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1979 NCAA Division I Men's
Ice Hockey Tournament
Season 1978–79
Teams 5
Finals Site Olympia Stadium
Detroit, Michigan
Champions Minnesota Golden Gophers (3rd title, 7th title game,
8th Frozen Four)
Runner-Up North Dakota Fighting Sioux (5th title game,
7th Frozen Four)
Semifinalists Dartmouth Big Green (3rd Frozen Four)
New Hampshire Wildcats (2nd Frozen Four)
Winning Coach Herb Brooks (3rd title)
MOP Steve Janaszak Minnesota
Attendance 13,859
NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournaments
← 1978  1980 →

The 1979 NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Tournament was the culmination of the 1978–79 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey season, the 32nd such tournament in NCAA history. It was held between March 18 and 24, 1979, and concluded with Minnesota defeating North Dakota 4-3. The first round game was held at the home team venue while all succeeding games were played at the Olympia Stadium in Detroit, Michigan.

Qualifying teams[1]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 co-champions. 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 New Hampshire ECAC Hockey 22–8–3 Tournament champion 2nd 1977 1 North Dakota WCHA 29–10–1 Tournament co-champion 7th 1968
2 Dartmouth ECAC Hockey 18–8–2 Tournament finalist 3rd 1949 2 Minnesota WCHA 29–11–1 Tournament co-champion 8th 1976
At-Large
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid
A Bowling Green CCHA 37–5–2 Tournament champion 3rd 1978

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 co-champion that finished highest in the regular season 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[2]Edit

  First Round
March 18
    Semifinals
March 22–23
    National Championship
March 24
                           
        E1 New Hampshire 3  
  W2 Minnesota 6     W2 Minnesota 4    
  A Bowling Green 3         W2 Minnesota 4
      W1 North Dakota 3
      W1 North Dakota 4    
      E2 Dartmouth 2   Third Place Game
  E1 New Hampshire 3
  E2 Dartmouth 7

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

First RoundEdit

(W2) Minnesota vs. (A) Bowling GreenEdit


SemifinalEdit

(E1) New Hampshire vs. (W2) MinnesotaEdit


(W1) North Dakota vs. (E2) DartmouthEdit


Third Place GameEdit

(E1) New Hampshire vs. (E2) DartmouthEdit


National ChampionshipEdit

(W1) North Dakota vs. (W2) MinnesotaEdit


All-Tournament Team[3]Edit

* Most Outstanding Player(s)[4]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. "NCAA Division 1 Tournament", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on 2013-06-19. Archived from the original on 2013-06-21. 
  2. "NCAA Tournament", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on May 19, 2013. 
  3. "NCAA Frozen Four Records", NCAA.org. Retrieved on 2013-06-19. Archived from the original on 2013-06-22. 
  4. "NCAA Division I Awards", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on 2013-07-17. 
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