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The 1958–59 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey season began in November 1958 and concluded with the 1959 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament's championship game on March 14, 1959 at the RPI Field House in Troy, New York. This was the 12th season in which an NCAA ice hockey championship was held and is the 65th year overall where an NCAA school fielded a team.

After the previous season the WIHL dissolved due to an argument between member universities over recruiting practices, namely the tendency of Colorado College, Denver and North Dakota to recruit overage Canadian players.[1] In time the practice would eventually lead to Denver's appearance in the 1973 tournament to be vacated but rules prohibiting such recruits did not exist at the time. Due to the dissolution of the WIHL the three schools belonging to the Big Ten Conference formed their own ice hockey division.

Regular seasonEdit

Season tournamentsEdit

Tournament Dates Teams Champion
Boston Arena Christmas Tournament December 26–30 8 Michigan State
Cornell Invitational January 1–3 6 New Hampshire
Rensselaer Holiday Tournament January 1–3 4 Michigan State
Beanpot February 2, 9 4 Boston College

Standings[2]Edit

1958–59 Big Ten standings
Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Michigan State 8 5 2 1 11 30 26 24 17 6 1 115 64
Minnesota 8 4 3 1 9 40 28 24 12 10 2 105 85
Michigan 8 2 6 0 4 12 36 22 8 13 1 84 97
indicates conference regular season champion
1958–59 NCAA Division I Independent ice hockey standings
Conference Overall
GP W L T Pct. GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Amherst 17 10 7 0
American International 20 6 14 0
Army 20 9 10 1 79 70
Boston College 28 20 8 0 136 105
Boston University 23 13 8 2 106 81
Bowdoin 19 7 11 1
Brown 24 10 14 0 84 109
Colby
Colgate 8 2 6 0 33 68
Colorado College 23 6 14 3 86 110
Cornell 21 4 16 1 45 166
Dartmouth 25 17 8 0 126 97
Denver 28 22 5 1 194 86
Hamilton 18 8 9 1
Harvard 25 12 9 4 126 79
Massachusetts 12 3 9 0 36 52
Merrimack 12 7 5 0 105 67
MIT
Michigan Tech 27 16 10 1 116 88
New Hampshire 19 14 5 0 99 49
North Dakota 31 20 10 1 125 103
Northeastern 24 12 11 0 98 99
Norwich 18 8 10 0
Princeton 23 6 16 1 73 102
Providence 21 7 13 1 95 94
Williams 17 7 10 0
Yale 21 11 9 1 94 71
1958–59 Tri-State League standings
Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
St. Lawrence 5 5 0 0 12 34 18 22 14 7 1 134 81
Rensselaer 5 2 3 0 6 21 24 21 13 8 0 120 90
Clarkson 5 2 3 0 6 23 20 19 10 8 1 108 66
Middlebury 3 0 3 0 0 20 11 8 1
indicates conference regular season champion

1959 NCAA Tournament[3]Edit

  Semifinals
March 12–13
National Championship
March 14
                     
E1 St. Lawrence 3  
W2 North Dakota 4*  
  W2 North Dakota 4*  
  W1 Michigan State 3  
W1 Michigan State 4
E2 Boston College 3     Third Place Game
  E1 St. Lawrence 6
  E2 Boston College 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
Latreille, PhilPhil Latreille Sophomore Middlebury 20 57 33 90 -
Midghall, PaulPaul Midghall Junior Rensselaer 21 29 49 78 44
Belasky, RayRay Belasky Junior Rensselaer 21 37 33 70 23
Chisholm, ArtArt Chisholm Sophomore Northeastern 23 40 25 65 35
Brown, JimJim Brown Senior Denver 28 24 38 62 -
Marquis, BobBob Marquis Junior Boston University - 41 18 59 -
Kosiancic, JohnJohn Kosiancic Junior Michigan Tech 27 25 28 53 26
Slater, TerryTerry Slater Sophomore St. Lawrence 22 21 29 50 4
Masterton, BillBill Masterton Sophomore Denver 23 21 28 49 6
Coppo, PaulPaul Coppo Junior Michigan Tech 25 18 31 49 4

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
Selinger, JosephJoseph Selinger Senior Michigan State 24 - - - - - 4 - 2.67
Gratton, GeorgeGeorge Gratton Sophomore North Dakota 15 - - - - - 0 .876 2.73
Schneck, RodneyRodney Schneck Senior Denver - - 22 - - - 1 .876 2.97
Peabody, RobertRobert Peabody Senior North Dakota 20 - - - - - 1 .868 3.20
Cuculick, GeorgeGeorge Cuculick Junior Michigan Tech 20 - - - - - - .889 3.15
Jones, GerryGerry Jones Senior Yale - - - - - - - - 3.21
Tanner, RonRon Tanner Sophomore Boston University 23 - - - - - - .884 3.22
Armstrong, BillBill Armstrong Sophomore Clarkson 19 - 10 - - - - .889 3.40
Palmer, LarryLarry Palmer Senior Army 19 1132 8 10 1 67 1 .900 3.55
Steer, BobBob Steer Junior St. Lawrence 20 1246 - - - 74 0 .887 3.56

AwardsEdit

NCAAEdit

Award[5] Recipient
Spencer Penrose Award (Coach of the Year) John "Snooks" Kelley, Boston College
Most Outstanding Player in NCAA Tournament Reg Morelli, North Dakota

AHCA All-American Teams[6]
East Team   Position   West Team
Gerry Jones, Yale G Joe Selinger, Michigan State
Joe Jangro, Boston College D Bill Steenson, North Dakota
Pat Presley, St. Lawrence D Bob Watt, Michigan
Bob Marquis, Boston University F John Kosiancic, Michigan Tech
Paul Midghall, Rensselaer F Bob White, Michigan
Phil Latreille, Middlebury F Murray Williamson, Minnesota

ReferencesEdit

  1. "History of the WCHA", College Hockey Historical Archive. Retrieved on January 4, 2017. 
  2. "2008-09 WCHA Yearbook 97-112", WCHA. Retrieved on June 29, 2014. 
  3. "NCAA Tournament", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on May 19, 2013. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 1958-59 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. 

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