1954 NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament

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1954 NCAA Men's
Ice Hockey Tournament
Teams 4
Finals Site
Champions Rensselaer Engineers (1st title)
Runner-Up Minnesota Golden Gophers (2nd title game)
Winning coach Ned Harkness (1st title)
MOP Abbie Moore Rensselaer
Attendance 7,800

The 1954 NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Tournament was the culmination of the 1953–54 NCAA men's ice hockey season, the 7th such tournament in NCAA history. It was held between March 11 and 13, 1954, and concluded with Rensselaer defeating Minnesota 5-4 in overtime. All games were played at the Broadmoor Ice Palace in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

This was the first championship game to go into overtime.

Rensselaer's title was the only championship won by a team from the Tri-State League. Despite its low membership the Tri-State League would send at least one representative to the tournament every year from 1952 through 1964 before being dissolved in 1972.[1]

Minnesota's victory in the semifinal over Boston College holds two separate records: the most goals scored by one team in an NCAA tournament game (14, tied with Michigan in 1953) and the largest single-game margin of victory in an NCAA tournament (+13).

Boston College, by being outscored 3-21 in their two games, also holds the worst single-tournament goal differential (-18). (as of 2016)

Qualifying teams[edit]

Four teams qualified for the tournament, two each from the eastern and western regions. The two best WIHL teams and a Tri-State League representative received bids into the tournament as did one independent school.[2]

East West
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid
1 Rensselaer Tri-State League 16–5–0 At-Large 2nd 1953 1 Minnesota WIHL 22–5–1 At-Large 2nd 1953
2 Boston College Independent 17–2–0 At-Large 4th 1950 2 Michigan WIHL 14–5–2 At-Large 7th 1953


The eastern team judged as better was seeded as the top eastern team while the WIHL 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 11–12
National Championship
March 13
W1 Minnesota 14  
E2 Boston College 1  
  W1 Minnesota 4  
  E1 Rensselaer 5*  
E1 Rensselaer 6
W2 Michigan 4     Third Place Game
  W2 Michigan 7
  E2 Boston College 2

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)


Minnesota vs. Boston College[edit]

Rensselaer vs. Michigan[edit]

Consolation Game[edit]

Boston College vs. Michigan[edit]

National Championship[edit]

Minnesota vs. Rensselaer[edit]

All-Tournament Team[edit]


  1. ^ "History of the Tri-State League/ICAC". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved 2017-01-11.
  2. ^ "NCAA Division 1 Tournament". College Hockey Historical Archives. Archived from the original on 2013-06-21. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
  3. ^ "NCAA Division I Awards". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved 2013-07-17.
  4. ^ "NCAA Frozen Four Records" (PDF). NCAA.org. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2013-06-22. Retrieved 2013-06-19.