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The 1947–48 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey season began in November 1947 and concluded with the 1948 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament's championship game on March 20, 1948 at the Broadmoor Ice Palace in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This was the 1st season in which an NCAA ice hockey championship was held and is the 54th year overall where an NCAA school fielded a team. In 1947 there were quasi-official guidelines separating major and minor football programs across the NCAA, but no such determinations had been made for ice hockey teams. Even among the universities that played ice hockey, no such distinctions were even attempted until the mid-1960s.[1] While the Division I level of the NCAA would not be an official designation until 1973,[2] it is referred to as such here for clarity and continuity.

As this was the first time a national championship was held, it is considered (unofficially) the first season of NCAA Division I ice hockey as it is the first time that any college teams would have to conform to NCAA regulations regarding recruitment, scholarship, eligibility, etc. The tournament was, itself, born out of a desire to definitively decide the best collegiate team in the country. With only a handful of universities even playing ice hockey (indoor ice rinks were fairly expensive to operate) and even less playing a decent amount of games each year only four teams were selected to play in the tournament.

Regular seasonEdit

Season tournamentsEdit

Tournament Dates Teams Champion
NEIHL Tournament March 8–9 4 Boston College

StandingsEdit

1947–48 Division I Independent ice hockey standings
Conference Overall
GP W L T Pct. GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Boston College 19 14 5 0 126 60
Bowdoin 11 6 5 0
Brown 14 5 9 0 61 91
Clarkson 17 10 6 1 96 54
Colby
Colgate 12 8 4 0 71 49
Colorado College 27 19 8 0 207 120
Cornell 4 0 4 0 3 43
Dartmouth 24 21 3 0 156 81
Hamilton 16 8 8 0
Harvard 23 9 14 0 135 140
Massachusetts 2 0 2 0 1 23
Michigan 23 20 2 1 141 63
Michigan Tech 20 8 12 0 91 97
Middlebury 16 10 5 1
Minnesota 21 9 12 0 100 105
MIT
New Hampshire 13 4 9 0 58 67
North Dakota 16 11 5 0 103 68
Northeastern 19 10 9 0 135 119
Princeton 21 10 11 0 79 79
St. Lawrence 9 6 3 0 65 27
Williams 9 4 3 2
Yale 20 8 11 1 89 85

1948 NCAA Tournament[3]Edit

  Semifinals
March 18–19
National Championship
March 20
                     
E1 Dartmouth 8  
W2 Colorado College 4  
  E1 Dartmouth 4  
  W1 Michigan 8  
W1 Michigan 6*
E2 Boston College 4  

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

Player statsEdit

Scoring leaders[4]Edit

The following players led the league in points at the conclusion of the season.

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes

Player Class Team GP G A Pts PIM
McMillan, GordonGordon McMillan Junior Michigan 21 32 30 62
Rowell, DickDick Rowell Junior Colorado College 18 37 55
Riley, BillBill Riley Junior Dartmouth 30 23 53
Gerard, ThomasThomas Gerard Sophomore St. Lawrence 15 23 19 42
Mason, BobBob Mason Sophomore Boston College 21 19 40
Moher, ArthurArthur Moher Junior Yale 21 19 40
DePaul, RolandRoland DePaul Junior Minnesota 22 9 31
Forbes, WilliamWilliam Forbes Sophomore New Hampshire 20 8 28
Sullivan, BillBill Sullivan Sophomore North Dakota 16 18 6 24 4
Christian, GordyGordy Christian Sophomore North Dakota 15 12 12 24 12

Leading goaltenders[4]Edit

The following goaltenders led the league in goals against average at the end of the regular season while playing at least 33% of their team's total minutes.

GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime/shootout losses; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

Player Class Team GP Min W L OT GA SO SV% GAA
O'Connor, RobertRobert O'Connor Freshman Princeton 18 - - - - - - - 1.72
Delvecchio, GeneGene Delvecchio Freshman St. Lawrence 14 803 - - - 52 2 - 3.88
Murray, BobBob Murray Sophomore North Dakota - - - - - - 1 .894 4.07
Burns, JamesJames Burns Sophomore Yale - - - - - - - - 5.07
Forman, ArthurArthur Forman Sophomore North Dakota - - - - - - 0 .840 5.50

AwardsEdit

NCAAEdit

Award[5] Recipient
Most Outstanding Player in NCAA Tournament Joe Riley, Dartmouth

ReferencesEdit

  1. History of ECAC Hockey. College Hockey Historical Archives. Archived from the original on January 29, 2013. Retrieved on January 29, 2013.
  2. Crowley, Joseph N. (2006). In The Arena: The NCAA's First Century. NCAA Publications, 42. 
  3. "NCAA Tournament", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on May 19, 2013. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 1947-47 NCAA Division I Statistics. Elite Prospects. Retrieved on December 21, 2016.
  5. "NCAA Division I Awards", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on June 11, 2013. 

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