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The 1955–56 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey season began in November 1955 and concluded with the 1956 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament's championship game on March 17, 1956 at the Broadmoor Ice Palace in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This was the 9th season in which an NCAA ice hockey championship was held and is the 62nd year overall where an NCAA school fielded a team.

Clarkson completed the first undefeated season, going 23-0, since the inception of the NCAA tournament. As of 2016 only Cornell (in 1970) has been able to accomplish the same feat.

Regular seasonEdit

Season tournamentsEdit

Tournament Dates Teams Champion
Boston Arena Christmas Tournament December 26–31 9 Clarkson
Rensselaer Holiday Tournament December 30–January 2 4 Minnesota
Beanpot February 6, 8 4 Boston College

Standings[1]Edit

1955–56 NCAA Division I Independent ice hockey standings
Conference Overall
GP W L T Pct. GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Amherst 14 7 7 0
American International 15 11 4 0
Army 16 11 5 0 72 46
Boston College 21 14 7 0 105 82
Boston University 22 11 11 0 107 113
Bowdoin 14 6 8 0
Brown 19 10 9 0 82 62
Colby
Dartmouth 23 5 18 0 71 134
Hamilton 13 4 9 0
Harvard 25 15 10 0 125 77
Massachusetts 11 5 6 0 44 46
MIT
New Hampshire 14 3 11 0 39 80
Northeastern 25 13 12 0 123 130
Norwich 12 6 6 0
Princeton 20 11 9 0 80 70
Providence 23 7 16 0 100 152
Williams 13 5 8 0
Yale 18 9 9 0 60 68
1955–56 Tri-State League standings
Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Clarkson 6 6 0 0 12 44 12 23 23 0 0 172 58
St. Lawrence 6 4 2 0 8 31 24 23 18 5 0 130 47
Rensselaer 6 2 4 0 4 18 26 18 12 6 0 105 56
Middlebury 6 0 6 0 0 10 42 21 10 11 0
indicates conference regular season champion
1955–56 Western Intercollegiate Hockey League
Conference Overall
GP W L T PCT PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Michigan 18 15 2 1 .858 19 80 37 23 20 2 1 109 49
Michigan Tech 20 14 6 0 .700 17 82 61 28 21 7 0 156 83
Colorado College 18 10 8 0 .556 14 72 66 28 17 11 0 144 100
Minnesota 22 11 10 1 .523 12 63 60 29 16 12 1 106 80
North Dakota 20 7 13 0 .350 10 67 93 28 11 16 1 100 129
Denver 16 6 8 2 .438 10 58 58 26 12 11 3 130 84
Michigan State 18 1 17 0 .056 2 35 82 23 5 18 0 55 96
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]

1956 NCAA Tournament[3]Edit

  Semifinals
March 15–16
National Championship
March 17
                     
W1 Michigan 2*  
E2 St. Lawrence 1  
  W1 Michigan 7  
  W2 Michigan Tech 5  
E1 Boston College 4
W2 Michigan Tech 10     Third Place Game
  E1 Boston College 2
  E2 St. Lawrence 6

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
Rowe, EdEd Rowe Junior Clarkson 23 27 38 65 -
Yackel, KenKen Yackel Senior Minnesota 30 31 27 58 102
Kearns, GarryGarry Kearns Sophomore Rensselaer 18 26 32 58 23
Cavanaugh, RichardRichard Cavanaugh Junior Northeastern 24 30 27 57 -
Childerhouse, GrantGrant Childerhouse Sophomore Clarkson 23 36 17 53 -
McManus, JackJack McManus Junior Michigan Tech 28 29 23 52 14
Andrews, JohnJohn Andrews Freshman Colorado College - 27 25 52 -
Reichart, BillBill Reichart Junior North Dakota 28 28 23 51 24
Smith, ClareClare Smith Junior Colorado College - 24 26 50 -
Cleary, BobBob Cleary Sophomore Harvard 25 23 27 50 -

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
LaHaye, AndyAndy LaHaye Junior Michigan Tech - - - - - - - .928 2.00
Sloan, BillBill Sloan Senior St. Lawrence 20 1049 - - - 37 4 .912 2.12
Broadbelt, DaveDave Broadbelt Sophomore Denver 10 - - - - - 1 .907 2.50
McCartan, JackJack McCartan Sophomore Minnesota 24 1440 - - - 67 0 - 2.80
Stopen, JohnJohn Stopen Junior Rensselaer 18 1088 12 6 0 56 2 .892 3.09
McManus, BobBob McManus Junior Michigan Tech - - - - - - - .895 3.13
Scherer, GeorgeGeorge Scherer Senior Yale - - - - - - - - 3.38
Yurkovich, TomTom Yurkovich Junior North Dakota 28 - 11 16 1 - 2 .862 3.96
Schiller, EdwardEdward Schiller Senior Michigan State 21 - - - - - - - 4.28

AwardsEdit

NCAAEdit

Award[5] Recipient
Spencer Penrose Award (Coach of the Year) William Harrison, Clarkson
Most Outstanding Player in NCAA Tournament Lorne Howes, Michigan

AHCA All-American Teams[6]
First Team Position Second Team
Lorne Howes, Michigan G Bill Sloan, St. Lawrence
Bob Schiller, Michigan D Chuck Lundberg, St. Lawrence
Doug Silverberg, Colorado College D Art Smith, Clarkson
Garry Kearns, Rensselaer F Jack McManus, Michigan Tech
Bill MacFarland, Michigan F Ken Yackel, Minnesota
Ed Rowe, Clarkson F Ed Zifcak, St. Lawrence

WIHLEdit

No Awards

All-WIHL Teams[7]
First Team   Position   Second Team
Lorne Howes, Michigan G Bob McManus, Michigan Tech
Ken Yackel, Minnesota D Ed Zemrau, Denver
Doug Silverberg, Colorado College D Bob Pitts, Michigan
Bill MacFarland, Michigan F John Andrews, Colorado College
Bill Reichart, North Dakota F Tom Rendall, Michigan
Jack McManus, Michigan Tech F Clare Smith, Colorado College

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 1955-56 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. "1955-1956 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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