2 Boston College 4

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)


Dartmouth vs. Colorado College[edit]

Michigan vs. Boston College[edit]

National Championship[edit]

Michigan vs. Dartmouth[edit]

All-Tournament Team[edit]


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