1991 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament

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1991 NCAA Men's Division I
Ice Hockey Tournament
Teams 12
Finals Site
Champions Northern Michigan Wildcats (1st title)
Runner-Up Boston University Terriers (6th title game)
Winning coach Rick Comley[1] (1st title)
MOP Scott Beattie Northern Michigan
Attendance 35,938

The 1991 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was the culmination of the 1990–91 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey season, the 44th such tournament in NCAA history. It was held between March 15 and March 30, 1991, and concluded with Northern Michigan defeating Boston University 8-7 in overtime. All First Round and Quarterfinals matchups were held at home team venues with the 'Frozen Four' games being played at the Saint Paul Civic Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Qualifying teams[2][edit]

The NCAA permitted 12 teams to qualify for the tournament and divided its qualifiers into two regions (East and West). Each of the tournament champions from the four Division I conferences (CCHA, ECAC, Hockey East and WCHA) received automatic invitations into the tournament with At-large bids making up the remaining 8 teams. The NCAA permitted one Independent team to participate in the tournament and because the previous year the independent qualifier was placed in the East pool the two western conferences (CCHA and WCHA) would split only three open spots as opposed to the East's four open spots. The top four remaining eastern teams and the top three remaining western teams received invitations and were seeded with the automatic qualifiers according to their ranking.

East West
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid
1 Maine Hockey East 30–8–2 At-large bid 5th 1990 1 Lake Superior State CCHA 35–3–4 Tournament champion 5th 1990
2 Boston University Hockey East 25–10–2 Tournament champion 17th 1990 2 Northern Michigan WCHA 34–5–4 Tournament champion 4th 1989
3 Boston College Hockey East 27–10–0 At-large bid 18th 1990 3 Michigan CCHA 32–7–3 At-large bid 14th 1977
4 Clarkson ECAC 25–7–2 Tournament champion 11th 1990 4 Minnesota WCHA 28–7–5 At-large bid 18th 1990
5 Providence Hockey East 23–10–8 At-large bid 7th 1989 5 Wisconsin WCHA 26–13–3 At-large bid 12th 1990
6 Cornell ECAC 17–9–3 At-large bid 10th 1986 6 Alaska-Anchorage Independent 20–15–4 At-large bid 2nd 1990


The tournament featured four rounds of play. The three odd-number ranked teams from one region were placed into a bracket with the three even-number ranked teams of the other region. The teams were then seeded according to their ranking with the top two teams in each bracket receiving byes into the quarterfinals. In the first round the third and sixth seeds and the fourth and fifth seeds played best-of-three series to determine which school advanced to the Quarterfinals with the winners of the 4 vs. 5 series playing the first seed and the winner of the 3 vs. 6 series playing the second seed. In the Quarterfinals the matches were best-of-three series once more with the victors advancing to the National Semifinals. Beginning with the Semifinals all games were played at the Saint Paul Civic Center and all series became Single-game eliminations. The winning teams in the semifinals advanced to the National Championship Game.

Tournament Bracket[edit]

  First Round
March 15–17
March 22–24
Frozen Four
March 28
National Championship
March 30
  E1 Maine 4 5  
  W4 Minnesota 0 3  
W4 Minnesota 3 8 8  
E5 Providence 4 4 3
  E1 Maine 3  
  W2 Northern Michigan 5  
  W2 Northern Michigan 8 5
  W6 Alaska Anchorage 5 3  
E3 Boston College 2 1  
W6 Alaska-Anchorage 3 3
  W2 Northern Michigan 8***
  E2 Boston University 7
  W1 Lake Superior State 3 6 3  
  E4 Clarkson 7 2 4  
E4 Clarkson 8 5  
W5 Wisconsin 3 4
  E4 Clarkson 3
  E2 Boston University 7  
  E2 Boston University 4 8
  W3 Michigan 1 1  
W3 Michigan 4 6 9  
E6 Cornell 5* 4 3

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

First Round[edit]

(E3) Boston College vs. (W6) Alaska-Anchorage[edit]

Alaska-Anchorage won series 2–0

(E4) Clarkson vs. (W5) Wisconsin[edit]

Clarkson won series 2–0

(W3) Michigan vs. (E6) Cornell[edit]

Michigan won series 2–1

(W4) Minnesota vs. (E5) Providence[edit]

Minnesota won series 2–1


(E1) Maine vs. (W4) Minnesota[edit]

Maine won series 2–0

(E2) Boston University vs. (W3) Michigan[edit]

Boston University won series 2–0

(W1) Lake Superior State vs. (E4) Clarkson[edit]

Clarkson won series 2–1

(W2) Northern Michigan vs. (W6) Alaska-Anchorage[edit]

Northern Michigan won series 2–0

Frozen Four[edit]

National Semifinal[edit]

(E1) Maine vs. (W2) Northern Michigan[edit]

(E2) Boston University vs. (E4) Clarkson[edit]

National Championship[edit]

(W2) Northern Michigan vs. (E2) Boston University[edit]

All-Tournament Team[3][edit]

* Most Outstanding Player(s)[4]


  1. ^ "Northern Michigan Men's Hockey Team History". USCHO.com. Retrieved 2014-08-27. 
  2. ^ "NCAA Division 1 Tournament". College Hockey Historical Archives. Archived from the original on 2013-06-21. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  3. ^ "NCAA Frozen Four Records" (PDF). NCAA.org. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2013-06-22. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  4. ^ "NCAA Division I Awards". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved 2013-07-17.