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The 1976–77 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey season began in October 1976 and concluded with the 1977 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament's championship game on March 26, 1977 at the Olympia Stadium in Detroit, Michigan. This was the 30th season in which an NCAA ice hockey championship was held and is the 83rd year overall where an NCAA school fielded a team.

Regular seasonEdit

Season tournamentsEdit

Tournament Dates Teams Champion
North County Thanksgiving Festival November 25–28 4 Clarkson
Binghamton Invitational November 26–27 4 York
Brown Invitational December 20–22 4 Vermont
Great Lakes Invitational December 28–29 4 Michigan Tech
Syracuse Invitational December 28–29 4 Boston College
Rensselaer Holiday Tournament December 28–30 4 Rensselaer
Union Holiday Festival Tournament December 29–30 4 Union, Western Ontario
Blue–Green Invitational January 2–3 4 New Hampshire
ECAC Holiday Hockey Festival January 2–3 4 Boston University
Beanpot February 7, 14 4 Harvard

Standings[1][2][3]Edit

1976–77 Big Ten standings
Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Wisconsin 12 9 3 0 18 78 47 45 37 7 1 264 161
Michigan 12 7 5 0 14 68 61 45 28 17 0 260 211
Minnesota 12 5 7 0 10 46 56 41 17 21 3 177 202
Michigan State 12 3 9 0 6 41 69 36 14 21 1 145 189
indicates conference regular season champion
1976–77 Central Collegiate Hockey Association standings
Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Saint Louis 16 13 2 1 27 89 52 39 27 11 1 197 128
Bowling Green* 16 10 6 0 20 94 52 39 28 11 0 209 113
Ohio State 16 8 7 1 17 64 74 38 17 20 1 160 178
Western Michigan 16 5 11 0 10 52 79 37 17 19 1 179 180
Lake Superior State 16 3 13 0 6 56 98 33 10 23 0 139 197
Championship: Bowling Green
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
1976–77 ECAC Hockey standings
Conference Overall
GP W L T Pct. GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Clarkson 23 19 4 0 .826 146 87 34 26 8 0 222 127
New Hampshire 27 21 6 0 .778 182 121 39 27 12 0 245 181
Cornell 23 16 6 1 .717 160 102 29 20 8 1 204 134
Boston University* 24 16 7 1 .688 142 110 34 22 11 1 198 160
Boston College 23 13 9 1 .587 125 106 30 18 11 1 174 130
Rensselaer 24 14 10 0 .583 138 131 30 17 12 1 184 168
Brown 21 12 9 0 .571 121 95 27 16 11 0 145 118
Providence 25 14 11 0 .560 124 105 30 17 13 0 146 128
Harvard 22 12 10 0 .545 92 78 26 14 12 0 108 95
Dartmouth 24 11 12 1 .479 136 118 26 12 12 2 146 124
Vermont 23 10 13 0 .435 105 103 30 15 15 0 141 122
Colgate 24 10 14 0 .417 110 144 28 12 16 0 128 170
Northeastern 22 9 13 0 .409 92 125 27 11 16 0 121 141
Pennsylvania 24 7 17 0 .292 93 148 26 9 17 0 105 157
Yale 23 5 17 1 .239 73 130 25 6 18 1 84 140
St. Lawrence 20 3 17 0 .150 86 147 28 8 20 0 134 182
Princeton 24 3 20 1 .146 70 143 25 3 21 1 72 150
Championship: Boston University
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
1976–77 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 20 7 0 170 104
Northern Michigan 0 0 0 0 - - - 33 19 13 1 174 130
1976–77 Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings
Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Wisconsin†* 32 26 5 1 53 192 122 45 37 7 1 264 161
Notre Dame 32 19 10 3 41 164 127 38 22 13 3 191 147
Michigan 32 20 12 0 40 183 151 45 28 17 0 260 211
Denver 32 16 14 2 34 154 151 40 21 17 2 206 187
North Dakota 32 16 16 0 32 168 158 38 19 19 0 202 184
Michigan Tech 32 15 16 1 31 143 150 38 19 18 1 177 178
Minnesota 32 13 16 3 29 135 144 42 17 22 3 177 202
Colorado College 32 11 20 1 23 156 170 40 13 25 2 194 209
Michigan State 32 11 20 1 23 122 171 36 14 21 1 145 189
Minnesota-Duluth 32 6 24 2 14 119 192 37 9 26 2 148 219
Championship: Wisconsin
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion

1977 NCAA Tournament[4]Edit

  First Round
March 20
    Semifinals
March 24–25
    National Championship
March 26
                           
        E1 Boston University 4  
  W2 Michigan 6     W2 Michigan 6    
  A Bowling Green 3         W2 Michigan 5
      W1 Wisconsin 6*
      W1 Wisconsin 4*    
      E2 New Hampshire 3   Third Place Game
  E1 Boston University 6
  E2 New Hampshire 5

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

Player statsEdit

Scoring leaders[5]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
Taylor, DaveDave Taylor Senior Clarkson 34 41 67 108 70
Debol, DaveDave Debol Junior Michigan 45 43 56 99 40
Miller, BobBob Miller Sophomore New Hampshire 38 30 59 89 45
Norwich, CraigCraig Norwich Junior Wisconsin 44 18 65 83 70
Eaves, MikeMike Eaves Junior Wisconsin 45 28 53 81 18
Johnson, MarkMark Johnson Freshman Wisconsin 43 36 44 80 16
Meagher, RickRick Meagher Senior Boston University 34 34 46 80 42
Nethery, LanceLance Nethery Sophomore Cornell 29 32 46 78 18
Walsh, BrianBrian Walsh Senior Notre Dame 38 30 47 77 70
Cox, RalphRalph Cox Sophomore New Hampshire 37 40 36 76 50
Maurer, KipKip Maurer Junior Michigan - 38 38 76 8

Leading goaltenders[5]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
Liut, MikeMike Liut Senior Bowling Green 24 1346 18 4 0 61 2 .901 2.72
Middlebrook, LindsayLindsay Middlebrook Senior Saint Louis 18 1058 11 7 0 54 1 .893 3.07
Baretta, JulianJulian Baretta Sophomore Wisconsin 26 1458 21 2 0 75 2 .905 3.08
Talbot, TomTom Talbot Sophomore Air Force - - - - - 64 - .905 3.40
Peterson, JohnJohn Peterson Junior Notre Dame 17 - - - - 70 0 .899 3.44
Reynolds, PeterPeter Reynolds Senior Vermont 18 912 - - - 54 0 .878 3.55
Shields, BrianBrian Shields Senior Clarkson 32 1850 26 - - 111 0 .896 3.60
Petrovek, BrianBrian Petrovek Junior Harvard 26 1575 14 12 0 95 1 .864 3.62
Stevens, ChuckChuck Stevens Sophomore Michigan Tech 10 - - - - - - .882 3.67
Oakes, BarrieBarrie Oakes Freshman Northern Michigan 21 - - - - - - .884 3.70

AwardsEdit

NCAAEdit

Award[6] Recipient
Spencer Penrose Award (Coach of the Year) Jerry York, Clarkson
Most Outstanding Player in NCAA Tournament Julian Baretta, Wisconsin

AHCA All-American Teams[7]
East Team   Position   West Team
Brian Shields, Clarkson G Julian Baretta, Wisconsin
Bill Blackwood, Clarkson D Jack Brownschidle, Notre Dame
Tim Burke, New Hampshire D Craig Norwich, Wisconsin
Rick Meagher, Boston University F Dave Debol, Michigan
Bob Miller, New Hampshire F Mike Eaves, Wisconsin
Dave Taylor, Clarkson F Brian Walsh, Notre Dame

CCHAEdit

Awards[8] Recipient
Player of the Year Mike Liut, Bowling Green
Coach of the Year Bill Selman, Saint Louis

All-CCHA Teams[9]
First Team   Position   Second Team
Mike Liut, Bowling Green G Pat Tims, Lake Superior State
John Mavity, Bowling Green D Ken Morrow, Bowling Green
Kent Jackson, Saint Louis D Doug Butler, Saint Louis
Mark Wells, Bowling Green F Gary Murphy, Saint Louis
John Markell, Bowling Green F Wayne Ormson, Saint Louis
Tim Dunlop, Western Michigan F Paul Tilley, Ohio State

ECACEdit

Award[10] Recipient
Player of the Year Dave Taylor, Clarkson
Rookie of the Year Jack Hughes, Harvard
Most Outstanding Player in Tournament Rick Meagher, Boston University

All-ECAC Hockey Teams[11]
First Team   Position   Second Team
Brian Shields, Clarkson G Paul Skidmore, Boston College
Jack Hughes, Harvard D Ron Wilson, Providence
Tim Bothwell, Brown D Bill Blackwood, Clarkson
D Tim Burke, New Hampshire
Dave Taylor, Clarkson F Mike Eruzione, Boston University
Rick Meagher, Boston University F Lance Nethery, Cornell
Bob Miller, New Hampshire F Bob Ferriter, Boston College

WCHAEdit

Award[12] Recipient
Most Valuable Player Brian Walsh, Notre Dame
Freshman of the Year Mark Johnson, Wisconsin
Coach of the Year Bob Johnson, Wisconsin

All-WCHA Teams[13]
First Team   Position   Second Team
Julian Baretta, Wisconsin G John Peterson, Notre Dame
Jack Brownschidle, Notre Dame D Greg Woods, Denver
Craig Norwich, Wisconsin D John Taft, Wisconsin
Brian Walsh, Notre Dame F Dan Lempe, Minnesota-Duluth
Dave Debol, Michigan F Roger Lamoureux, North Dakota
Kris Manery, Michigan F Mike Eaves, Wisconsin

ReferencesEdit

  1. "2012-13 CCHA Media Guide", CCHA. Retrieved on 2014-06-29. 
  2. "2008-09 ECAC Hockey Media Guide", ECAC Hockey. Retrieved on 2014-06-29. 
  3. "2008-09 WCHA Yearbook 113-128", WCHA. Retrieved on 2014-06-29. 
  4. "NCAA Tournament", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on May 19, 2013. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 1976-77 NCAA Division I Statistics. Elite Prospects. Retrieved on 2016-06-04.
  6. "NCAA Division I Awards", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on June 11, 2013. 
  7. "Men's Ice Hockey Award Winners", NCAA.org. Retrieved on June 11, 2013. 
  8. "CCHA Awards", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on May 19, 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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