The 1982 WCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was the 23rd conference playoff in league history and 30th season where a WCHA champion was crowned. The tournament was played between March 4 and March 14, 1982. First round and semifinal games were played at home team campus sites while the championship match was held at the Winter Sports Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota. By winning the tournament, Wisconsin received the WCHA's automatic bid to the 1982 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.

This as the first WCHA tournament held after the defection of four conference schools to the CCHA.

Format[edit | edit source]

All member teams were eligible for the tournament and were seeded No. 1 through No. 6 according to their final conference standing, with a tiebreaker system used to seed teams with an identical number of points accumulated. As a result of their receiving the Broadmoor Trophy, North Dakota's home venue, Winter Sports Center, served as the site for the Championship game regardless of which teams qualified for the penultimate match. Each series were two-game matchups with the team that scored the most goals advancing to the succeeding round. The top two seeded teams received byes into the semifinal round while the third seed and sixth seed and the fourth seed and fifth seed met in the first round. The teams that advanced to the semifinal were re-seeded according to the final regular season conference standings, with the first seed matched against lowest remaining seed in one semifinal game and the second seed meeting with the other advancing team with the winners meeting in the championship round. The Tournament Champion received an automatic bid to the 1982 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.

Conference Standings[3][edit | edit source]

Note: GP = Games Played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; PTS = Points; GF = Goals For; GA = Goals Against

1981–82 Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings
Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
North Dakota 26 19 7 0 38 119 81 47 35 12 0 218 143
Wisconsin* 26 18 7 1 37 126 80 47 35 11 1 255 126
Minnesota 26 13 11 2 28 103 102 36 22 12 2 153 125
Denver 26 9 15 2 20 119 132 43 21 19 3 233 197
Minnesota-Duluth 26 9 16 1 19 114 141 40 16 21 3 192 201
Colorado College 26 6 18 2 14 105 150 36 11 23 2 152 196
Championship: Wisconsin
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion

Bracket[4][edit | edit source]

Teams are reseeded after the first round

  First Round
March 4–6
Semifinals
March 9–10
Championship
March 13–14
                                 
  3 Minnesota 3 6 1 North Dakota 4 5  
  6 Colorado College 1 3 4 Denver 3 2    
      1 North Dakota 0 1
      2 Wisconsin 9 3
  4 Denver 5 5 2 Wisconsin 3 6    
  5 Minnesota-Duluth 2 5 3 Minnesota 4 2  

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

First Round[edit | edit source]

(3) Minnesota vs. (6) Colorado College[edit | edit source]

Minnesota won series 9–4


(4) Denver vs. (5) Minnesota-Duluth[edit | edit source]

Denver won series 10–7


Semifinals[edit | edit source]

(1) North Dakota vs. (4) Denver[edit | edit source]

North Dakota won series 9–5


(2) Wisconsin vs. (3) Minnesota[edit | edit source]

Wisconsin won series 9–6


Championship[edit | edit source]

(1) North Dakota vs. (2) Wisconsin[edit | edit source]

Wisconsin won series 12–1


Tournament awards[edit | edit source]

None

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Wisconsin Men's Team History". Retrieved on 2014-06-01. 
  2. "Bob Johnson Year-by-Year Coaching Record". Retrieved on 2014-06-01. 
  3. "2009-10 WCHA Yearbook 113-128", WCHA. Retrieved on 2014-06-01. 
  4. "2009-10 WCHA Yearbook 129-144", WCHA. Retrieved on 2014-06-01. 

External links[edit | edit source]

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