The 1950–51 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey season began in November 1950 and concluded with the 1951 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament's championship game on March 17, 1951 at the Broadmoor Ice Palace in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This was the 4th season in which an NCAA ice hockey championship was held and is the 57th year overall where an NCAA school fielded a team.

This was the first season of play for the Tri-State League. The 6-team conference was the first to formally sponsor ice hockey as a sport at any level. The Tri-State League also produced the first conference playoff game this season when Clarkson defeated Middlebury to claim the conference title. There would not be another conference playoff until the WCHA tournament began in 1960.[1]

The American Hockey Coaches Association awarded Eddie Jeremiah the first Spencer Penrose Award as the top coach in the college game. It is named after Spencer Penrose who helped found The Broadmoor, the hotel and resort where the Ice Palace was located.[2]

Regular season[edit | edit source]

Season tournaments[edit | edit source]

Tournament Dates Teams Champion
NEIHL Tournament March 5–7 4 Boston University

Standings[3][edit | edit source]

1950–51 NCAA Division I Independent ice hockey standings
Conference Overall
GP W L T Pct. GF GA GP W L T GF GA
American International 17 8 8 1
Army 13 2 10 1 33 76
Boston College 20 12 8 0 105 89
Boston University 21 16 5 0 149 59
Bowdoin 12 6 5 1
Brown 24 18 6 0 172 72
Colby
Colorado College 25 16 8 1 192 130
Dartmouth 19 9 9 1 71 89
Denver 23 11 11 1 134 111
Hamilton 16 7 9 0
Harvard 23 12 11 0 117 91
Massachusetts 7 0 7 0 10 40
Michigan 27 22 4 1 212 100
Michigan State 17 6 11 0 65 95
Michigan Tech 21 5 14 2 89 134
Minnesota 26 14 12 0 140 112
MIT
New Hampshire 9 5 4 0 44 34
North Dakota 26 12 12 2 116 139
Northeastern 19 8 11 0 90 77
Norwich 12 6 6 0
Princeton 18 7 10 1 100 111
Yale 18 15 2 1 132 45
1950–51 Tri-State League standings
Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Clarkson 5 4 1 0 8 15 12 2 1 106 52
Middlebury 5 4 1 0 8 15 13 2 0
St. Lawrence 5 3 2 0 6 14 8 6 0 63 44
Williams 5 2 3 0 4 13 4 9 0
Rensselaer 5 1 4 0 2 12 27 15 5 10 0 55 88
Colgate 5 1 4 0 2 9 2 7 0 19 55
indicates conference regular season champion
At the conclusion of the season Clarkson defeated Middlebury 16-3 in a playoff game and were declared the sole champion.

1951 NCAA Tournament[4][edit | edit source]

  Semifinals
March 15–16
National Championship
March 17
                     
W1 Michigan 8  
E2 Boston University 2  
  W1 Michigan 7  
  E1 Brown 1  
E1 Brown 8
W2 Colorado College 4     Third Place Game
  E2 Boston University 7
  W2 Colorado College 4

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

Player stats[edit | edit source]

Scoring leaders[5][edit | edit source]

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
Celley, NeilNeil Celley Senior Michigan 27 40 39 79
Burford, GilbertGilbert Burford Senior Michigan 37 34 71
Sennott, DonDon Sennott Junior Brown 24 24 46 70
Hartwell, RonRon Hartwell Junior Colorado College 44 18 62
Munro, BillBill Munro Junior Clarkson 15 39 23 62
Wheeler, BobBob Wheeler Junior Brown 23 33 27 60
Frasca, TonyTony Frasca Junior Colorado College 25 32 28 60
Johannson, KenKen Johannson Sophomore North Dakota 26 27 32 59 29
McKennell, JohnJohn McKennell Freshman Michigan 35 22 57
Garrity, JackJack Garrity Junior Boston University 21 34 23 57 20

Leading goaltenders[5][edit | edit source]

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
Cruikshank, PaulPaul Cruikshank Sophomore Yale - - - - - - - - 2.31
Delvecchio, GeneGene Delvecchio Senior St. Lawrence 16 960 - - - 62 0 - 3.87
Ross, LarryLarry Ross Sophomore Minnesota 19 - - - - - - - 4.10
Morin, WalterWalter Morin Sophomore Denver - - 11 - - - 1 .845 4.83
Lindbeck, RudyRudy Lindbeck Junior North Dakota 26 - 12 12 2 - 0 .828 5.56
Reid, DelmarDelmar Reid Junior Michigan State 15 - - - - - - - 5.80
Weinzler, RayRay Weinzler Junior Rensselaer 11 505 3 6 0 55 0 - 6.53

Awards[edit | edit source]

NCAA[edit | edit source]

Award[6] Recipient
Spencer Penrose Award (Coach of the Year) Eddie Jeremiah, Dartmouth
Most Outstanding Player in NCAA Tournament Donald Whiston, Brown

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "History of the Tri-State League/ICAC", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on January 11, 2017. 
  2. The Broadmoor. Colorado Springs Visitors and Convention Bureau. Retrieved on January 29, 2015.
  3. "Tri-State League/ICAC Standings", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on January 11, 2017. 
  4. "NCAA Tournament", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on May 19, 2013. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 1950-51 NCAA Division I Statistics. Elite Prospects. Retrieved on December 21, 2016.
  6. "NCAA Division I Awards", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on June 11, 2013. 

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