1966 NCAA University Division Men's Ice Hockey Tournament

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1966 NCAA Men's University Division
Ice Hockey Tournament
Teams 4
Finals Site
Champions Michigan State Spartans (1st title)
Runner-Up Clarkson Golden Knights (2nd title game)
Semifinalists
Winning coach Amo Bessone (1st title)
MOP Gaye Cooley Michigan State
Attendance 9,063

The 1966 NCAA Men's University Division Ice Hockey Tournament was the culmination of the 1965–66 NCAA University Division men's ice hockey season, the 19th such tournament in NCAA history. It was held between March 17 and 19, 1966, and concluded with Michigan State defeating Clarkson 6-1. All games were played at the Williams Arena in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Qualifying teams[1][edit]

Four teams qualified for the tournament, two each from the eastern and western regions. The ECAC tournament champion and the two WCHA tournament co-champions received automatic bids into the tournament. An at-large bid was offered to a second eastern team based upon both their ECAC tournament finish as well as their regular season record.

East West
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid
1 Boston University ECAC Hockey 27–6–0 At-Large 5th 1960 1 Denver WCHA 17–10–3 Tournament co-champion 6th 1964
2 Clarkson ECAC Hockey 23–2–0 Tournament champion 5th 1963 2 Michigan State WCHA 14–13–0 Tournament co-champion 2nd 1959

Format[edit]

Despite winning the tournament the ECAC champion was not seeded as the top eastern team; this occurred because the at-large team played and won more games, both in conference and overall. The WCHA co-champion with the better regular season record 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 Williams Arena. All matches were Single-game eliminations with the semifinal winners advancing to the national championship game and the losers playing in a consolation game.

Tournament Bracket[2][edit]

  Semifinals
March 17–18
National Championship
March 19
                     
W1 Denver 3  
E2 Clarkson 4  
  E2 Clarkson 1  
  W2 Michigan State 6  
E1 Boston University 1
W2 Michigan State 2     Third Place Game
  W1 Denver 4
  E1 Boston University 3

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

Semifinals[edit]

(W1) Denver vs. (E2) Clarkson[edit]


(E1) Boston University vs. (W2) Michigan State[edit]


Consolation Game[edit]

(W1) Denver vs. (E1) Boston University[edit]


National Championship[edit]

(E2) Clarkson vs. (W2) Michigan State[edit]


All-Tournament Team[4][edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NCAA Division 1 Tournament". College Hockey Historical Archives. Archived from the original on 2013-06-21. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
  2. ^ "NCAA Tournament". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Michigan State 2013-14 Hockey History" (PDF). Michigan State Spartans. Retrieved 2017-02-11.
  4. ^ "NCAA Frozen Four Records" (PDF). NCAA.org. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2013-06-22. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
  5. ^ "NCAA Division I Awards". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved 2013-07-17.