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The 1953–54 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey season began in November 1953 and concluded with the 1954 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament's championship game on March 13, 1954 at the Broadmoor Ice Palace in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This was the 7th season in which an NCAA ice hockey championship was held and is the 60th year overall where an NCAA school fielded a team.

This is the first season that the American Hockey Coaches Association named an All-American Team.

Entering the season, in an effort to more accurately reflect the geographic location of the member school, the MCHL changed the conference name to 'Western Intercollegiate Hockey League'.

Regular seasonEdit

Season tournamentsEdit

Tournament Dates Teams Champion
Boston Arena Christmas Tournament December 29–30 4 St. Lawrence
Rensselaer Holiday Tournament December 30–January 2 4 St. Francis Xavier
Beanpot January 11–12 4 Boston College

Standings[1]Edit

1953–54 NCAA Division I Independent ice hockey standings
Conference Overall
GP W L T Pct. GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Amherst 12 6 6 0
American International 15 5 10 0
Army 17 10 7 0 66 79
Boston College 21 17 4 0 98 70
Boston University 20 4 15 1 62 122
Bowdoin 9 6 2 1
Brown 20 12 8 0 91 70
Colby
Dartmouth 28 15 13 0 141 110
Hamilton 13 4 9 0
Harvard 22 10 10 2 81 100
Massachusetts 10 0 9 1 36 86
MIT
New Hampshire 8 2 5 1 35 45
Northeastern 18 5 12 1 59 99
Norwich 15 9 6 0
Princeton 18 4 12 2 47 65
Providence 14 4 10 0 71 100
Williams 10 1 9 0
Yale 19 11 5 3 88 59
1953–54 Tri-State League standings
Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Rensselaer 6 5 1 0 10 28 14 23 18 5 0 141 59
St. Lawrence 5 4 1 0 10 29 15 22 18 3 1 136 56
Clarkson 5 1 4 0 4 11 27 17 7 8 2 83 73
Middlebury 4 0 4 0 0 8 20 17 9 8 0
indicates conference regular season champion
1953–54 Western Intercollegiate Hockey League
Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Minnesota 20 16 3 1 20½ 117 61 30 23 6 1 186 86
Michigan 16 12 3 1 18½ 83 54 23 15 6 2 120 84
North Dakota 16 9 6 1 14½ 70 47 27 14 12 1 123 102
Denver 14 7 7 0 11 74 71 25 16 9 0 165 106
Colorado College 14 6 8 0 11 48 58 24 14 9 1 118 88
Michigan State 18 4 13 1 56 69 23 8 14 1 92 81
Michigan Tech 18 2 16 0 2 36 114 25 7 17 1 94 133
indicates conference regular season champion
Note: All games played between league members counted in the standings. When teams played each other twice, two points were awarded for a win, one point for a tie.

When teams met each other four times, one point was awarded for a win, one-half point for a tie. Maximum of 24 points available.[2]

1954 NCAA Tournament[3]Edit

  Semifinals
March 11–12
National Championship
March 13
                     
W1 Minnesota 14  
E2 Boston College 1  
  W1 Minnesota 4  
  E1 Rensselaer 5*  
E1 Rensselaer 6
W2 Michigan 4     Third Place Game
  E2 Boston Colleve 2
  W2 Michigan 7

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
Mayasich, JohnJohn Mayasich Junior Minnesota 28 29 49 78 20
Dougherty, RichardRichard Dougherty Junior Minnesota 28 42 26 68 41
Moore, AbbieAbbie Moore Senior Rensselaer 23 36 32 68 14
Chiarelli, FrankFrank Chiarelli Junior Rensselaer 23 35 28 63 21
Titus, JohnJohn Titus Senior Dartmouth - 37 24 61 -
Mullen, DougDoug Mullen Senior Michigan 23 22 39 61 -
Smith, JackJack Smith Sophomore Denver 26 21 39 60 -
Cherski, BenBen Cherski Junior North Dakota 27 40 16 56 26
McFarlane, BrianBrian McFarlane Junior St. Lawrence 22 31 24 55 12
Purpur, KenKen Purpur Junior North Dakota 27 21 31 52 14

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
Fox, BobBob Fox Junior Rensselaer 23 1382 18 5 0 59 5 .895 2.56
Sloan, BillBill Sloan Sophomore St. Lawrence 22 1265 18 3 1 56 3 .908 2.66
Mattson, JimJim Mattson Junior Minnesota 26 - - - - - - - 2.76
Schultz, SpikeSpike Schultz Sophomore North Dakota 27 - - - - - 4 .898 3.54
Schiller, EdwardEdward Schiller Sophomore Michigan State 16 - - - - - - - 3.73
Scherer, GeorgeGeorge Scherer Sophomore Yale - - - - - - - - 3.73
Begg, BillBill Begg Junior Denver - - 12 9 0 - 0 .835 4.54
McManus, BobBob McManus Freshman Michigan Tech - - - - - - - .891 5.07
Taylor, HarryHarry Taylor Senior Michigan Tech - - - - - - - .839 5.14

AwardsEdit

NCAAEdit

Award[5] Recipient
Spencer Penrose Award (Coach of the Year) Vic Heyliger, Michigan
Most Outstanding Player in NCAA Tournament Abbie Moore, Rensselaer

AHCA All-American Team[6]
Player Position Team
Jim Mattson Goaltender Minnesota
Spike Schultz Goaltender North Dakota
Ken Yackel Defenseman Minnesota
Jim Haas Defenseman Michigan
John Mayasich Forward Minnesota
Richard Dougherty Forward Minnesota
Ben Cherski Forward North Dakota
Bill MacFarland Forward Michigan

WIHLEdit

No Awards

All-WIHL Teams[7]
First Team   Position   Second Team
Jim Mattson, Minnesota G Spike Schultz, North Dakota
Ken Yackel, Minnesota D Phil Hilton, Colorado College
Jim Haas, Michigan D Bill Abbott, Denver
John Mayasich, Minnesota F Doug Mullen, Michigan
Richard Dougherty, Minnesota F George Chin, Michigan
Ben Cherski, North Dakota F Bill MacFarland, Michigan
F Jack Smith, Denver

ReferencesEdit

  1. "2008-09 WCHA Yearbook 113-128", WCHA. Retrieved on June 29, 2014. 
  2. "2009-10 WCHA Yearbook 97-112", WCHA. Retrieved on 2014-06-01. 
  3. "NCAA Tournament", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on May 19, 2013. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 1953-54 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. 
  6. "Men's Ice Hockey Award Winners", NCAA.org. Retrieved on June 11, 2013. 
  7. "WCHA All-Teams", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on May 19, 2013. 

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