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The 1968–69 NCAA University Division men's ice hockey season began in November 1968 and concluded with the 1969 NCAA University Division Men's Ice Hockey Tournament's championship game on March 15, 1969 at the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This was the 22nd season in which an NCAA ice hockey championship was held and is the 75th year overall where an NCAA school fielded a team.

Wisconsin was admitted into the WCHA beginning with this season. Because they now played each of the other three Big Ten teams they were included into the informal conference standings.

Air Force and Notre Dame both begin to sponsor their ice hockey programs. Both teams start as independents.

Regular seasonEdit

Season tournamentsEdit

Tournament Dates Teams Champion
ECAC Holiday Hockey Festival December 20–21 4 Clarkson
Great Lakes Invitational December 20–21 4 Michigan Tech
St. Paul Hockey Classic December 20–21 4 North Dakota
Big Ten Holiday Tournament December 26–28 4 Michigan
Boston Arena Christmas Tournament December 27–28 4 Boston University
Syracuse Invitational December 27–28 4 Cornell
Yankee Conference Tournament December 27–28 4 New Hampshire
Broadmoor World Tournament December 27–29 3 Denver
Rensselaer Holiday Tournament December 27–29 4 Waterloo
Centennial Tournament January 3–4 4 Loyola
Beanpot February 3, 10 4 Harvard

Standings[1][2]Edit

1968–69 Big Ten standings|
Conference Overall
GP W L T Pct. GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Michigan 12 7 5 0 .583 42 39 28 16 12 0 124 101
Michigan State 10 5 4 1 .550 25 18 28 11 16 1 91 123
Minnesota 10 4 5 1 .450 25 29 29 13 13 3 113 96
Wisconsin 8 3 5 0 .375 26 32 34 22 10 2 215 98
indicates conference regular season champion
1968–69 ECAC Hockey standings
Conference Overall
GP W L T Pct. GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Cornell†* 20 19 1 0 .950 139 39 29 27 2 0 190 54
Boston College 21 16 5 0 .762 114 72 26 19 7 0 144 91
Harvard 23 16 6 1 .717 135 74 28 19 8 1 157 101
Clarkson 18 12 5 1 .694 94 65 28 19 7 2 158 96
New Hampshire 16 10 5 1 .656 68 56 29 22 6 1 155 77
Boston University 21 13 8 0 .619 107 69 29 19 10 1 154 84
Rensselaer 14 8 5 1 .607 58 54 21 12 8 1 93 77
Brown 20 10 9 1 .525 98 83 22 10 11 1 100 86
St. Lawrence 18 8 8 2 .500 83 76 24 11 11 2 102 96
Army 11 4 6 1 .409 45 48 28 20 7 1 167 104
Yale 23 9 14 0 .391 72 113 24 9 15 0 72 113
Colgate 16 6 10 0 .375 53 68 25 12 13 0 116 110
Dartmouth 21 6 13 2 .333 83 146 23 7 14 2 91 154
Providence 15 4 11 0 .267 43 76 21 7 14 0 67 95
Northeastern 18 4 14 0 .222 56 108 23 7 16 0 74 127
Princeton 23 5 18 0 .217 62 91 24 5 19 0 62 91
Pennsylvania 15 1 14 0 .067 44 116 22 7 15 0 79 131
Championship: Cornell
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
1968–69 Independent College Athletic Conference standings
Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Rensselaer 4 2 1 1 5 18 18 21 12 8 1 93 77
Clarkson 4 2 2 0 4 21 18 28 19 7 2 158 96
St. Lawrence 4 1 2 1 3 17 20 24 11 11 2 102 96
indicates conference regular season champion
1968–69 NCAA University Division Independent ice hockey standings
Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Air Force 0 0 0 0 - - - 18 6 12 0 85 100
Notre Dame 0 0 0 0 - - - 27 16 8 3 149 117
Ohio State 0 0 0 0 - - - 29 11 18 0 122 161
1968–69 Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings
Conference Overall
GP W L T PCT GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Michigan Tech Huskies†* 20 14 5 1 .725 86 56 32 21 9 2 144 95
Denver Pioneers* 20 14 6 0 .700 94 50 32 26 6 0 160 71
North Dakota Fighting Sioux 22 15 7 0 .682 97 89 29 18 10 1 130 125
Michigan Wolverines 18 10 8 0 .556 75 63 28 16 12 0 124 101
Minnesota Golden Gophers 22 11 9 2 .545 74 60 29 13 13 3 113 96
Michigan State Spartans 18 7 10 1 .417 51 57 28 11 16 1 91 123
Colorado College Tigers 18 4 14 0 .222 47 94 28 12 16 0 105 121
Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 22 3 19 0 .136 64 119 29 6 23 0 91 147
Championship: Michigan Tech, Denver
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion

1969 NCAA Tournament[3]Edit

  Semifinals
March 13-14
National Championship
March 15
                     
W1 Denver 9  
E2 Harvard 2  
  W1 Denver 4  
  E1 Cornell 3  
E1 Cornell 4*
W2 Michigan Tech 3     Third Place Game
  E2 Harvard 6**
  W2 Michigan Tech 5

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
Merhar, DavidDavid Merhar Senior Army - 57 50 107 -
Curran, TonyTony Curran Senior Army - 25 55 80 -
Cornell, BrianBrian Cornell Senior Cornell 29 22 52 74 26
Cavanagh, JoeJoe Cavanagh Sophomore Harvard 28 24 38 62 -
Dehate, DelbertDelbert Dehate Junior Wisconsin 34 36 25 61 50
Tufford, PeterPeter Tufford Senior Cornell 29 20 40 60 2
Sheehy, TimTim Sheehy Junior Boston College 26 19 41 60 36
Morrison, GeorgeGeorge Morrison Sophomore Denver 32 40 18 58 12
Earl, TomTom Earl Junior Colgate - 37 20 57 -
Conte, DavidDavid Conte Junior Colgate - - - 56 -

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
Dryden, KenKen Dryden Senior Cornell 27 1578 25 2 0 47 3 .936 1.79
Barry, JohnJohn Barry Sophomore Notre Dame - - - - - - - 2.00
Reynolds, BrianBrian Reynolds Sophomore Providence 19 - - - - - - - 2.10
Powers, GerryGerry Powers Senior Denver 32 - 26 6 0 - 5 .915 2.23
Duffett, RickRick Duffett Junior Michigan State 16 - - - - 42 - .916 2.74
Thomas, WayneWayne Thomas Sophomore Wisconsin 17 943 9 6 1 44 2 .901 2.80
McGinnis, DonaldDonald McGinnis Junior Brown - - - - - - 1 .919 2.83
Metzer, RickRick Metzer Senior New Hampshire - - - - - - - .896 2.84
McRae, GordGord McRae Junior Michigan Tech 28 1680 - - - 84 1 .897 3.00
Vroman, BobBob Vroman Junior Wisconsin 18 948 13 4 1 49 3 .884 3.10

AwardsEdit

NCAAEdit

Award[5] Recipient
Spencer Penrose Award (Coach of the Year) Charlie Holt, New Hampshire
Most Outstanding Player in NCAA Tournament Keith Magnuson, Denver

AHCA All-American Teams[6]
East Team   Position   West Team
Ken Dryden, Cornell G Rick Duffett, Michigan State
Paul Hurley, Boston College D Keith Magnuson, Denver
Bruce Pattison, Cornell D John Marks, North Dakota
Joe Cavanagh, Harvard F Bob Collyard, Colorado College
Brian Cornell, Cornell F Al Karlander, Michigan Tech
Tim Sheehy, Boston College F George Morrison, Denver
Peter Tufford, Cornell F Bob Munro, North Dakota
Herb Wakabayashi, Boston University F

ECACEdit

Award[7] Recipient
Player of the Year Ken Dryden, Cornell
Rookie of the Year Joe Cavanagh, Cornell
Most Outstanding Player in Tournament Ken Dryden, Cornell

All-ECAC Hockey Teams[8]
First Team   Position   Second Team
Ken Dryden, Cornell G Rick Metzer, New Hampshire
Paul Hurley, Boston College D Curt Bennett, Brown
Bruce Pattison, Cornell D Chris Gurry, Harvard
Brian Cornell, Cornell F Mike Hyndman, Boston University
Joe Cavanagh, Harvard F Tim Sheehy, Boston College
Herb Wakabayashi, Boston University F Peter Tufford, Cornell

WCHAEdit

Award[9] Recipient
Most Valuable Player Murray McLachlan, Minnesota
Sophomore of the Year George Morrison, Denver
Coach of the Year John Matchefts, Colorado College

All-WCHA Teams[10]
First Team   Position   Second Team
Murray McLachlan, Minnesota G Gerry Powers, Denver
Keith Magnuson, Denver D Paul Domm, Michigan
Terry Abram, North Dakota D John Marks, North Dakota
George Morrison, Denver F Dave Kartio, North Dakota
Bob Munro, North Dakota F Tom Miller, Denver
Al Karlander, Michigan Tech F Bob Collyard, Colorado College

ReferencesEdit

  1. "2008-09 ECAC Hockey Media Guide", ECAC Hockey. Retrieved on 2014-06-29. 
  2. "2008-09 WCHA Yearbook 97-112", WCHA. Retrieved on 2014-06-29. 
  3. "NCAA Tournament", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on May 19, 2013. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 1968-69 NCAA Division I Statistics. Elite Prospects. Retrieved on 2016-12-21.
  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. 
  7. "ECAC Awards", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on May 19, 2013. 
  8. "ECAC All-Teams", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on May 19, 2013. 
  9. "WCHA Awards", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on May 19, 2013. 
  10. "WCHA All-Teams", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on May 19, 2013. 

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