1986 NCAA Division I Men's
Ice Hockey Tournament
Season 1985–86
Teams 8
Finals Site Providence Civic Center
Providence, Rhode Island
Champions Michigan State Spartans (2nd title, 3rd title game,
5th Frozen Four)
Runner-Up Harvard Crimson (2nd title game,
9th Frozen Four)
Semifinalists Minnesota Golden Gophers (11th Frozen Four)
Denver Pioneers (12th Frozen Four)
Winning Coach Ron Mason (1st title)
MOP Mike Donnelly Michigan State
Attendance 24,836
NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournaments
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The 1986 NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Tournament was the culmination of the 1985–86 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey season, the 39th such tournament in NCAA history. It was held between March 21 and 29, 1986, and concluded with Michigan State defeating Harvard 6-5. All Quarterfinals matchups were held at home team venues while all succeeding games were played at the Providence Civic Center in Providence, Rhode Island.

Qualifying teams[1]Edit

The NCAA permitted 8 teams to qualify for the tournament and divided its qualifiers into two regions (East and West). Each of the tournament champions from the four Division I conferences (CCHA, ECAC, Hockey East and WCHA) received automatic invitations into the tournament with At-large bids making up the remaining 4 teams, 1 from each conference.

East West
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid
1 Boston University Hockey East 25–12–4 Tournament champion 15th 1984 1 Denver WCHA 33–10–1 Tournament champion 12th 1973
2 Harvard ECAC Hockey 22–7–1 At-large bid 11th 1985 2 Michigan State CCHA 30–9–2 At-large bid 8th 1985
3 Boston College Hockey East 26–11–3 At-large bid 14th 1985 3 Western Michigan CCHA 32–10–0 Tournament champion 1st Never
4 Cornell ECAC Hockey 20–6–4 Tournament champion 9th 1981 4 Minnesota WCHA 32–12–0 At-large bid 13th 1985


The tournament featured three rounds of play. The two odd-number ranked teams from one region were placed into a bracket with the two even-number ranked teams of the other region. The teams were then seeded according to their ranking. In the Quarterfinals the first and fourth seeds and the second and third seeds played two-game aggregate series to determine which school advanced to the Semifinals. Beginning with the Semifinals all games were played at the Providence Civic Center and all series became Single-game eliminations. The winning teams in the semifinals advanced to the National Championship Game with the losers playing in a Third Place game.

Tournament bracket[2]Edit

March 21–23
March 27–28
National Championship
March 29
E1 Boston University 4 3 7  
W4 Minnesota 6 5 11  
  W4 Minnesota 4  
  W2 Michigan State 6  
W2 Michigan State 6 4 10
E3 Boston College 4 2 6  
  W2 Michigan State 6
  E2 Harvard 5
W1 Denver 4 3 7  
E4 Cornell 2 4 6  
  W1 Denver 2 Third Place Game
  E2 Harvard 5  
E2 Harvard 4 7 11 W4 Minnesota 6
W3 Western Michigan 2 2 4   W1 Denver 4

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)


(E1) Boston University vs. (W4) MinnesotaEdit

Minnesota won series 11–7

(E2) Harvard vs. (W3) Western MichiganEdit

Harvard won series 11–4

(W1) Denver vs. (E4) CornellEdit

Denver won series 7–6

(W2) Michigan State vs. (E3) Boston CollegeEdit

Michigan State won series 10–6


(W2) Michigan State vs. (W4) MinnesotaEdit

(W1) Denver vs. (E2) HarvardEdit

Third Place GameEdit

(W1) Denver vs. (W4) MinnesotaEdit

National ChampionshipEdit

(W2) Michigan State vs. (E2) HarvardEdit

All-Tournament Team[4]Edit

* Most Outstanding Player(s)[5]

Quick factsEdit

  • The total championship attendance was 57,826
  • Lane MacDonald (4 G, 7 A) of Harvard and Mitch Messier (5 G, 6 A) of Michigan St each tallied 11 points in the tournament, most by any players
  • The following records were set or tied:
    • Most Assists, Individual, Game – 5, Kevin Miller, Michigan St, first round, game 1, tied
    • Shots on Goal, Both Teams, Period – 40, Minnesota (23) vs Michigan St (17), semifinals, second period, 5 goals

See alsoEdit


  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. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Michigan State 2013-14 Hockey History", Michigan State Spartans. Retrieved on 2017-02-11. 
  4. "NCAA Frozen Four Records", Retrieved on 2013-06-19. Archived from the original on 2013-06-22. 
  5. "NCAA Division I Awards", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on 2013-07-17. 
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