|1988 WCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament|
|Dates||February 25-March 7, 1988|
|Finals site|| Civic Center|
St. Paul, Minnesota
|Champions||Wisconsin (8th title)|
|Winning coach||Jeff Sauer (3rd title)|
|MVP||Dean Anderson (Wisconsin)|
| WCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournaments
The 1988 WCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was the 29th conference playoff in league history and 36th season where a WCHA champion was crowned. The tournament was played between February 25 and March 7, 1988. First round games were played at home team campus sites while all 'Final Four' matches were held, for the first time, at the Civic Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. This was the first year in the tournament's history that the championship game was held at a neutral site which it would continue to do henceforward (as of 2014). By winning the tournament, Wisconsin was awarded the Broadmoor Trophy and received the WCHA's automatic bid to the 1988 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.
Additionally, this was the first season that the WCHA named a tournament MVP as well as an All-Tournament Team.
The first round of the postseason tournament featured a best-of-three games format. Teams were seeded No. 1 through No. 8 according to their final conference standing, with a tiebreaker system used to seed teams with an identical number of points accumulated. The top four seeded teams each earned home ice and hosted one of the lower seeded teams.
The winners of the first round series advanced to the semifinal and championship rounds held at the Civic Center. All Final Four games used a single-elimination format. Teams were re-seeded No. 1 through No. 4 according to the final regular season conference standings, with the top remaining seed matched against lowest remaining seed in one semifinal game while the two other semifinalists meeting with the winners advancing to the championship game and the losers competing in a Third Place contest. The Tournament Champion received an automatic bid to the 1988 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.
Note: GP = Games Played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; PTS = Points; GF = Goals For; GA = Goals Against
|1987–88 Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings|
† indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
Teams are reseeded after the first round
|5||North Dakota||5||3||4*||5||North Dakota||1||5||North Dakota||6|
Note: * denotes overtime period(s)
(1) Minnesota vs. (8) Colorado CollegeEdit
|February 26||Minnesota||7 – 0||Colorado College||Mariucci Arena|
|February 27||Minnesota||5 – 0||Colorado College||Mariucci Arena|
|Minnesota won series 2–0|
(2) Wisconsin vs. (7) Northern MichiganEdit
|February 25||Wisconsin||2 – 1||OT||Northern Michigan||Dane County Coliseum|
|February 26||Wisconsin||5 – 4||Northern Michigan||Dane County Coliseum|
|Wisconsin won series 2–0|
(3) Denver vs. (6) Minnesota-DuluthEdit
|February 26||Denver||2 – 5||Minnesota-Duluth||DU Arena|
|February 27||Denver||3 – 7||Minnesota-Duluth||DU Arena|
|Minnesota-Duluth won series 2–0|
(4) Michigan Tech vs. (5) North DakotaEdit
|February 26||Michigan Tech||4 – 5||North Dakota||Student Ice Arena|
|February 27||Michigan Tech||6 – 3||North Dakota||Student Ice Arena|
|February 28||Michigan Tech||3 – 4||OT||North Dakota||Student Ice Arena|
|North Dakota won series 2–1|
(1) Minnesota vs. (6) Minnesota-DuluthEdit
|March 6||Minnesota||6 – 0||Minnesota-Duluth||Civic Center|
(2) Wisconsin vs. (5) North DakotaEdit
|March 6||Wisconsin||2 – 1||North Dakota||Civic Center|
(5) North Dakota vs. (6) Minnesota-DuluthEdit
|March 7||North Dakota||6 – 0||Minnesota-Duluth||Civic Center|
(1) Minnesota vs. (2) WisconsinEdit
|March 7||Minnesota||2 – 3||Wisconsin||Civic Center|
- F Neil Eisenhut (North Dakota)
- F Paul Ranheim (Wisconsin)
- F Steve Tuttle (Wisconsin)
- D Randy Skarda (Minnesota)
- D Paul Stanton (Wisconsin)
- G Dean Anderson* (Wisconsin)
- ↑ "Wisconsin Men's Team History". Retrieved on 2014-06-01.
- ↑ "Jeff Sauer Year-by-Year Coaching Record". Retrieved on 2014-06-01.
- ↑ "WCHA Awards", College Hockey Historical Archive. Retrieved on 2014-06-01.
- ↑ "2009-10 WCHA Yearbook 113-128", WCHA. Retrieved on 2014-06-01.
- ↑ "2009-10 WCHA Yearbook 129-144", WCHA. Retrieved on 2014-06-01.
- 1987–88 WCHA Standings
- 1987–88 NCAA Standings
- 2013–14 Colorado College Tigers Media Guide
- 2013–14 Denver Pioneers Media Guide[dead link]
- 2013–14 Minnesota Golden Gophers Media Guide
- 2012–13 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs Media Guide
- 2013–14 North Dakota Hockey Media Guide
- 2006–07 Northern Michigan Wildcats Media Guide
- 2003–04 Wisconsin Badgers Media Guide
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|Conference||CCHA - ECAC - Hockey East - WCHA|