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The 1961–62 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey season began in November 1961 and concluded with the 1962 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament's championship game on March 17, 1962 at the Utica Memorial Auditorium in Utica, New York. This was the 15th season in which an NCAA ice hockey championship was held and is the 68th year overall where an NCAA school fielded a team.

This was the premier season for ECAC Hockey which began as a conglomerate of 28 eastern schools among which 8 teams were selected by a committee to participate in a postseason tournament that would determine which university(s) would receive bids to the NCAA tournament. Due to the sheer number of schools and the lack of any scheduling criteria the teams played a vastly unbalanced schedule. As a result, the regular season standings were effectively immaterial in determining the conference tournament participants and the committee based their selections on which teams they felt were the best representatives.[1]

Despite already being in the Tri-State League Clarkson, Rensselaer and St. Lawrence were also founding members of ECAC Hockey and played concurrently in both conferences until the Tri-State League folded in 1972.[2]

This was the first season for Minnesota–Duluth as a university sponsored program.[3]

Regular seasonEdit

Season tournamentsEdit

Tournament Dates Teams Champion
Brown Holiday Tournament December 18–20 8
ECAC Holiday Hockey Festival December 21–22 4 Clarkson
Boston Arena Christmas Tournament December 26–28 4 Michigan State
Rensselaer Holiday Tournament December 28–30 4 Michigan
Beanpot February 5, 12 4 Harvard

Standings[4][5]Edit

1961–62 Big Ten standings
Conference Overall
GP W L T Pct. GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Michigan 4 4 0 0 1.000 24 8 27 22 5 0 150 76
Michigan State 8 3 4 1 .438 24 33 25 13 11 1 98 94
Minnesota 4 0 3 1 .125 9 16 21 9 10 2 95 73
indicates conference regular season champion
1961–62 ECAC Hockey standings
Conference Overall
GP W L T Pct. GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Colby 19 17 1 1 .921 124 30 27 19 6 2 147 62
Harvard 20 18 2 0 .900 103 30 26 21 5 0 130 56
Clarkson 15 13 1 1 .900 97 28 26 22 3 1 173 55
Williams 20 16 3 1 .825 159 64 20 16 3 1 159 64
Army 19 14 4 1 .763 81 40 24 17 6 1 111 52
Colgate 24 18 6 0 .750 140 57 24 18 6 0 140 57
Rensselaer 16 12 4 0 .750 99 56 23 16 7 0 142 93
Cornell 16 11 5 0 .688 68 45 18 13 5 0 77 45
MIT 15 10 5 0 .667 70 49 15 10 5 0 70 49
St. Lawrence* 15 9 5 1 .633 83 47 27 17 9 1 135 78
New Hampshire 17 10 7 0 .588 100 63 18 10 7 1 103 66
Boston College 25 13 11 0 .540 84 75 28 15 12 1 96 86
Merrimack 13 7 6 0 .539 71 52 13 7 6 0 71 52
Providence 17 8 7 2 .529 74 65 21 11 8 2 110 77
Middlebury 17 8 8 1 .500 83 81 22 11 9 2 107 98
Bowdoin 21 10 11 0 .476 89 73 23 11 11 1 106 84
Massachusetts 18 8 10 0 .444 84 94 18 8 10 0 84 94
Norwich 20 8 11 1 .425 105 103 21 8 12 1 109 110
Princeton 21 8 12 1 .405 60 88 21 8 12 1 60 88
Dartmouth 20 8 12 0 .400 101 122 20 8 12 0 101 122
Yale 21 7 14 0 .333 78 87 24 8 16 0 78 97
Boston University 24 7 16 1 .313 71 119 25 7 17 1 74 123
Northeastern 23 7 16 0 .304 83 136 24 7 17 0 85 149
Brown 24 7 17 0 .292 82 122 24 7 17 0 81 119
Connecticut 12 2 8 2 .250 30 86 12 2 8 2 30 86
American International 19 4 15 0 .211 78 160 19 4 15 0 78 160
Hamilton 15 1 13 1 .100 24 72 15 1 14 1 24 72
Amherst 15 1 14 0 .067 20 143 15 1 14 0 20 143
Championship: St. Lawrence
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
1961–62 NCAA Division I Independent ice hockey standings
Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Minnesota–Duluth 0 0 0 0 - - - 22 6 14 2 69 109
1961–62 Tri-State League standings
Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Clarkson 4 3 0 1 7 23 12 26 22 3 1 173 55
St. Lawrence 4 1 2 1 3 20 21 27 17 9 1 135 78
Rensselaer 4 1 3 0 2 14 25 23 16 7 0 142 93
indicates conference regular season champion
1961–62 Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings
Conference Overall
GP W L T PCT GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Michigan Tech†* 20 17 3 0 .850 101 58 32 29 3 0 188 80
Michigan 18 15 3 0 .833 95 48 27 22 5 0 150 76
Denver 18 11 7 0 .611 83 71 30 17 11 2 144 111
Michigan State 16 6 9 1 .406 57 71 25 13 11 1 98 94
North Dakota 18 7 11 0 .389 62 71 26 9 17 0 96 123
Minnesota 16 5 10 1 .344 69 61 21 9 10 2 95 73
Colorado College 18 0 18 0 .000 56 143 23 0 23 0 74 181
Championship: Michigan Tech
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion

1962 NCAA Tournament[6]Edit

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

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

Player statsEdit

Scoring leaders[7]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
Ryan, RonRon Ryan Senior Colby 48 56 104 -
Brinkworth, BobBob Brinkworth Sophomore Rensselaer 22 41 30 71 10
Berenson, RedRed Berenson Senior Michigan 28 43 27 70 40
Josephson, JimJim Josephson Senior Rensselaer 23 25 39 64 66
Sullivan, JerryJerry Sullivan Senior Michigan Tech 32 30 29 59 6
Mason, RonRon Mason Junior St. Lawrence 27 26 31 57
Wilkie, GordonGordon Wilkie Sophomore Michigan 19 36 55 15
Leighton, DaveDave Leighton Junior Dartmouth 37 15 52
Lamoriello, LouLou Lamoriello Junior Providence 26 26 52
Angotti, LouLou Angotti Senior Michigan Tech 31 28 23 51 50
Chiarelli, JohnJohn Chiarelli Senior Rensselaer 23 25 26 51 8

Leading goaltenders[7]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
Wood, GodfreyGodfrey Wood Junior Harvard 17 - - - - - - .926 1.75
Baland, GeorgeGeorge Baland Sophomore North Dakota - - - - - - 0 .889 2.00
Bland, RobertRobert Bland Senior Harvard 16 - - - - - - - 2.06
Gibbons, WayneWayne Gibbons Junior Clarkson 21 - 18 - - - - .914 2.10
Chisholm, RonRon Chisholm Senior Army 24 1459 17 6 1 53 5 .919 2.18
Bauman, GarryGarry Bauman Sophomore Michigan Tech 25 - - - - - - .907 2.44
Kennedy, LaingLaing Kennedy Junior Cornell 18 - - - - - - .918 2.50
Broadbelt, RichieRichie Broadbelt Junior St. Lawrence 22 1351 - - - 64 2 .909 2.84
Larson, MikeMike Larson Junior Minnesota 22 - - - - - - - 3.23
Smith, DavidDavid Smith Sophomore Yale - - - - - - - - 3.50

AwardsEdit

NCAAEdit

Award[8] Recipient
Spencer Penrose Award (Coach of the Year) Jack Kelley, Colby
Most Outstanding Player in NCAA Tournament Lou Angotti, Michigan Tech

AHCA All-American Teams[9]
East Team   Position   West Team
Frank Stephenson, Colby G John Chandik, Michigan State
Dave Johnston, Harvard D Henry Akervall, Michigan Tech
Arlie Parker, St. Lawrence D Elov Seger, Michigan Tech
Bill Hogan, Boston College F Lou Angotti, Michigan Tech
Ron Ryan, Colby F Red Berenson, Michigan
Dates Fryberger, Middlebury F Jerry Sullivan, Michigan Tech

ECACEdit

Award[10] Recipient
Player of the Year Ron Ryan, Colby
Rookie of the Year Bob Brinkworth, Rensselaer
Outstanding Defenseman Arlie Parker, St. Lawrence
Most Outstanding Player in Tournament Arlie Parker, St. Lawrence

All-ECAC Hockey Teams[11]
First Team   Position   Second Team
Glen Eberly, Boston University G Richie Broadbelt, St. Lawrence
Frank Stephenson, Colby G Wayne Gibbons, Clarkson
G Laing Kennedy, Cornell
Arlie Parker, St. Lawrence D Brian Robins, Rensselaer
Dave Johnston, Harvard D Joe McGeough, Providence
Don Young, Colby D Harry Howell, Harvard
Jack Leetch, Boston College D Tom McMahon, Rensselaer
Cal Wagner , Clarkson D Pat Brophy, Clarkson
Ron Ryan, Colby F Jim Josephson, Rensselaer
Bill Hogan, Boston College F Rollie Anderson, St. Lawrence
Dates Fryberger, Middlebury F Tom Roe, Williams
Gene Kinasewich, Harvard F Dave Leighton, Dartmouth
Ron Mason, St. Lawrence F Marsh Tschida, Providence
Bob Brinkworth, Rensselaer F John Cook, Princeton
Tim Taylor, Harvard F Roger Purdie, Clarkson
Dave Grannis, Harvard F Ron Famigletti, Bowdoin
Hal Pettersen, Clarkson F Dave Sveden, Colby
Corby Adams, Clarkson F

WCHAEdit

Award[12] Recipient
Most Valuable Player Red Berenson, Michigan
Sophomore of the Year Gordon Wilkie, Michigan
Coach of the Year John MacInnes, Michigan Tech

All-WCHA Teams[13]
First Team   Position   Second Team
Garry Bauman, Michigan Tech G Bob Gray, Michigan
Henry Akervall, Michigan Tech D Elov Seger, Michigan Tech
Jack Wilson, Denver D Don Rodgers, Michigan
Red Berenson, Michigan F Gene Rebellato, Michigan Tech
Jerry Sullivan, Michigan Tech F Trent Beatty, Denver
Lou Angotti, Michigan Tech F Gordon Wilkie, Michigan

ReferencesEdit

  1. History of ECAC Hockey. College Hockey Historical Archives. Archived from the original on January 29, 2013. Retrieved on January 29, 2013.
  2. "History of the Tri-State League/ICAC", College Hockey Historical Archive. Retrieved on January 2, 2017. 
  3. UMD Hockey Media Guide 2016-17. Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs. Retrieved on January 3, 2017.
  4. "2008-09 ECAC Hockey Media Guide", ECAC Hockey. Retrieved on June 29, 2014. 
  5. "2008-09 WCHA Yearbook 97-112", WCHA. Retrieved on June 29, 2014. 
  6. "NCAA Tournament", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on May 19, 2013. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 1961-62 NCAA Division I Statistics. Elite Prospects. Retrieved on December 21, 2016.
  8. "NCAA Division I Awards", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on June 11, 2013. 
  9. "Men's Ice Hockey Award Winners", NCAA.org. Retrieved on June 11, 2013. 
  10. "ECAC Awards", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on May 19, 2013. 
  11. "ECAC All-Teams", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on May 19, 2013. 
  12. "WCHA Awards", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on May 19, 2013. 
  13. "WCHA All-Teams", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on May 19, 2013. 

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