1987 NCAA Division I Men's
Ice Hockey Tournament
Season 1986–87
Teams 8
Finals Site Joe Louis Arena
Detroit, Michigan
Champions North Dakota Fighting Sioux (5th title, 8th title game,
11th Frozen Four)
Runner-Up Michigan State Spartans (4th title game,
6th Frozen Four)
Semifinalists Minnesota Golden Gophers (12th Frozen Four)
Harvard Crimson (10th Frozen Four)
Winning Coach Gino Gasparini (3rd title)
MOP Tony Hrkac North Dakota
Attendance 36,251
NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournaments
← 1986  1988 →

The 1987 NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Tournament was the culmination of the 1986–87 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey season, the 40th such tournament in NCAA history. It was held between March 20 and 28, 1987, and concluded with North Dakota defeating Michigan State 5-3. All Quarterfinals matchups were held at home team venues while all succeeding games were played at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan.

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 College Hockey East 30–7–0 Tournament champion 15th 1986 1 North Dakota WCHA 36–8–0 Tournament champion 11th 1984
2 Harvard ECAC Hockey 26–4–0 Tournament champion 12th 1986 2 Michigan State CCHA 30–9–2 Tournament champion 9th 1986
3 Maine Hockey East 24–14–2 At-large bid 1st Never 3 Bowling Green CCHA 33–8–2 At-large bid 6th 1984
4 St. Lawrence ECAC Hockey 24–9–0 At-large bid 9th 1983 4 Minnesota WCHA 32–12–1 At-large bid 14th 1986


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 Joe Louis Arena 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 20–21
March 26–27
National Championship
March 28
E1 Boston College 1 3 4  
W4 Minnesota 4 2 6  
  W4 Minnesota 3  
  W2 Michigan State 5  
W2 Michigan State 6 5 11
E3 Maine 2 3 5  
  W2 Michigan State 3
  W1 North Dakota 5
W1 North Dakota 3 6 9  
E4 St. Lawrence 1 3 4  
  W1 North Dakota 5 Third Place Game
  E2 Harvard 2  
E2 Harvard 7 3 10 W4 Minnesota 6
W3 Bowling Green 1 0 1   E2 Harvard 3
Note: * denotes overtime period(s)


(E1) Boston College vs. (W4) MinnesotaEdit

Minnesota won series 6–4

(E2) Harvard vs. (W3) Bowling GreenEdit

Harvard won series 10–1

(W1) North Dakota vs. (E4) St. LawrenceEdit

North Dakota won series 9–4

(W2) Michigan State vs. (E3) MaineEdit

Michigan State won series 11–5


(W1) North Dakota vs. (E2) HarvardEdit

(W2) Michigan State vs. (W4) MinnesotaEdit

Third Place GameEdit

(E2) Harvard vs. (W4) MinnesotaEdit

National ChampionshipEdit

(W1) North Dakota vs. (W2) Michigan StateEdit

All-Tournament Team[5]Edit

* Most Outstanding Player(s)[6]

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 "Michigan State 2013-14 Hockey History", Michigan State Spartans. Retrieved on 2017-02-11. 
  4. "North Dakota Hockey 2015-16 Media Guide", North Dakota. Retrieved on 2017-02-19. 
  5. "NCAA Frozen Four Records", 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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