2019 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament

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2019 NCAA Men's Division I
Ice Hockey Tournament
2019 Frozen Four Logo.png
2019 Frozen Four Logo
Teams16
Finals site
ChampionsMinnesota–Duluth Bulldogs (3rd title)
Runner-upUMass Minutemen (1st title game)
Semifinalists
Winning coachScott Sandelin (3rd title)
MOPParker Mackay (Minnesota–Duluth)

The 2019 NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Tournament was the national championship tournament for men's college ice hockey in the United States. 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 – were hosted by the MAAC at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York from April 11-13, 2019. This was the second Frozen Four in the city of Buffalo, as it previously hosted in 2003.

This was the first championship since 2007 to have multiple programs make their first NCAA tournament appearance (American International and Arizona State), and Bowling Green State University made their first appearance in the NCAA tournament in 29 years.

Tournament procedure[edit]

2019 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament is located in the United States
Buffalo
Buffalo
Manchester
Manchester
Providence
Providence
Fargo
Fargo
Allentown
Allentown
2018 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 are the sites for the 2019 regionals: [1]

March 29–30
Northeast Regional, SNHU ArenaManchester, New Hampshire (Host: New Hampshire)
West Regional, Scheels ArenaFargo, North Dakota (Host: North Dakota)
March 30–31
East Regional, Dunkin' Donuts CenterProvidence, Rhode Island (Host: Brown)
Midwest Regional, PPL CenterAllentown, Pennsylvania (Host: Penn State)

The winner of each regional will advance to the Frozen Four:

April 11/13
KeyBank CenterBuffalo, New York (Host: MAAC)

Qualifying teams[edit]

The at-large bids and seeding for each team in the tournament were announced on March 24.[2] Teams were seeded according to their PairWise rankings (PWR) 1 thru 16 then matchups were adjusted to prevent teams from the same conference meeting in the first round. After the four groups were decided they were placed in regions as close, geographically, to the top seed as possible. The ECAC Hockey had four teams receive a berth in the tournament, the NCHC and Hockey East each had three teams receive a berth, the WCHA and Big Ten had two teams receive a berth, while one team from Atlantic Hockey received a berth. For the first time since 1992 an independent program, Arizona State, also received a tournament berth.

West Regional – Fargo Midwest Regional – Allentown
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid
1 St. Cloud State (1) NCHC 30–5–3 At Large 14th 2018 1 Minnesota–Duluth (2) NCHC 25–11–2 Tournament Champion 13th 2018
2 Denver NCHC 22–11–5 At-Large 28th 2018 2 Quinnipiac ECAC Hockey 25–9–2 At-Large 6th 2016
3 Ohio State Big Ten 20–10–5 At-Large 9th 2018 3 Arizona State Independent 21–12–1 At-Large 1st Never
4 American International Atlantic Hockey 22–16–1 Tournament champion 1st Never 4 Bowling Green WCHA 25–10–5 At-Large 10th 1990
East Regional – Providence Northeast Regional – Manchester
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid
1 Minnesota State (3) WCHA 32–7–2 Tournament Champion 6th 2018 1 Massachusetts (4) Hockey East 28–9–0 At-Large 2nd 2007
2 Northeastern Hockey East 27–10–1 Tournament champion 7th 2018 2 Clarkson ECAC Hockey 26–10–2 Tournament Champion 22nd 2018
3 Cornell ECAC Hockey 20–10–4 At-Large 22nd 2018 3 Notre Dame Big Ten 22–13–3 Tournament Champion 11th 2018
4 Providence Hockey East 22–11–6 At-Large 15th 2018 4 Harvard ECAC Hockey 19–10–3 At-Large 25th 2017

Number in parentheses denotes overall seed in the tournament.

Tournament bracket[edit]

Regional Semifinals
March 29–30
Regional Finals
March 30–31
Semifinals
April 11
Championship
April 13
            
1 St. Cloud State (1) 1
4 American International 2
4 American International 0
WestFargo – Fri/Sat
2 Denver 3
2 Denver 2
3 Ohio State 0
W2 Denver 3
NE1 Massachusetts (4) 4*
1 Massachusetts (4) 4
4 Harvard 0
1 Massachusetts (4) 4
NortheastManchester – Fri/Sat
3 Notre Dame 0
2 Clarkson 2
3 Notre Dame 3*
NE1 Massachusetts (4) 0
MW1 Minnesota–Duluth (2) 3
1 Minnesota–Duluth (2) 2*
4 Bowling Green 1
1 Minnesota–Duluth (2) 3
MidwestAllentown – Sat/Sun
2 Quinnipiac 1
2 Quinnipiac 2
3 Arizona State 1
MW1 Minnesota–Duluth (2) 4
E4 Providence 1
1 Minnesota State (3) 3
4 Providence 6
4 Providence 4
EastProvidence – Sat/Sun
3 Cornell 0
2 Northeastern 1
3 Cornell 5

Note: * denotes overtime period

Media[edit]

Television[edit]

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

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

In the UK, the tournament will be broadcast by BT Sport ESPN.

Broadcast assignments[edit]

Regionals

Frozen Four

  • John Buccigross, Barry Melrose, Colby Cohen and Quint Kessenich – Buffalo, New York

Radio[edit]

Westwood One has exclusive radio rights to the Frozen Four and will air both the semifinals and the championship.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.ncaa.com/news/ncaa/article/2017-04-18/2019-2022-future-di-ncaa-championship-sites
  2. ^ "Field of 16 set for 2019 NCAA Division I men's national tournament; St. Cloud State earns top overall seed". NCAA.com. March 24, 2019. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  3. ^ Margolis, Rachel (December 15, 2011). "ESPN and NCAA® Extend Rights Agreement through 2023-24". ESPN. Retrieved December 15, 2011.
  4. ^ "NCAA, Westwood One extend deal". NCAA. January 13, 2011. Archived from the original on 2013-05-16. Retrieved May 12, 2013.