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1977 NCAA Division I Men's
Ice Hockey Tournament
Season 1976–77
Teams 5
Finals Site Olympia Stadium
Detroit, Michigan
Champions Wisconsin Badgers (2nd title, 2nd title game,
4th Frozen Four)
Runner-Up Michigan Wolverines (9th title game,
13th Frozen Four)
Semifinalists Boston University Terriers (12th Frozen Four)
New Hampshire Wildcats (1st Frozen Four)
Winning Coach Bob Johnson (2nd title)
MOP Julian Baretta Wisconsin
Attendance 25,694
NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournaments
← 1976  1978 →

The 1977 NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Tournament was the culmination of the 1976–77 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey season, the 30th such tournament in NCAA history. It was held between March 20 and 26, 1977, and concluded with Wisconsin defeating Michigan 6-5 in overtime. The first round game were held at the home team venue while all succeeding games were played at the Olympia Stadium in Detroit, Michigan.

For the first time the tournament was expanded beyond 4 teams. The NCAA selection committee granted themselves the ability to add an additional 4 teams to the tournament beyond the two tournament finalists from both the ECAC and WCHA.[1]

Qualifying teams[2]Edit

The NCAA gave four teams automatic bids into the tournament. The two ECAC teams that reached the ECAC tournament final received bids as did the two WCHA teams that reached their tournament championship. The NCAA also had the ability to add up to 4 additional teams as it saw fit and chose to include the CCHA tournament champion as well.

East West
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid
1 Boston University ECAC Hockey 21–10–1 Tournament champion 12th 1976 1 Wisconsin WCHA 35–7–1 Tournament champion 4th 1973
2 New Hampshire ECAC Hockey 27–10–0 Tournament finalist 1st Never 2 Michigan WCHA 26–16–0 Tournament finalist 13th 1964
At-Large
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid
A Bowling Green CCHA 28–10–0 Tournament champion 1st Never

FormatEdit

The four automatic qualifiers were seeded according to pre-tournament finish. The ECAC champion was seeded as the top eastern team while the WCHA champion was given the top western seed. The second eastern seed was slotted to play the top western seed and vice versa. Because an at-large bid was offered to a western school they were placed in a first round game with the second western seed to determine the final semifinalist. The first round game was played at the home venue of the second seed while all succeeding games were played at the Olympia in Detroit, Michigan. All matches were Single-game eliminations with the semifinal winners advancing to the national championship game and the losers playing in a consolation game.

Tournament Bracket[3]Edit

  First Round
March 20
    Semifinals
March 24–25
    National Championship
March 26
                           
        E1 Boston University 4  
  W2 Michigan 7     W2 Michigan 6    
  A Bowling Green 5         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)

First RoundEdit

(W2) Michigan vs. (A) Bowling GreenEdit


SemifinalEdit

(E1) Boston University vs. (W2) MichiganEdit


(W1) Wisconsin vs. (E2) New HampshireEdit


Third Place GameEdit

(E1) Boston University vs. (E2) New HampshireEdit


National ChampionshipEdit

(W1) Wisconsin vs. (W2) MichiganEdit


All-Tournament Team[5]Edit

* Most Outstanding Player(s)[6]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Title Unknown. Archived from the original on 2013-07-02. Retrieved on 2013-06-29.
  2. "NCAA Division 1 Tournament", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on 2013-06-19. Archived from the original on 2013-06-21. 
  3. "NCAA Tournament", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on May 19, 2013. 
  4. "1977 Championship Boxscore", Wisconsin Badgers. Retrieved on 2018-04-19. 
  5. "NCAA Frozen Four Records", NCAA.org. Retrieved on 2013-06-19. Archived from the original on 2013-06-22. 
  6. "NCAA Division I Awards", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on 2013-07-17. 
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