1953–54 NCAA men's ice hockey season

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The 1953–54 NCAA men's ice hockey season began in November 1953 and concluded with the 1954 NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament's championship game on March 13, 1954 at the Broadmoor Ice Palace in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This was the 7th season in which an NCAA ice hockey championship was held and is the 59th year overall where an NCAA school fielded a team.

Entering the season, in an effort to more accurately reflect the geographic location of the member school, the MCHL changed the conference name to 'Western Intercollegiate Hockey League'.

Regular season[edit]

Season tournaments[edit]

Tournament Dates Teams Champion
Boston Arena Christmas Tournament December 29–30 4 St. Lawrence
Rensselaer Holiday Tournament December 30–January 2 4 St. Francis Xavier
Beanpot January 11–12 4 Boston College

Standings[1][edit]

Conference Overall
GP W L T Pct. GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Amherst 12 6 6 0
American International 15 5 10 0
Army 17 10 7 0 66 79
Boston College 21 17 4 0 98 70
Boston University 20 4 15 1 62 122
Bowdoin 9 6 2 1
Brown 20 12 8 0 91 70
Colby
Dartmouth 28 15 13 0 141 110
Hamilton 13 4 9 0
Harvard 22 10 10 2 81 100
Massachusetts 10 0 9 1 36 86
MIT
New Hampshire 8 2 5 1 35 45
Northeastern 18 5 12 1 59 99
Norwich 15 9 6 0
Princeton 18 4 12 2 47 65
Providence 14 4 10 0 71 100
Williams 10 1 9 0
Yale 19 11 5 3 88 59
Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Rensselaer 6 5 1 0 10 28 14 23 18 5 0 141 59
St. Lawrence 5 4 1 0 10 29 15 22 18 3 1 136 56
Clarkson 5 1 4 0 4 11 27 17 7 8 2 83 73
Middlebury 4 0 4 0 0 8 20 17 9 8 0
indicates conference regular season champion
Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Minnesota 20 16 3 1 20½ 117 61 30 23 6 1 186 86
Michigan 16 12 3 1 18½ 83 54 23 15 6 2 120 84
North Dakota 16 9 6 1 14½ 70 47 27 14 12 1 123 102
Denver 14 7 7 0 11 74 71 25 16 9 0 165 106
Colorado College 14 6 8 0 11 48 58 24 14 9 1 118 88
Michigan State 18 4 13 1 56 69 23 8 14 1 92 81
Michigan Tech 18 2 16 0 2 36 114 25 7 17 1 94 133
indicates conference regular season champion
Note: All games played between league members counted in the standings. When teams played each other twice, two points were awarded for a win, one point for a tie.

When teams met each other four times, one point was awarded for a win, one-half point for a tie. Maximum of 24 points available.[2]

1954 NCAA Tournament[3][edit]

  Semifinals
March 11–12
National Championship
March 13
                     
E1 Boston College 1  
W2 Minnesota 14  
  W2 Minnesota 4  
  E2 Rensselaer 5*  
W1 Michigan 4
E2 Rensselaer 6     Third Place Game
  W1 Michigan 7
  E1 Boston College 2

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

Player stats[edit]

Scoring leaders[4][edit]

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

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

Player Class Team GP G A Pts PIM
John Mayasich Junior Minnesota 28 29 49 78 20
Richard Dougherty Junior Minnesota 28 42 26 68 41
Abbie Moore Senior Rensselaer 23 36 32 68 14
Frank Chiarelli Junior Rensselaer 23 35 28 63 21
John Titus Senior Dartmouth - 37 24 61 -
Doug Mullen Senior Michigan 23 22 39 61 -
Jack Smith Sophomore Denver 26 21 39 60 -
Ben Cherski Junior North Dakota 27 40 16 56 26
Brian McFarlane Junior St. Lawrence 22 31 24 55 12
Ken Purpur Junior North Dakota 27 21 31 52 14

Leading goaltenders[4][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.

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
Bob Fox Junior Rensselaer 23 1382 18 5 0 59 5 .895 2.56
Bill Sloan Sophomore St. Lawrence 22 1265 18 3 1 56 3 .908 2.66
Jim Mattson Junior Minnesota 26 - - - - - - - 2.76
Spike Schultz Sophomore North Dakota 27 - - - - - 4 .898 3.54
Edward Schiller Sophomore Michigan State 16 - - - - - - - 3.73
George Scherer Sophomore Yale - - - - - - - - 3.73
Bill Begg Junior Denver - - 12 9 0 - 0 .835 4.54
Bob McManus Freshman Michigan Tech - - - - - - - .891 5.07
Harry Taylor Senior Michigan Tech - - - - - - - .839 5.14

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2008-09 WCHA Yearbook 113-128" (PDF). WCHA. Retrieved June 29, 2014.
  2. ^ "2009-10 WCHA Yearbook 97-112" (PDF). WCHA. Retrieved 2014-06-01.
  3. ^ "NCAA Tournament". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  4. ^ a b "1953-54 NCAA Division I Statistics". Elite Prospects. Retrieved December 21, 2016.
  5. ^ "NCAA Division I Awards". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved June 11, 2013.
  6. ^ "Men's Ice Hockey Award Winners" (PDF). NCAA.org. Retrieved June 11, 2013.
  7. ^ "WCHA All-Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013.

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