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The 1956–57 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey season began in November 1956 and concluded with the 1957 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament's championship game on March 16, 1957 at the Broadmoor Ice Palace in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This was the 10th season in which an NCAA ice hockey championship was held and is the 63rd 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 Harvard
Rensselaer Holiday Tournament December 27–29 4 Michigan Tech
Beanpot February 1, 5 4 Boston College

Standings[1]Edit

1956–57 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 18 5 13 0
Army 18 14 4 0 125 59
Boston College 22 14 7 1 108 76
Boston University 23 13 9 1 112 84
Bowdoin 17 3 14 0
Brown 20 6 14 0 68 113
Colby
Dartmouth 25 13 12 0 105 104
Hamilton 17 4 13 0
Harvard 26 21 5 0 142 58
Massachusetts 13 5 8 0 47 53
Merrimack 9 4 4 1 49 39
MIT
New Hampshire 15 7 7 1 57 62
Northeastern 25 10 14 1 123 127
Norwich 19 6 12 1
Princeton 19 2 17 0 44 88
Providence 18 11 7 0 109 88
Williams 17 10 7 0
Yale 25 10 15 0 81 134
1956–57 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 34 19 21 14 6 1 117 69
Clarkson 6 4 2 0 8 30 18 22 19 3 0 123 46
St. Lawrence 6 3 3 0 6 33 19 20 13 7 0 111 61
Middlebury 6 0 6 0 0 9 50 22 11 11 0
indicates conference regular season champion
1956–57 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 93 69 30 25 5 0 205 106
Michigan 18 13 4 1 .750 16½ 76 55 25 18 5 2 112 79
North Dakota 22 13 9 0 .591 13 82 72 29 18 11 0 126 99
Michigan Tech 20 8 8 4 .500 12½ 80 76 28 14 9 5 133 97
Denver 18 6 11 1 .361 9 64 74 28 12 14 2 121 105
Minnesota 24 7 15 2 .333 8 69 92 29 12 15 2 96 96
Michigan State 20 5 15 0 .250 6 42 68 22 7 15 0 62 71
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 24 points available.[2]

1957 NCAA Tournament[3]Edit

  Semifinals
March 14–15
National Championship
March 16
                     
W1 Colorado College 5  
E2 Clarkson 3  
  W1 Colorado College 13  
  W2 Michigan 6  
E1 Harvard 1
W2 Michigan 6     Third Place Game
  E1 Clarkson 2*
  E2 Harvard 1

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, BobBob Cleary Junior Harvard 26 36 37 73 -
Hay, BillBill Hay Junior Colorado College 30 28 45 73 -
McCusker, BobBob McCusker Sophomore Colorado College - 47 24 71 -
Rowe, EdEd Rowe Senior Clarkson 22 31 32 63 -
Reichart, BillBill Reichart Senior North Dakota 29 36 24 60 13
Midghall, PaulPaul Midghall Freshman Rensselaer 21 24 35 59 24
Chiarelli, DickDick Chiarelli Senior Rensselaer 21 32 25 57 38
McLean, JoeJoe McLean Senior St. Lawrence 20 24 26 50 -
McManus, JackJack McManus Senior Michigan Tech 28 26 23 49 26
Ridley, JimJim Ridley Junior North Dakota 29 23 26 49 26

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
Schneck, RodneyRodney Schneck Sophomore Denver - - 10 - - - 2 .913 2.20
McCartan, JackJack McCartan Junior Minnesota 15 900 - - - 43 0 - 2.80
Whittier, SargeSarge Whittier Senior St. Lawrence 17 984 - - - 44 0 .888 3.16
LaHaye, AndyAndy LaHaye Senior Michigan Tech - - - - - - 1 .864 3.20
Vaia, DonDon Vaia Junior Minnesota 16 - - - - - - - 3.20
Stopen, JohnJohn Stopen Senior Rensselaer 18 1052 11 6 1 59 0 .876 3.36
Yurkovich, TomTom Yurkovich Senior North Dakota 29 - 18 11 0 - 2 .874 3.40
Selinger, JosephJoseph Selinger Sophomore Michigan State 20 - - - - - - - 3.40
McManus, BobBob McManus Senior Michigan Tech 24 - - - - - - .878 3.50
Jones, GerryGerry Jones Sophomore Yale - - - - - - - - 3.80

AwardsEdit

NCAAEdit

Award[5] Recipient
Spencer Penrose Award (Coach of the Year) Jack Riley, Army
Most Outstanding Player in NCAA Tournament Bob McCusker, Colorado College

AHCA All-American Teams[6]
First Team Position Second Team
Jack McCartan, Minnesota G Eddie MacDonald, Clarkson
Don Wishart, Colorado College D Jack Petroske, Minnesota
Pat Presley, St. Lawrence D Bill Steenson, North Dakota
Bill Hay, Colorado College F Bob Cleary, Harvard
Bill Reichart, North Dakota F Joe McLean, St. Lawrence
Ed Rowe, Clarkson F Bob McCusker, Colorado College

WIHLEdit

No Awards

All-WIHL Teams[7]
First Team   Position   Second Team
Jack McCartan, Minnesota G Tom Yurkovich, North Dakota
Bill Steenson, North Dakota D Bob Pitts, Michigan
Don Wishart, Colorado College D Bob Schiller, Michigan
Bill Hay, Colorado College F Jack McManus, Michigan Tech
Bill Reichart, North Dakota F Tom Rendall, Michigan
Bob McCusker, Colorado College F Tom Kennedy, Michigan Tech

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 1956-57 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. "1956-1957 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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