2017 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament

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2017 NCAA Men's Division I
Ice Hockey Tournament
2017 Frozen Four.png
2017 Frozen Four logo
Teams 16
Finals Site
Champions Denver Pioneers (8th title)
Runner-Up Minnesota–Duluth Bulldogs (3rd title game)
Winning coach Jim Montgomery (1st title)
MOP Jarid Lukosevicius Denver
Attendance 39,409

The 2017 NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Tournament was the national championship tournament for men's college ice hockey in the United States, held from March 24 - April 8, 2017. The tournament involved 16 teams in single-elimination play to determine the national champion at the Division I level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the highest level of competition in college hockey. The tournament's Frozen Four – the semifinals and finals – was hosted by the University of Notre Dame and the Chicago Sports Commission at the United Center in Chicago.[1]

Denver defeated Minnesota-Duluth 3–2 to win the program's 8th NCAA title.

Tournament procedure[edit]

2017 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament is located in the US
2017 Regionals (blue) and Frozen Four (red)

The tournament is composed 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 2017 regionals:[2]

March 24–25
East Regional, Dunkin' Donuts CenterProvidence, Rhode Island (Host: Brown University)
West Regional, Scheels ArenaFargo, North Dakota (Host: University of North Dakota)
March 25–26
Northeast Regional, SNHU ArenaManchester, New Hampshire (Host: University of New Hampshire)
Midwest Regional, US Bank ArenaCincinnati, Ohio (Host: Miami University)

The winner of each regional advanced to the Frozen Four:

April 6–8
United CenterChicago, Illinois (Host: University of Notre Dame)

Qualifying teams[edit]

The at-large bids and seeding for each team in the tournament were announced on March 19.[3] Hockey East had four teams receive a berth in the tournament, NCHC had four teams receive a berth, ECAC Hockey had three teams receive a berth, Big Ten Conference had three teams receive a berth, and one team from the Atlantic Hockey, and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) received a berth.

East Regional – Providence West Regional – Fargo
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid
1 Harvard (3) ECAC 26–5–2 Tournament Champion 24th 2016 1 Minnesota-Duluth (2) NCHC 25–6–7 Tournament Champion 11th 2016
2 Western Michigan NCHC 22–12–5 At-large bid 6th 2012 2 Boston University Hockey East 23–11–3 At-large bid 35th 2016
3 Air Force Atlantic Hockey 26–9–5 Tournament champion 6th 2012 3 North Dakota NCHC 21–15–3 At-large bid 32nd 2016
4 Providence Hockey East 22–11–5 At-large bid 13th 2016 4 Ohio State Big Ten 21–11–6 At-large bid 7th 2009
Northeast Regional – Manchester Midwest Regional – Cincinnati
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid
1 Minnesota (4) Big Ten 23–11–3 At-large bid 37th 2015 1 Denver (1) NCHC 29–7–4 At-large bid 27th 2016
2 UMass Lowell Hockey East 26–10–3 Tournament champion 8th 2016 2 Union ECAC 25–9–3 At-large bid 5th 2014
3 Cornell ECAC 19–8–4 At-large bid 20th 2012 3 Penn State Big Ten 24–11–2 Tournament Champion 1st Never
4 Notre Dame Hockey East 21–11–5 At-large bid 9th 2016 4 Michigan Tech WCHA 23–14–7 Tournament Champion 12th 2015

Number in parentheses denotes overall seed in the tournament.

Tournament bracket[edit]

Regional Semifinals
March 24–25
Regional Finals
March 25–26
April 6
April 8
1 Denver (1) 5
4 Michigan Tech 2
1 Denver 6
Cincinnati – Sat/Sun
3 Penn State 3
2 Union 3
3 Penn State 10
MW1 Denver 6
NE4 Notre Dame 1
1 Minnesota (4) 2
4 Notre Dame 3
4 Notre Dame 3*
Manchester – Sat/Sun
2 UMass-Lowell 2
2 UMass Lowell 5
3 Cornell 0
MW1 Denver 3
W1 Minnesota-Duluth 2
1 Harvard (3) 3
4 Providence 0
1 Harvard 3
Providence – Fri/Sat
3 Air Force 2
2 Western Michigan 4
3 Air Force 5
E1 Harvard 1
W1 Minnesota-Duluth 2
1 Minnesota–Duluth (2) 3*
4 Ohio State 2
1 Minnesota-Duluth 3*
Fargo – Fri/Sat
2 Boston University 2
2 Boston University 4**
3 North Dakota 3

Note: * denotes overtime period

National Championship[edit]

(MW1) Denver vs. (W1) Minnesota–Duluth[edit]

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st None
2nd DU Jarid Lukosevicius Davies and Hillman 4:44 1–0 DU
DU Jarid Lukosevicius (2) Terry and Davies 5:00 2–0 DU
UMD Alex IafalloPP Anderson and Pionk 7:16 2–1 DU
DU Jarid Lukosevicius (3) – GW Gambrell and Terry 12:23 3–1 DU
3rd UMD Riley Tufte Peterson and Kotyk 14:39 3–2 DU
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st UMD Dan Molenaar Elbowing 17:32 2:00
2nd DU Matt Marcinew Hooking 6:44 2:00
UMD Willie Rascob Indirect contact to the head; Elbowing 7:34 2:00



ESPN had US television rights to all games during the tournament for the thirteenth consecutive year.[5] ESPN aired every game, beginning with the regionals, on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNews, ESPNU, or ESPN3 and streamed them online via WatchESPN.

In Canada, the tournament was broadcast by TSN and streamed on TSN Go.

Broadcast assignments[edit]


Frozen Four


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


2016 NCAA Division I ice hockey teams with an average home attendance of at least 10,000[8]:
Team Total attendance Home average
North Dakota Fighting Hawks 241,603 11,505
Wisconsin Badgers 182,839 10,158