2016 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament

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2016 NCAA Men's Division I
Ice Hockey Tournament
2016 Frozen Four.png
2016 Frozen Four logo
Teams 16
Finals Site
Champions North Dakota Fighting Hawks (8th title)
Runner-Up Quinnipiac Bobcats (2nd title game)
Winning coach Brad Berry (1st title)
MOP Drake Caggiula North Dakota
Attendance Championship: 19,358

The 2016 NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Tournament was the national championship tournament for men's college ice hockey in the United States in 2016. The tournament involved 16 teams in single-elimination play to determine the national champion at the Division I level of the NCAA, the highest level of competition in college hockey. The tournament's Frozen Four – the semifinals and finals – were hosted by the University of Wisconsin and the Tampa Bay Sports Commission at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.[1]

North Dakota defeated Quinnipiac 5–1 to win the program's 8th NCAA title.

This is the first time in NCAA college hockey history that a first year coach, Brad Berry, has won the NCAA title.

Tournament procedure[edit]

2016 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament is located in the US
St. Paul
St. Paul
2016 Regionals (blue) and Frozen Four (red)

The tournament consisted of four groups of four teams in regional brackets. The four regionals are officially named after their geographic areas. The following were the sites for the 2016 regionals:

March 25–26
Midwest Regional, US Bank ArenaCincinnati (Host: Miami University)
Northeast Regional, DCU CenterWorcester, Massachusetts (Host: Holy Cross)
March 26–27
East Regional, Times Union CenterAlbany, New York (Host: ECAC Hockey)
West Regional, Xcel Energy CenterSt. Paul, Minnesota (Host: University of Minnesota)

The winner of each regional advanced to the Frozen Four:

April 7–9
Amalie ArenaTampa, Florida (Host: University of Wisconsin)

Qualifying teams[edit]

The at-large bids and seeding for each team in the tournament were announced on March 20.[2] Hockey East had six teams receive a berth in the tournament, NCHC had four teams receive a berth, ECAC Hockey had three teams receive a berth, and one team from the Big Ten Conference, Atlantic Hockey, and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) received a berth.

Midwest Regional – Cincinnati Northeast Regional – Worcester
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid
1 North Dakota (3) NCHC 30–6–4 At-large bid 31st 2015 1 Providence (4) Hockey East 27–6–4 At-large bid 12th 2015
2 Michigan Big Ten 24–7–5 Tournament Champion 36th 2012 2 Boston College Hockey East 26–7–5 At-large bid 35th 2015
3 Notre Dame Hockey East 19–10–7 At-large bid 8th 2014 3 Harvard ECAC 19–10–4 At-large bid 23rd 2015
4 Northeastern Hockey East 22–13–5 Tournament Champion 5th 2009 4 Minnesota-Duluth NCHC 18–15–5 At-large bid 10th 2015
East Regional – Albany West Regional – Saint Paul
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid
1 Quinnipiac (1) ECAC 29–3–7 Tournament Champion 5th 2015 1 St. Cloud State (2) NCHC 31–8–1 Tournament Champion 12th 2015
2 UMass Lowell Hockey East 24–9–5 At-large bid 7th 2014 2 Denver NCHC 23–9–6 At-large bid 26th 2015
3 Yale ECAC 19–8–4 At-large bid 8th 2015 3 Boston University Hockey East 21–12–5 At-large bid 34th 2015
4 RIT Atlantic Hockey 18–14–6 Tournament Champion 3rd 2015 4 Ferris State WCHA 19–14–6 Tournament Champion 4th 2014

Number in parentheses denotes overall seed in the tournament.

Tournament bracket[edit]

Regional Semifinals
March 25–26
Regional Finals
March 26–27
April 7
April 9
1 Quinnipiac (1) 4
4 RIT 0
1 Quinnipiac 4
Albany, New York – Sat/Sun
2 UMass Lowell 1
2 UMass Lowell 3*
3 Yale 2
E1 Quinnipiac 3
NE2 Boston College 2
1 Providence (4) 1
4 Minnesota–Duluth 2**
4 Minnesota–Duluth 2
Worcester, Massachusetts – Fri/Sat
2 Boston College 3
2 Boston College 4
3 Harvard 1
E1 Quinnipiac 1
MW1 North Dakota 5
1 St. Cloud State (2) 4
4 Ferris State 5*
4 Ferris State 3
St. Paul, Minnesota – Sat/Sun
2 Denver 6
2 Denver 7
3 Boston University 2
W2 Denver 2
MW1 North Dakota 4
1 North Dakota (3) 6
4 Northeastern 2
1 North Dakota 5
Cincinnati – Fri/Sat
2 Michigan 2
2 Michigan 3*
3 Notre Dame 2

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)



ESPN has US television rights to all games during the tournament for the twelfth consecutive year.[3] ESPN will air every game, beginning with the regionals, on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNews, ESPNU, or ESPN3 and will stream them online via WatchESPN.[4]

In Canada, the tournament is broadcast by TSN and streamed on TSN Go.[5]

Broadcast Assignments[edit]


Frozen Four & Championship


Westwood One has exclusive radio rights to the Frozen Four and will air both the semifinals and the championship.[6]


  1. ^ "NCAA Championships Site Selections" (Press release). NCAA. December 11, 2013. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  2. ^ "2016 Division I Men's Ice Hockey Championship Selections announced". NCAA.com. March 20, 2016. Retrieved March 20, 2016. 
  3. ^ Margolis, Rachel (December 15, 2011). "ESPN and NCAA® Extend Rights Agreement through 2023–24". ESPN. Retrieved December 15, 2011. 
  4. ^ Volner, Derek (March 22, 2016). "ESPN to Cover Entire 2016 NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Championship". ESPN Media Zone. Retrieved March 24, 2016. 
  5. ^ "NCAA hockey returns to TSN with most expansive schedule ever". TSN.ca Staff. TSN. November 10, 2015. Retrieved March 25, 2016. 
  6. ^ "NCAA, Westwood One extend deal". NCAA. January 13, 2011. Retrieved May 12, 2013.