List of Minnesota Golden Gophers men's ice hockey seasons

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Mariucci Arena, home arena of the Golden Gophers men's hockey team since 1993

This is a list of seasons completed by the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers men's ice hockey team. The list documents the season-by-season records of the Golden Gophers from 1921 to present, including postseason records, and league awards for individual players or head coaches.

Minnesota has won five NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Championships (1974, 1976, 1979, 2002, 2003) and been the runner-up seven times (1953, 1954, 1971, 1975, 1981, 1989, 2014). The team also shared the 1929 National Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship with Yale and won the 1940 AAU-sponsored national championship for amateur hockey. In their 91-year history, they have played over 2800 games and have an all-time winning percentage of .629. The Gophers have made an NCAA-leading thirty-six NCAA postseason appearances since tournament play began in 1948. Their twenty-one Frozen Four appearances are bettered by two teams: the University of Michigan (twenty-four), Boston College (twenty-four). Minnesota is also one of only five teams to win consecutive national titles (the others being Boston University, University of Denver, University of Michigan and Minnesota-Duluth). The Golden Gophers have been named the WCHA's regular season champion fourteen times, its tournament champion fourteen times, the Big Ten Hockey Conference's regular season champion three times, and its conference tournament champion once.

Season-by-season results[1][edit]

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties

AAU/NCAA D-I Champions NCAA Frozen Four Conference Regular Season Champions Conference Playoff Champions
Season Conference Regular Season[a] Conference Tournament Results National Tournament Results
Conference Overall
GP W L T 3/SW Pts* Finish GP W L T %
I. D. MacDonald (1921–1922)
1921–22 Independent 10 6 3 1 .650
Emil Iverson (1922–1930)
1922–23 Independent 12 10 1 1 .875
1923–24 Independent 14 13 1 0 .929
1924–25 Independent 10 8 1 1 .850
1925–26 Independent 16 12 0 4 .875
1926–27 Independent 15 9 6 0 .600
1927–28 Independent 13 9 2 2 .769
1928–29 Independent 17 14 2 1 .853
1929–30 Independent 18 7 9 2 .444
Frank Pond (1930–1935)
1930–31 Independent 19 7 11 1 .395
1931–32 Independent 16 12 3 1 .781
1932–33 Independent 11 10 1 0 .909
1933–34 Independent 14 11 3 0 .786
1934–35 Independent 17 9 6 2 .588
Larry Armstrong (1935–1947)
1935–36 Independent 16 10 6 0 .625
1936–37 Independent 16 11 4 1 .719
1937–38 Independent 17 7 9 1 .441
1938–39 Independent 23 17 6 0 .739 Won in AAU Quarterfinals, 10–1 (Philadelphia)
Won in AAU Semifinals, 3–2 (St. Nicholas)
Lost in AAU Championship, 3–4 (Cleveland)
1939–40 Independent 18 18 0 0 1.000 Won in AAU Semifinals, 9–4 (Amesbury)
Won AAU Championship, 9–1 (Brock Hall)
1940–41 Independent 16 11 3 2 .750
1941–42 Independent 12 7 5 0 .583
1942–43 Independent 16 10 5 1 .656
1943–44 Independent 11 6 5 0 .545
1944–45 Independent 10 7 2 1 .750
1945–46 Independent 14 9 4 1 .679
1946–47 Independent 20 12 5 3 .675
Elwin Romnes (1947–1952)
1947–48 Independent 21 9 12 0 .429
1948–49 Independent 23 12 11 0 .522
1949–50 Independent 16 5 11 0 .313
1950–51 Independent 26 14 12 0 .538
1951–52 MCHL 12 5 7 0 10 5th 26 13 13 0 .500
John Mariucci (1952–1955)
1952–53 MCHL 20 16 4 0 19 T–1st 29 23 6 0 .793 Won Semifinal, 3–2 (Rensselaer)
Lost Championship, 3–7 (Michigan)
1953–54 WIHL 20 16 3 1 20½ 1st 30 23 6 1 .783 Won Semifinal, 14–1 (Boston College)
Lost Championship, 4–5 (OT) (Rensselaer)
1954–55 WIHL 24 10 12 2 11 3rd 30 16 12 2 .567
Marsh Ryman (1955–1956)
1955–56 WIHL 22 11 10 1 12 4th 29 16 12 1 .569
John Mariucci (1956–1966)
1956–57 WIHL 24 7 15 0 8 6th 29 12 15 2 .429
1957–58 WIHL 24 13 11 0 13 4th 27 16 11 0 .593
1958–59 Big Ten 8 4 3 1 9 2nd 24 12 10 2 .542
1959–60 Big Ten 8 5 3 0 10 1st 27 9 16 2 .370
WCHA 24 8 15 1 .354 6th
1960–61 Big Ten 8 5 3 0 10 2nd 29 17 11 1 .603 Won WCHA Final series, 6–4 (Michigan) Lost Semifinal, 1–6 (Denver)
Won Third Place Game, 4–3 (Rensselaer)
WCHA 20 14 6 0 .700 2nd
1961–62 Big Ten 4 0 3 1 .125 3rd 21 9 10 2 .476
WCHA 16 5 10 1 .344 6th
1962–63 Big Ten 8 5 1 2 12 1st 29 16 9 4 .621 Lost WCHA Semifinal series, 2–9 (Denver)
WCHA 20 10 7 3 .575 4th
1963–64 Big Ten 8 5 3 0 10 2nd 25 14 11 0 .560
WCHA 16 10 6 0 .625 3rd
University Division
1964–65 Big Ten 8 5 3 0 10 1st 28 14 12 2 .536 Lost WCHA First Round series, 7–11 (Michigan Tech)
WCHA 18 10 8 0 .556 3rd
1965–66 Big Ten 8 5 3 0 10 1st 27 16 11 0 .593 Lost WCHA First Round, 3–4 (North Dakota)
WCHA 22 13 9 0 .591 T–2nd
Glen Sonmor (1966–1971)
1966–67 Big Ten 8 2 5 1 5 3rd 29 9 19 1 .328 Lost WCHA First Round, 2–7 (North Dakota)
WCHA 23 5 17 1 .239 8th
1967–68 Big Ten 8 3 5 0 6 2nd 31 19 12 0 .613 Won WCHA First Round, 5–3 (Michigan)
Lost WCHA Final series, 3–16 (Denver)
WCHA 22 13 9 0 .591 5th
1968–69 Big Ten 10 4 5 1 .450 3rd 29 13 13 3 .517 Lost WCHA Regional Semifinal, 4–8 (Michigan)
WCHA 22 11 9 2 .545 4th
1969–70 Big Ten 12 8 4 0 16 1st 33 21 12 0 .636 Won WCHA Regional Semifinal, 3–2 (OT) (Minnesota–Duluth)
Lost WCHA Regional Final, 5–6 (Michigan Tech)
WCHA 26 18 8 0 .692 1st
1970–71 Big Ten 10 5 5 0 .500 3rd 32 14 17 1 .453 Won WCHA Regional Semifinal, 4–3 (Wisconsin)
Won WCHA Regional Final, 5–2 (North Dakota)
Won Semifinal, 6–5 (OT) (Harvard)
Lost Championship, 2–4 (Boston University)
WCHA 22 9 12 1 .432 5th
Ken Yackel (1971–1972)
1971–72 Big Ten 10 4 6 0 8 4th 32† 8† 24 0† .250
WCHA 28 7 21 0 14 10th
Herb Brooks (1972–1979)
1972–73 Big Ten 12 5 4 1 13 3rd 34 15 16 3 .485 Lost WCHA First Round series, 10–14 (Wisconsin)
WCHA 28 12 13 3 35 6th
Division I
1973–74 Big Ten 12 5 4 3 13 T–1st 39 22 11 6 .641 Won WCHA First Round series, 10–5 (Michigan)
Won WCHA Second Round series, 5–4 (Denver)
Won Semifinal, 5–4 (Boston University)
Won Championship, 4–2 (Michigan Tech)
WCHA 28 14 9 5 33 2nd
1974–75 Big Ten 12 8 4 0 16 1st 42 31 10 1 .750 Won WCHA First Round series, 10–2 (Minnesota–Duluth)
Won WCHA Second Round series, 8–5 (Michigan)
Won Semifinal, 6–4 (Harvard)
Lost Championship, 1–6 (Michigan Tech)
WCHA 32 24 8 0 48 1st
1975–76 Big Ten 12 4 8 0 8 3rd 44 28 14 2 .659 Won WCHA First Round series, 12–5 (Colorado College)
Won WCHA Second Round series, 9–8 (Michigan State)
Won Semifinal, 4–2 (Boston University)
Won Championship, 6–4 (Michigan Tech)
WCHA 32 18 13 1 37 3rd
1976–77 Big Ten 12 5 7 0 10 3rd 41 17 21 3 .451 Won WCHA First Round series, 10–7 (Notre Dame)
Lost WCHA Semifinal series, 8–17 (Wisconsin)
WCHA 32 13 16 3 29 7th
1977–78 Big Ten 12 6 6 0 12 3rd 38 22 14 2 .605 Lost WCHA First Round series, 7–8 (Colorado College)
WCHA 32 18 13 1 37 4th
1978–79 Big Ten 12 10 2 0 20 1st 44 32 11 1 .739 Won WCHA First Round series, 11–4 (Michigan Tech)
Won WCHA Second Round series, 8–4 (Minnesota–Duluth)
Won First Round, 6–3 (Bowling Green)
Won Semifinal, 4–3 (New Hampshire)
Won Championship, 4–3 (North Dakota)
WCHA 32 20 11 1 41 2nd
Brad Buetow (1979–1985)
1979–80 Big Ten 12 8 4 0 16 1st 41 26 15 0 .634 Won WCHA First Round series, 13–5 (Michigan Tech)
Won WCHA Second Round series, 13–4 (Colorado College)
Lost First Round, 3–4 (Northern Michigan )
WCHA 32 18 14 0 .563 2nd
1980–81 Big Ten 10 9 1 0 .900 1st 45 33 12 0 .733 Won WCHA First Round series, 10–8 (Minnesota–Duluth)
Won WCHA Second Round series, 14–10 (Colorado College)
Won Quarterfinal series, 14–8 (Colgate)
Won Semifinal, 7–2 (Michigan Tech)
Lost Championship, 3–6 (Wisconsin)
WCHA 28 20 8 0 40 1st
1981–82 WCHA 26 13 11 2 28 3rd 36 22 12 2 .639 Won First Round series, 9–4 (Colorado College)
Lost Semifinal series, 5–9 (North Dakota)
1982–83 WCHA 26 18 7 1 37 1st 45 32 12 1 .722 Won Semifinal series, 11–6 (Minnesota–Duluth)
Lost Championship series, 3–8 (Wisconsin)
Won Quarterfinal series, 16–8 (New Hampshire)
Lost Semifinal, 3–5 (Harvard)
Lost Third Place Game, 3–4 (Providence)
1983–84 WCHA 26 16 9 1 .635 3rd 40 27 11 2 .700 Won First Round series, 7–2 (Colorado College)
Lost Semifinal series, 7–9 (North Dakota)
1984–85 WCHA 32 21 10 3 45 2nd 47 31 13 3 .691 Won First Round series, 9–8 (Northern Michigan)
Won Semifinal series, 14–7 (Wisconsin)
Lost Championship series, 8–10 (Minnesota–Duluth)
Lost Quarterfinal series, 8–9 (Boston College)
Doug Woog (1985–1999)
1985–86 WCHA 34 24 10 0 48 2nd 48 35 13 0 .729 Won First Round series, 14–7 (Colorado College)
Won Semifinal series, 11–4 (Wisconsin)
Lost Championship series, 2–6 (Denver)
Won Quarterfinal series, 11–7 (Boston University)
Lost Semifinal, 4–6 (Michigan State)
Won Third Place Game, 6–4 (Denver)
1986–87 WCHA 35 25 9 1 51 2nd 49 34 14 1 .704 Won First Round series, 17–9 (Michigan Tech)
Won Semifinal series, 9–6 (Wisconsin)
Lost Championship series, 6–10 (North Dakota)
Won Quarterfinal series, 6–4 (Boston College)
Lost Semifinal, 3–5 (Michigan State)
Won Third Place Game, 6–3 (Harvard)
1987–88 WCHA 35 28 7 0 56 1st 44 34 10 0 .773 Won First Round series, 2–0 (Colorado College)
Won Semifinal, 6–1 (Minnesota–Duluth)
Lost Championship, 2–3 (Wisconsin)
Won Quarterfinal series, 8–5 (Michigan State)
Lost Semifinal, 2–3 (St. Lawrence)
Lost Third Place Game, 2–5 (Maine)
1988–89 WCHA 35 27 6 2 36 1st 48 34 11 3 .740 Won First Round series, 2–0 (Colorado College)
Lost Semifinal, 1–2 (Denver)
Lost Third Place Game, 3–4 (Wisconsin)
Won Quarterfinal series, 2–0 (Wisconsin)
Won Semifinal, 7–4 (Maine)
Lost Championship, 3–4 (OT) (Harvard)
1989–90 WCHA 28 17 9 2 36 2nd 46 28 16 2 .630 Won First Round series, 2–0 (Colorado College)
Won Semifinal, 5–4 (North Dakota)
Lost Championship, 1–7 (Wisconsin)
Won First Round series, 2–0 (Clarkson)
Lost Quarterfinal series, 1–2 (Boston College)
1990–91 WCHA 32 22 5 5 49 2nd 45 30 10 5 .722 Won First Round series, 2–0 (Michigan Tech)
Won Semifinal, 3–2 (Wisconsin)
Lost Championship, 2–4 (Northern Michigan)
Won First Round series, 2–1 (Providence)
Lost Quarterfinal series, 0–2 (Maine)
1991–92 WCHA 32 26 6 0 52 1st 44 33 11 0 .750 Won First Round series, 2–0 (North Dakota)
Won Semifinal, 5–1 (Colorado College)
Lost Championship, 2–4 (Northern Michigan)
Lost Regional Semifinal, 3–8 (Lake Superior State)
1992–93 WCHA 32 16 9 7 39 T–2nd 42 22 12 8 .619 Won First Round series, 2–0 (North Dakota)
Won Semifinal, 3–2 (OT) (Wisconsin)
Won Championship, 5–3 (Northern Michigan)
Won Regional Quarterfinal, 2–1 (Clarkson)
Lost Regional Semifinal, 2–6 (Maine)
1993–94 WCHA 32 18 10 4 40 2nd 42 25 13 4 .650 Won First Round series, 2–0 (Denver)
Won Semifinal, 6–1 (Michigan Tech)
Won Championship, 3–2 (OT) (St. Cloud State)
Won Regional Semifinal, 2–1 (2OT) (Massachusetts–Lowell)
Lost National Semifinal, 1–4 (Boston University)
1994–95 WCHA 32 16 11 5 37 4th 44 25 14 5 .625 Won First Round series, 2–0 (Minnesota–Duluth)
Won Quarterfinal, 3–2 (North Dakota)
Lost Semifinal, 4–5 (OT) (Colorado College)
Won Third Place Game, 5–4 (OT) (Denver)
Won Regional Quarterfinal, 1–0 (Rensselaer)
Won Regional Semifinal, 5–2 (Colorado College)
Lost National Semifinal, 3–7 (Boston University)
1995–96 WCHA 32 21 9 2 44 2nd 42‡ 30‡ 10‡ 2‡ .738 Won First Round series, 2–0 (Alaska–Anchorage)
Won Semifinal, 4–3 (OT) (Wisconsin)
Won Championship, 7–2 (Michigan Tech)
Won Regional Quarterfinal, 5–1 (Providence)
Lost Regional Semifinal, 3–4 (Michigan)
1996–97 WCHA 32 21 10 1 43 T–1st 42‡ 28‡ 13‡ 1‡ .679 Won First Round series, 2–0 (Alaska–Anchorage)
Won Semifinal, 5–4 (OT) (St. Cloud State)
Lost Championship, 3–4 (OT) (North Dakota)
Won Regional Quarterfinal, 6–3 (Michigan State)
Lost Regional Semifinal, 4–7 (Michigan)
1997–98 WCHA 28 12 16 0 24 6th 39 17 22 0 .436 Lost First Round series, 1–2 (Minnesota–Duluth)
1998–99 WCHA 28 10 12 6 26 5th 43 15 19 9 .453 Won First Round series, 2–0 (Alaska–Anchorage)
Won Quarterfinal, 5–3 (St. Cloud State)
Lost Semifinal, 2–6 (North Dakota)
Lost Third Place Game, 4–7 (Colorado College)
Don Lucia (1999–2018)
1999–00 WCHA 28 13 13 2 28 6th 41 20 19 2 .512 Won First Round series, 2–0 (Colorado College)
Won Quarterfinal, 6–4 (Minnesota State–Mankato)
Lost Semifinal, 3–5 (Wisconsin)
Lost Third Place Game, 4–6 (St. Cloud State)
2000–01 WCHA 28 18 8 2 38 3rd 42 27 13 2 .667 Won First Round series, 2–0 (Michigan Tech)
Lost Semifinal, 0–3 (St. Cloud State)
Lost Third Place Game, 4–5 (Colorado College)
Lost Regional Quarterfinal, 4–5 (OT) (Maine)
2001–02 WCHA 28 18 7 3 39 3rd 44 32 8 4 .773 Won First Round series, 2–0 (North Dakota)
Won Semifinal, 4–1 (St. Cloud State)
Lost Championship, 2–5 (Denver)
Won Regional Semifinal, 4–2 (Colorado College)
Won National Semifinal, 3–2 (Michigan)
Won National Championship, 4–3 (OT) (Maine)
2002–03 WCHA 28 15 6 7 37 T–2nd 45 28 8 9 .722 Won First Round series, 2–0 (Michigan Tech)
Won Semifinal, 3–2 (OT) (Minnesota State)
Won Championship, 4–2 (Colorado College)
Won Regional Semifinal, 9–2 (Mercyhurst)
Won Regional Final, 7–4 (Ferris State)
Won National Semifinal, 3–2 (OT) (Michigan)
Won National Championship, 5–1 (New Hampshire)
2003–04 WCHA 28 15 12 1 31 T–4th 44 27 14 3 .648 Won First Round series, 2–0 (St. Cloud State)
Won Semifinal, 7–4 (Minnesota–Duluth)
Won Championship, 5–4 (North Dakota)
Won Regional Semifinal, 5–2 (Notre Dame)
Lost Regional Final, 1–3 (Minnesota–Duluth)
2004–05 WCHA 28 17 10 1 35 T–3rd 44 28 15 1 .648 Won First Round series, 2–0 (Minnesota State)
Lost Semifinal, 0–3 (Colorado College)
Lost Third Place Game, 2–4 (North Dakota)
Won Regional Semifinal, 1–0 (OT) (Maine)
Won Regional Final, 2–1 (OT) (Cornell)
Lost National Semifinal, 2–4 (North Dakota)
2005–06 WCHA 28 20 5 3 43 1st 41 27 9 5 .720 Won First Round series, 2–0 (Alaska–Anchorage)
Lost Semifinal, 7–8 (OT) (St. Cloud State)
Lost Third Place Game, 0–4 (Wisconsin)
Lost Regional Semifinal, 3–4 (OT) (Holy Cross)
2006–07 WCHA 28 18 7 3 39 1st 44 31 10 3 .739 Won First Round series, 2–0 (Alaska–Anchorage)
Won Semifinal, 4–2 (Wisconsin)
Won Championship, 3–2 (OT) (North Dakota)
Won Regional Semifinal, 4–3 (Air Force)
Lost Regional Final, 2–3 (OT) (North Dakota)
2007–08 WCHA 28 9 12 7 25 7th 45 19 17 9 .522 Won First Round series, 2–1 (Minnesota State)
Won Quarterfinal, 3–2 (St. Cloud State)
Won Semifinal, 2–1 (OT) (Colorado College)
Lost Championship, 1–2 (Denver)
Lost Regional Semifinal, 2–5 (Boston College)
2008–09 WCHA 28 12 11 5 29 5th 37 17 13 7 .554 Won First Round series, 2–0 (St. Cloud State)
Lost Quarterfinal, 1–2 (Minnesota–Duluth)
2009–10 WCHA 28 12 14 2 26 7th 39 18 19 2 .487 Lost First Round series, 1–2 (North Dakota)
2010–11 WCHA 28 13 10 5 31 5th 36 16 14 6 .528 Lost First Round series, 0–2 (Alaska–Anchorage)
2011–12 WCHA 28 20 8 0 40 1st 43 28 14 1 .663 Won First Round series, 2–0 (Alaska–Anchorage)
Lost Semifinal, 3–6 (North Dakota)
Won Regional Semifinal, 7–3 (Boston University)
Won Regional Final, 5–2 (North Dakota)
Lost National Semifinal, 1–6 (Boston College)
2012–13 WCHA 28 16 7 5 36 T–1st 40 26 9 5 .713 Won First Round series, 2–0 (Bemidji State)
Lost Semifinal, 0–2 (Colorado College)
Lost Regional Semifinal, 2–3 (OT) (Yale)
2013–14 Big Ten 20 14 3 3 0 45 1st 41 28 7 6 .756 Lost Semifinal, 1–3 (Ohio State) Won Regional Semifinal, 7–3 (Robert Morris)
Won Regional Final, 4–0 (St. Cloud State)
Won National Semifinal, 2–1 (North Dakota)
Lost National Championship, 4–7 (Union)
2014–15 Big Ten 20 12 5 3 0 39 1st 39 23 13 3 .628 Won Semifinal, 3–0 (Ohio State)
Won Championship, 4–2 (Michigan)
Lost Regional Semifinal, 1–4 (Minnesota–Duluth)
2015–16 Big Ten 20 14 6 0 0 42 1st 37 20 17 0 .541 Won Semifinal, 4–2 (Ohio State)
Lost Championship, 3–5 (Michigan)
2016–17 Big Ten 20 14 5 1 0 43 1st 38 23 12 3 .645 Lost Semifinal, 1–4 (Penn State) Lost Regional Semifinal, 2–3 (Notre Dame)
2017–18 Big Ten 24 10 12 2 1 33 5th 38 19 17 2 .526 Lost Quarterfinal series, 0–2 (Penn State)
Bob Motzko (2018–Present)
2018–19 Big Ten 24 11 10 3 0 34 3rd 38 18 16 4 .526 Won Quarterfinal series, 2–0 (Michigan)
Lost Semifinal, 1–2 (OT) (Notre Dame)
Totals GP W L T % Championships
Regular Season 2766 1648 931 187 .630 14 MCHL/WIHL/WCHA Championships, 14 Big Ten Championships
Conference Post-season 182 111 65 6 .626 14 WCHA Tournament Championships, 1 Big Ten Tournament Championship
NCAA Post-season 93 55 38 0 .591 37 NCAA Tournament appearances
Regular Season and Post-season Record 3041 1814 1034 193 .628 5 NCAA Division I National Championships

†Sonmor resigned in December of 1971.
Mike Guentzel Served as an interim coach for a total of three games in two seasons while Doug Woog was suspended.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Code explanation; GP—Games Played, W—Wins, L—Losses, T—Tied games, 3/SW—Win in 3 on 3 overtime or shootout, Pts—Points*

References[edit]

Specific[edit]

  1. ^ "Minnesota Men's Hockey 2018-19 Media Guide" (PDF). Minnesota Golden Gophers. Retrieved April 2, 2019.

General[edit]