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The 1973–74 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey season began in October 1973 and concluded with the 1974 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament's championship game on March 16, 1974 at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. This was the 27th season in which an NCAA ice hockey championship was held and is the 80th year overall where an NCAA school fielded a team.

In the summer of 1973 the NCAA changed the classifications of the tiers in each of their sponsored sports. The University- and College-divisions were done away with and replaced by numerical designations making this the first official Division I season.[1]

The NIT held a competing ice hockey tournament for the first time. The tournament included NAIA champion Lake Superior State, ECAC 2 champion Vermont and two NCAA Division I schools (Minnesota–Duluth and Saint Louis). Minnesota–Duluth won the championship but the tournament was not renewed for a second season.

Regular seasonEdit

Season tournamentsEdit

Tournament Dates Teams Champion
Christmas City of the North Tournament November 22–24 4 Minnesota–Duluth
North Country Thanksgiving Festival November 22–24 4 Toronto
Flint IMA Tournament December 27–28 4 Michigan
St. Louis Holiday Tournament December 27–28 4 Saint Louis
Rensselaer Holiday Tournament December 27–29 4 Boston University
Great Lakes Invitational December 28–29 4 Michigan State
Syracuse Invitational December 28–29 4 Cornell
Beanpot February 4, 11 4 Harvard

Standings[2][3][4]Edit

1973–74 Big Ten standings
Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Wisconsin 12 5 4 3 13 55 45 36 18 13 5 170 141
Minnesota 12 5 4 3 13 50 47 39 22 11 6 171 143
Michigan State 12 5 6 1 11 61 63 38 23 14 1 207 177
Michigan 12 5 6 1 11 47 59 36 18 17 1 147 162
indicates conference regular season champion
1973–74 Central Collegiate Hockey Association standings
Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Lake Superior State 8 5 3 0 10 40 33 39 22 16 1 205 159
Saint Louis* 8 5 3 0 10 35 37 40 28 12 0 224 165
Bowling Green 8 2 6 0 4 32 37 39 20 19 0 217 167
Championship: Saint Louis
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
1973–74 ECAC Hockey standings
Conference Overall
GP W L T Pct. GF GA GP W L T GF GA
New Hampshire 20 15 5 0 .750 113 71 31 22 9 0 171 105
Harvard 21 15 6 0 .714 166 109 29 17 11 1 155 113
Boston University* 20 14 6 0 .700 167 89 31 23 8 0 190 95
Cornell 20 13 6 1 .675 135 108 27 19 7 1 146 110
St. Lawrence 17 9 7 1 .559 79 83 28 12 15 1 125 123
Dartmouth 22 12 10 0 .545 93 104 25 13 11 1 99 100
Providence 19 9 9 1 .500 83 103 26 14 11 1 115 113
Rensselaer 17 8 9 0 .471 101 116 30 14 15 1 141 142
Clarkson 21 9 11 1 .452 70 89 27 12 14 1 97 115
Pennsylvania 21 9 12 0 .429 67 71 24 10 14 0 75 87
Boston College 19 8 11 0 .421 89 98 28 16 12 0 137 138
Northeastern 19 7 10 2 .421 74 88 27 10 13 4 116 124
Brown 18 7 11 0 .389 63 69 23 10 13 0 87 86
Princeton 20 7 12 1 .375 62 100 24 9 14 1 87 117
Yale 18 5 13 0 .278 60 91 24 8 16 0 80 114
Colgate 20 5 14 1 .275 73 104 28 11 16 1 122 133
Championship: Boston University
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
1973–74 NCAA Division I 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 - - - 27 12 15 0 143 127
Ohio State 0 0 0 0 - - - 31 16 13 2 162 123
1973–74 Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings
Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Michigan Tech†* 28 20 6 2 42 155 95 40 28 9 3 218 135
Minnesota* 28 14 9 5 33 125 100 39 22 11 6 171 143
Denver 28 15 11 2 32 126 122 38 22 13 3 171 156
Michigan State 28 15 12 1 31 150 140 38 23 14 1 207 177
Wisconsin 28 12 11 5 29 124 105 36 18 13 5 170 141
Minnesota-Duluth 28 13 14 1 27 113 126 38 21 16 1 167 155
Michigan 28 12 15 1 25 107 131 36 18 17 1 147 162
Notre Dame 28 11 16 1 23 125 121 36 14 20 2 159 154
Colorado College 28 10 16 2 22 120 138 32 13 17 2 155 157
North Dakota 28 8 20 0 16 80 147 34 10 23 1 103 169
Championship: Michigan Tech, Minnesota
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion

1974 NCAA Tournament[5]Edit

  Semifinals
March 14–15
National Championship
March 16
                     
E1 Boston University 4  
W2 Minnesota 5  
  W2 Minnesota 4  
  W1 Michigan Tech 2  
W1 Michigan Tech 6*
E2 Harvard 5     Third Place Game
  E1 Boston University 7
  E2 Harvard 5

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

Player statsEdit

Scoring leaders[6]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
Colp, SteveSteve Colp Sophomore Michigan State 38 43 54 97 48
Ross, TomTom Ross Sophomore Michigan State 38 37 51 88 32
Dobek, BobBob Dobek Sophomore Bowling Green 39 44 42 86 40
Palazzari, DougDoug Palazzari Senior Colorado College 32 31 48 79 71
Nestic, JohnJohn Nestic Senior Saint Louis 40 41 35 76 10
Zuke, MikeMike Zuke Sophomore Michigan Tech 40 28 47 75 38
Rice, DarrylDarryl Rice Sophomore Michigan State 38 31 38 69 54
Stewart, JohnJohn Stewart Sophomore Bowling Green 39 27 42 69 50
D'Alvise, BobBob D'Alvise Junior Michigan Tech 40 29 39 68 4
Delich, ChuckChuck Delich Freshman Air Force 27 43 24 67 36

Leading goaltenders[6]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
Raeder, CapCap Raeder Sophomore New Hampshire 22 1318 15 - - 58 0 .908 2.64
Walsh, EdEd Walsh Junior Boston University 29 1633 - - - 78 2 .911 2.86
Warden, JimJim Warden Sophomore Michigan Tech 13 - - - - - - .910 3.01
Quance, RickRick Quance Junior Michigan Tech 21 - - - - - - .894 3.01
Shelstad, BradBrad Shelstad Senior Minnesota 34 2148 - - - 111 1 .906 3.10
Buppert, BarneyBarney Buppert Sophomore New Hampshire 11 520 - - - 32 0 .873 3.69
Aikens, HarryHarry Aikens Freshman St. Lawrence 12 616 - - - 38 0 .903 3.70
Hangsleben, GordyGordy Hangsleben Freshman North Dakota - - - - - - 0 .900 3.74
Perkins, DickDick Perkins Sophomore Wisconsin 23 1381 10 8 4 87 0 .891 3.78
LaRose, SylSyl LaRose Freshman Clarkson 23 1311 10 - - 83 0 .896 3.80

AwardsEdit

NCAAEdit

Award[7] Recipient
Spencer Penrose Award (Coach of the Year) Charlie Holt, New Hampshire
Most Outstanding Player in NCAA Tournament Brad Shelstad, Minnesota

AHCA All-American Teams[8]
East Team   Position   West Team
Cap Raeder, New Hampshire G Robbie Moore, Michigan
George Kuzmicz, Cornell D Norm Barnes, Michigan State
Vic Stanfield, Boston University D Jim Nahrgang, Michigan Tech
Bill Burlington, Boston University F Steve Colp, Michigan State
Gordie Clark, New Hampshire F Doug Palazzari, Colorado College
Randy Roth, Harvard F Mike Zuke, Michigan Tech

CCHAEdit

No Awards

All-CCHA Teams[9]
First Team   Position   Second Team
Pat Tims, Lake Superior State G Ralph Kloiber, Saint Louis
Roger Archer, Bowling Green D Mario Faubert, Saint Louis
Tom Davies, Lake Superior State D Bill Slewidge, Lake Superior State
Bob Dobek, Bowling Green F John Stewart, Bowling Green
Kim Gellert, Lake Superior State F Rick Kennedy, Saint Louis
John Nestic, Saint Louis F Charlie Labelle, Saint Louis

ECACEdit

Award[10] Recipient
Player of the Year Randy Roth, Harvard
Rookie of the Year Ron Wilson, Providence
Most Outstanding Player in Tournament Ed Walsh, Boston University

All-ECAC Hockey Teams[11]
First Team   Position   Second Team
Ed Walsh, Boston University G Cap Raeder, New Hampshire
Vic Stanfield, Boston University D Levy Byrd, Harvard
George Kuzmicz, Cornell D Peter Brown, Boston University
Bill Burlington, Boston University F Bob Goodenow, Harvard
Gordie Clark, New Hampshire F Tom Fleming, Dartmouth
Randy Roth, Harvard F Rick Meagher, Boston University

WCHAEdit

Award[12] Recipient
Most Valuable Player Doug Palazzari, Colorado College
Freshman of the Year Brian Walsh, Notre Dame
Coach of the Year Herb Brooks, Minnesota

All-WCHA Teams[13]
First Team   Position   Second Team
Brad Shelstad, Minnesota G Rick Quance, Michigan Tech
Jim Nahrgang, Michigan Tech D Gord McDonald, Minnesota-Duluth
Norm Barnes, Michigan State D Bruce Affleck, Denver
Doug Palazzari, Colorado College F Lorne Stamler, Michigan Tech
Steve Colp, Michigan State F Tom Ross, Michigan State
Mike Zuke, Michigan Tech F Ray Delorenzi, Notre Dame

ReferencesEdit

  1. "NCAA Classifications", College Hockey Historical Archive. Retrieved on 2017-01-13. 
  2. "2012-13 CCHA Media Guide", CCHA. Retrieved on 2014-06-29. 
  3. "2008-09 ECAC Hockey Media Guide", ECAC Hockey. Retrieved on 2014-06-29. 
  4. "2008-09 WCHA Yearbook 113-128", WCHA. Retrieved on 2014-06-29. 
  5. "NCAA Tournament", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on May 19, 2013. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 1973-74 NCAA Division I Statistics. Elite Prospects. Retrieved on 2016-06-04.
  7. "NCAA Division I Awards", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on June 11, 2013. 
  8. "Men's Ice Hockey Award Winners", NCAA.org. Retrieved on June 11, 2013. 
  9. "CCHA All-Teams", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on May 19, 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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