The 1959–60 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey season began in November 1959 and concluded with the 1960 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament's championship game on March 19, 1960 at the Boston Arena in Boston, Massachusetts. This was the 13th season in which an NCAA ice hockey championship was held and is the 66th year overall where an NCAA school fielded a team.

This was the first season of play for the WCHA. All seven universities were the same from the previous MCHL/WIHL conference that dissolved after the 1957–58 season. Michigan, Michigan State and Minnesota would continue with both the Big Ten and the WCHA concurrently until 1981 when Michigan and Michigan State left the WCHA and no longer played sufficient games against the other Big Ten schools to warrant the continuation of the Big Ten ice hockey conference.

The creation of the WCHA also brought the first formalized conference tournament in NCAA hockey history with the winner(s) receiving the first automatic bids into the postseason championship.

Regular season[edit | edit source]

Season tournaments[edit | edit source]

Tournament Dates Teams Champion
Boston Arena Christmas Tournament December 26–30 7 Toronto
Bowdoin Christmas Tournament December 21–23 8 Brown
Rensselaer Holiday Tournament December 30–January 2 4 North Dakota
Beanpot February 8, 15 4 Harvard

Standings[1][edit | edit source]

1959–60 Big Ten standings
Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Minnesota 8 5 3 0 10 37 23 27 9 16 2 111 121
Michigan 8 4 4 0 8 29 26 24 12 12 0 97 81
Michigan State 8 3 5 0 6 23 39 24 4 18 2 54 130
indicates conference regular season champion
1959–60 NCAA Division I Independent ice hockey standings
Conference Overall
GP W L T Pct. GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Amherst 17 9 8 0
American International 15 6 9 0
Army 22 16 5 1 119 62
Boston College 24 15 8 1 121 76
Boston University 27 18 9 0 118 84
Bowdoin 22 11 11 0
Brown 26 13 13 0 76 94
Colby
Colgate 15 5 10 0 40 100
Cornell 21 2 19 0 33 158
Dartmouth 20 14 5 1 96 48
Hamilton 18 13 5 0
Harvard 24 16 7 1 110 68
Massachusetts 17 5 12 0 48 82
Merrimack 9 3 6 0 38 45
Middlebury 22 15 7 0
MIT
New Hampshire 19 11 8 0 79 66
Northeastern 24 8 16 0 96 142
Norwich 18 6 12 0
Princeton 23 12 11 0 109 75
Providence 20 11 9 0 110 69
Williams 19 5 14 0
Yale 25 10 15 0 105 114
1959–60 Tri-State League standings
Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
St. Lawrence 4 4 0 0 8 21 12 21 14 8 2 122 199
Rensselaer 4 2 2 0 4 17 19 22 15 7 0 109 71
Clarkson 4 0 4 0 0 14 21 20 7 13 0 80 102
indicates conference regular season champion
Conference Overall
GP W L T PCT GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Denver†* 22 17 4 1 .795 128 55 34 27 4 3 204 88
Michigan Tech* 22 15 6 1 .705 107 72 32 21 10 1 152 107
North Dakota 22 14 7 1 .659 93 80 32 19 11 2 157 115
Colorado College 20 8 12 0 .400 72 101 26 8 17 1 87 146
Michigan 18 7 11 0 .389 63 71 24 12 12 0 97 81
Minnesota 24 8 15 1 .354 102 109 27 9 16 2 111 121
Michigan State 24 4 18 2 .208 54 130 24 4 18 2 54 130
Championship: Michigan Tech, Denver
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
Final rankings: USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Top 15 Poll

1960 NCAA Tournament[2][edit | edit source]

  Semifinals
March 17–18
National Championship
March 19
                     
E1 St. Lawrence 3  
W2 Michigan Tech 13  
  W2 Michigan Tech 3  
  W1 Denver 5  
W1 Denver 6
E2 Boston University 4     Third Place Game
  E1 St. Lawrence 6
  E2 Boston University 7

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

Player stats[edit | edit source]

Scoring leaders[3][edit | edit source]

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 Junior Middlebury 22 77 19 96 -
Norbeck, TimTim Norbeck Senior Hamilton - 40 32 72 -
Slater, TerryTerry Slater Junior St. Lawrence 24 34 38 72 4
Masterton, BillBill Masterton Junior Denver 34 21 46 67 2
Morelli, RegReg Morelli Senior North Dakota 31 34 31 65 12
Marquis, BobBob Marquis Senior Boston University - 33 26 59 -
Coppo, PaulPaul Coppo Senior Michigan Tech 32 26 31 57 2
Chisholm, ArtArt Chisholm Junior Northeastern 24 25 31 56 15
MacMillan, JohnJohn MacMillan Senior Denver 34 30 25 55 34
Kosiancic, JohnJohn Kosiancic Senior Michigan Tech 32 24 31 55 30

Leading goaltenders[3][edit | edit source]

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
Wilson, JohnJohn Wilson Sophomore Northeastern 11 - - - - - - .846 1.73
Kirkwood, GeorgeGeorge Kirkwood Junior Denver 34 - 27 4 3 - 2 .900 2.50
Chisholm, RonRon Chisholm Sophomore Army 19 1328 16 5 1 62 2 .888 2.80
MacLean, JimJim MacLean Sophomore Rensselaer 14 - - - - - - .876 2.97
Cuculick, GeorgeGeorge Cuculick Senior Michigan Tech 30 - - - - - - .889 3.26
Gratton, GeorgeGeorge Gratton Junior North Dakota 30 - - - - - 1 .873 3.33
Steinweg, ChuckChuck Steinweg Sophomore Minnesota 19 - - - - - - .877 3.89
Hamlin, CharlesCharles Hamlin Sophomore Yale - - - - - - - - 3.90
Armstrong, BillBill Armstrong Junior Clarkson 20 - 7 - - - - .851 5.30
Doyle, MikeMike Doyle Junior Minnesota 10 - - - - - - .861 5.36

Awards[edit | edit source]

NCAA[edit | edit source]

Award[4] Recipient
Spencer Penrose Award (Coach of the Year) Jack Riley, Army
Most Outstanding Player in NCAA Tournament Lou Angotti, Michigan Tech
Bob Marquis, Boston University
Barry Urbanski, Boston University

AHCA All-American Teams[5]
East Team   Position   West Team
Tom Wahman, Dartmouth G George Cuculick, Michigan Tech
Red Martin, Boston College D Marty Howe, Denver
Rusty Ingersoll, Dartmouth D George Konik, Denver
Terry Slater, St. Lawrence F Paul Coppo, Michigan Tech
Phil Latreille, Middlebury F Reg Morelli, North Dakota
Art Chisholm, Northeastern F Bill Masterton, Denver

WCHA[edit | edit source]

Award[6] Recipient
Sophomore of the Year George Kirkwood, Denver
Lou Angotti, Michigan Tech
Coach of the Year John MacInnes, Michigan Tech

All-WCHA Teams[7]
First Team   Position   Second Team
George Kirkwood, Denver G George Cuculick, Michigan Tech
Marty Howe, Denver D Guy LaFrance, North Dakota
Henry Akervall, Michigan Tech D George Konik, Denver
Reg Morelli, North Dakota F Gerald Fabbro, Michigan Tech
Bill Masterton, Denver F John MacMillan, Denver
John Kosiancic, Michigan Tech F Paul Coppo, Michigan Tech

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "2008-09 WCHA Yearbook 97-112", WCHA. Retrieved on June 29, 2014. 
  2. "NCAA Tournament", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on May 19, 2013. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 1959-60 NCAA Division I Statistics. Elite Prospects. Retrieved on December 21, 2016.
  4. "NCAA Division I Awards", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on June 11, 2013. 
  5. "Men's Ice Hockey Award Winners", NCAA.org. Retrieved on June 11, 2013. 
  6. "WCHA Awards", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on May 19, 2013. 
  7. "WCHA All-Teams", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on May 19, 2013. 

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