1953 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament

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1953 NCAA Men's Division I
Ice Hockey Tournament
Teams 4
Finals Site
Champions Michigan (4th title)
Runner-Up Minnesota (1st title game)
Winning coach Vic Heyliger (4th title)
MOP John Matchefts Michigan
Attendance 7,450

The 1953 NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Tournament was the culmination of the 1952–53 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey season, the 6th such tournament in NCAA history. It was held between March 12 and 14, 1953, and concluded with Michigan defeating Minnesota 7-3. All games were played at the Broadmoor Ice Palace in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Michigan's win capped off its third consecutive National Championship. As of 2016 no team has been able to match that achievement. Additionally, their 14-goals in the semifinal game against Boston University was the most ever for an NCAA tournament game, matched only by Minnesota in 1954. The Wolverines' goal differential (+16) is also a record for an NCAA tournament, equaling the record set by Colorado College in 1950 and matched by Wisconsin in 1983.

For the first time since the tournament began the 'Most Outstanding Player' was awarded to someone from the championship team.

Qualifying teams[1][edit]

Four teams qualified for the tournament, two each from the eastern and western regions. The two best MCHL teams and a Tri-State League representative received bids into the tournament as did one independent school.

East West
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid
1 Boston University Independent 14–5–1 At-Large 3rd 1951 1 Minnesota MCHL 22–5–0 At-Large 1st Never
2 Rensselaer Tri-State League 14–3–1 At-Large 1st Never 2 Michigan MCHL 15–7–0 At-Large 6th 1952


The eastern team judged as better was seeded as the top eastern team while the MCHL champion was given the top western seed. 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 and the losers playing in a consolation game.


March 12–13
National Championship
March 14
W1 Minnesota 3  
E2 Rensselaer 2  
  W1 Minnesota 3  
  W2 Michigan 7  
E1 Boston University 2
W2 Michigan 14     Third Place Game
  E1 Boston University 3
  E2 Rensselaer 6

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)


Minnesota vs. Rensselaer[edit]

Boston University vs. Michigan[edit]

Consolation Game[edit]

Boston University vs. Rensselaer[edit]

National Championship[edit]

Minnesota vs. Michigan[edit]

All-Tournament Team[2][edit]


  1. ^ "NCAA Division 1 Tournament". College Hockey Historical Archives. Archived from the original on 2013-06-21. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  2. ^ "NCAA Frozen Four Records" (PDF). NCAA.org. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2013-06-22. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  3. ^ "NCAA Division I Awards". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved 2013-07-17.