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The 1954–55 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey season began in November 1954 and concluded with the 1955 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament's championship game on March 12, 1955 at the Broadmoor Ice Palace in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This was the 8th season in which an NCAA ice hockey championship was held and is the 61st year overall where an NCAA school fielded a team.

Regular seasonEdit

Season tournamentsEdit

Tournament Dates Teams Champion
Boston Arena Christmas Tournament December 27–29 8 McGill
Rensselaer Holiday Tournament December 30–January 1 4 Toronto
Beanpot February 7–8 4 Harvard

Standings[1]Edit

1954–55 NCAA Division I Independent ice hockey standings
Conference Overall
GP W L T Pct. GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Amherst 13 4 9 0
American International 10 6 4 0
Army 16 8 8 0 73 86
Boston College 21 13 8 0 104 74
Boston University 23 4 19 0 68 163
Bowdoin 9 2 7 0
Brown 18 9 8 1 92 77
Colby
Dartmouth 21 10 11 0 84 109
Hamilton 14 3 10 1
Harvard 21 17 3 1 138 52
Massachusetts 9 6 3 0 52 53
MIT
New Hampshire 13 5 8 0 59 65
Northeastern 22 7 15 0 71 126
Norwich 15 10 5 0
Princeton 17 8 8 1 66 67
Providence^ 15 8 7 0 84 87
Williams 12 5 7 0
Yale 22 8 12 2 77 74
^ Providence was a member of the Northeast League but because the conference did not sponsor ice hockey they are listed here
1954–55 Tri-State League standings
Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
St. Lawrence 6 6 0 0 12 32 14 25 19 5 1 133 66
Clarkson 6 4 2 0 8 27 15 22 18 4 0 182 52
Rensselaer 6 1 5 0 2 24 25 22 9 11 2 95 66
Middlebury 6 1 5 0 2 12 39 21 12 9 0
indicates conference regular season champion
1954–55 Western Intercollegiate Hockey League
Conference Overall
GP W L T PCT PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Colorado College 18 14 4 0 .778 19 73 48 28 22 6 0 144 77
Michigan 18 13 5 0 .722 16 78 55 24 18 5 1 107 70
Minnesota 24 10 12 2 .458 11 98 96 30 16 12 2 141 109
Michigan Tech 20 8 11 1 .425 10½ 72 68 26 12 13 1 116 86
Denver 18 8 9 1 .472 10½ 83 68 30 18 11 1 175 110
North Dakota 22 9 12 1 .432 63 100 28 14 13 1 115 115
Michigan State 20 5 14 1 .275 62 94 27 9 17 1 89 125
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]

1955 NCAA Tournament[3]Edit

  Semifinals
March 10–11
National Championship
March 12
                     
E1 Harvard 3  
W2 Michigan 7  
  W2 Michigan 5  
  W1 Colorado College 3  
W1 Colorado College 2
E2 St. Lawrence 1     Third Place Game
  E1 Harvard 6
  E2 St. Lawrence 3

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
Cleary, BillBill Cleary Junior Harvard 21 42 47 89 -
Mayasich, JohnJohn Mayasich Senior Minnesota 30 41 39 80 28
Smith, ClareClare Smith Sophomore Colorado College 27 21 39 60 14
O'Brien, RonRon O'Brien Sophomore St. Lawrence 25 27 31 58 -
MacFarland, BillBill MacFarland Sophomore Michigan 24 33 23 56 63
Chiarelli, FrankFrank Chiarelli Senior Rensselaer 19 29 27 56 8
Meeker, TomTom Meeker Junior Clarkson 22 22 32 54 -
Porter, JackJack Porter Junior Clarkson 21 21 31 52 -
Rowe, EdEd Rowe Sophomore Clarkson 20 28 23 51 -
Fournier, LeeLee Fournier Sophomore St. Lawrence 25 20 31 51 -

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
Sloan, BillBill Sloan Junior St. Lawrence 25 1466 19 5 1 63 1 .898 2.58
LaHaye, AndyAndy LaHaye Sophomore Michigan Tech - - - - - - - .888 2.60
Simus, JeffJeff Simus Junior Colorado College 24 - - - - - - - 2.92
Fox, BobBob Fox Senior Rensselaer 21 1272 8 11 2 66 5 .892 3.11
McManus, BobBob McManus Sophomore Michigan Tech - - - - - - - .896 3.30
Scherer, GeorgeGeorge Scherer Junior Yale - - - - - - - - 3.33
Mattson, JimJim Mattson Senior Minnesota 30 - - - - - - - 3.50
Whyte, DonDon Whyte Sophomore Denver - - 16 - - - 0 .887 3.60
Schultz, SpikeSpike Schultz Junior North Dakota 23 - - - - - 1 .859 4.39
Schiller, EdwardEdward Schiller Junior Michigan State 24 - - - - - - - 4.58

AwardsEdit

NCAAEdit

Award[5] Recipient
Spencer Penrose Award (Coach of the Year) Cooney Weiland, Harvard
Most Outstanding Player in NCAA Tournament Phil Hilton, Colorado College

AHCA All-American Teams[6]
First Team Position Second Team
Bill Sloan, St. Lawrence G Lorne Howes, Michigan
Doug Silverberg, Colorado College D Phil Hilton, Colorado College
Ken Yackel, Minnesota D Bob Schiller, Michigan
Bill Cleary, Harvard F John Mayasich, Minnesota
Bill Reichart, North Dakota F Bill MacFarland, Michigan
Clare Smith, Colorado College F Jack McManus, Michigan Tech

WIHLEdit

No Awards

All-WIHL Teams[7]
First Team   Position   Second Team
Bob McManus, Michigan Tech G Jeff Simus, Colorado College
Ken Yackel, Minnesota D Doug Silverberg, Colorado College
Phil Hilton, Colorado College D Bob Schiller, Michigan
D Bill Abbott, Denver
John Mayasich, Minnesota F Jack McManus, Michigan Tech
Bill Reichart, North Dakota F Bunt Hubchik, Colorado College
Clare Smith, Colorado College F Bill MacFarland, Michigan
F Jack Smith, Denver

ReferencesEdit

  1. "2008-09 WCHA Yearbook 97-112", 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 1954-55 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. "1954-1955 All-American Team", The American Hockey Coaches Association. Retrieved on 2017-06-21. 
  7. "WCHA All-Teams", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on May 19, 2013. 

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