|1966 WCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament|
|Dates||March 3-5, 1966|
|Finals site|| Dee Stadium|
|Champions|| Michigan State† (1st title)|
Denver‡ (5th title)
|Winning coach|| Amo Bessone (1st title)|
Murray Armstrong (5th title)
| WCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournaments
The 1966 WCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was the 7th conference playoff in league history. The tournament was played between March 3 and March 5, 1966. All games were played at home team campus sites. By being declared as co-champions, both Michigan State and Denver were invited to participate in the 1966 NCAA University Division Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.
Though not official designations, Michigan State is considered as the East Regional Champion† and Denver as the West Regional Champion‡.
All eight teams in the WCHA were eligible for the tournament. In the first round the schools were matched up based upon regional location, having the schools closest to one another play a single game with the winners advancing to the second round. The two Colorado schools (Colorado College and Denver) met in one match, leaving North Dakota to play their closest geographic rival Minnesota. With the Gophers occupied Minnesota-Duluth's next closest opponent was Michigan Tech, leaving Michigan and Michigan State as the pair in the final First Round game. This format was to be used for the following season as well with each team in the first round matches serving as the home team once. Denver was the only higher seed to play a road game in the first round but was guaranteed to be the home team the following season. After the first round the two eastern-most remaining teams met in the home venues of Michigan Tech (Dee Stadium) while the two western-most schools met at Denver's home building (DU Arena). In the second round the first and fourth seeds and the second and third seeds were matched with the winners being declared as co-conference tournament champions.
Note: GP = Games Played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; PCT = Winning Percentage; GF = Goals For; GA = Goals Against
|1965–66 Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings|
|Championship: Michigan State, Denver|
† indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
Eastern Teams advanced to one final while western teams advanced to the other
|7||Colorado College||2||1||Michigan Tech||3|
Note: * denotes overtime period(s)
(1) Michigan Tech vs. (8) Minnesota-DuluthEdit
|March 3||Michigan Tech||9 – 3||Minnesota-Duluth||Dee Stadium|
(2) North Dakota vs. (3) MinnesotaEdit
|March 3||North Dakota||4 – 3||Minnesota||Winter Sports Building|
(4) Denver vs. (7) Colorado CollegeEdit
|March 3||Colorado College||2 – 8||Denver||Broadmoor World Arena|
(5) Michigan vs. (6) Michigan StateEdit
|March 3||Michigan||2 – 3||Michigan State||Weinberg Coliseum|
(1) Michigan Tech vs. (6) Michigan StateEdit
|March 5||Michigan Tech||3 – 4||Michigan State||Demonstration Hall|
(2) North Dakota vs. (4) DenverEdit
|March 5||Denver||5 – 4||OT||North Dakota||DU Arena|
- ↑ "Michigan State Men's Team History". Retrieved on 2014-06-01.
- ↑ "Denver Men's Team History". Retrieved on 2014-06-01.
- ↑ "Amo Bessone Year-by-Year Coaching Record". Retrieved on 2014-06-01.
- ↑ "Murray Armstrong Year-by-Year Coaching Record". Retrieved on 2014-06-01.
- ↑ "2009-10 WCHA Yearbook 97-112", WCHA. Retrieved on 2014-06-01.
- ↑ "2009-10 WCHA Yearbook 129-144", WCHA. Retrieved on 2014-06-01.
- 1965–66 WCHA Standings
- 1965–66 NCAA Standings
- 2013–14 Colorado College Tigers Media Guide
- 2013–14 Denver Pioneers Media Guide[dead link]
- 2013–14 Michigan Wolverines Media Guide; Through the Years
- 2013–14 Michigan State Spartans Media Guide; Section 5
- 2013–14 Minnesota Golden Gophers Media Guide
- 2012–13 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs Media Guide
- 2013–14 North Dakota Hockey Media Guide
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