1990 NCAA Division I Men's
Ice Hockey Tournament
Season 1989–90
Teams 12
Finals Site Joe Louis Arena
Detroit, MI
Champions Wisconsin ( title)
Runner-Up Colgate ( title game)
Semifinalists Boston College ( Frozen Four)
Boston University ( Frozen Four)
NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournaments
← 1989  1991 →

The 1990 NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Tournament was the culmination of the 1989–90 season in men's ice hockey for teams in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The Wisconsin Badgers defeated the Colgate Red Raiders in the championship game, held in Detroit, Michigan on April 1.

This was the first year in which the consolation game was not played since the tournaments premier in 1948.[1]

Boston University's 30 goals scored during the tournament is the highest ever for a single team. The Terriers also played the most NCAA tournament games in one year (7).

Qualifying teams[2]Edit

The NCAA permitted 12 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 8 teams. The NCAA permitted one Independent team to participate in the tournament and placed it in the East Regional with the intent to insert an additional independent in the West Regional the following season. As a result, the two western conferences (CCHA and WCHA) would split four open spots as opposed to the East's three.

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 26–11–1 Tournament champion 17th 1989 1 Michigan State CCHA 36–5–3 Tournament champion 12th 1989
2 Colgate ECAC Hockey 28–5–1 Tournament champion 2nd 1981 2 Wisconsin WCHA 32–9–1 Tournament champion 11th 1989
3 Maine Hockey East 31–9–2 At-large bid 4th 1989 3 Lake Superior State CCHA 31–8–3 At-large bid 4th 1989
4 Boston University Hockey East 21–14–2 At-large bid 16th 1986 4 Minnesota WCHA 25–14–2 At-large bid 17th 1989
5 Clarkson ECAC Hockey 21–9–3 At-large bid 10th 1984 5 North Dakota WCHA 27–11–4 At-large bid 12th 1987
6 Alaska-Anchorage Independent 21–9–2 At-large bid 1st Never 6 Bowling Green CCHA 25–15–2 At-large bid 9th 1989


The tournament featured four rounds of play. The three odd-number ranked teams from one region were placed into a bracket with the three even-number ranked teams of the other region. The teams were then seeded according to their ranking with the top two teams in each bracket receiving byes into the quarterfinals. In the first round the third and sixth seeds and the fourth and fifth seeds played best-of-three series to determine which school advanced to the Quarterfinals with the winners of the 4 vs. 5 series playing the first seed and the winner of the 3 vs. 6 series playing the second seed. In the Quarterfinals the matches were best-of-three series once more with the victors advancing to the National 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.

Tournament BracketEdit

  First Round
March 16–18
March 23–25
Frozen Four
March 30
National Championship
April 1
  E1  Boston College 4 1 6  
  W4  Minnesota 2 2 1  
W4  Minnesota 6 5  
E5  Clarkson 1 1
  E1  Boston College 1  
  W2  Wisconsin 2  
  W2  Wisconsin 7 4*
  E3  Maine 3 3  
E3  Maine 8 5  
W6  Bowling Green 4 2
  W2  Wisconsin 7
  E2  Colgate 3
  W1  Michigan State 6 3 3  
  E4  Boston University 3 5 5  
E4  Boston University 5 5 5  
W5  North Dakota 8 3 0
  E4  Boston University 2
  E2  Colgate 3  
  E2  Colgate 3 2
  W3  Lake Superior State 2 1  
W3  Lake Superior State 6 10  
E6  Alaska-Anchorage 2 3

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

First RoundEdit

(E3) Maine vs. (W6) Bowling GreenEdit

Maine won series 2–0

(E4) Boston University vs. (W5) North DakotaEdit

Boston University won series 2–1

(W3) Lake Superior State vs. (E6) Alaska-AnchorageEdit

Lake Superior State won series 2–0

(W4) Minnesota vs. (E5) ClarksonEdit

Minnesota won series 2–0


(E1) Boston College vs. (W4) MinnesotaEdit

Boston College won series 2–1

(E2) Colgate vs. (W3) Lake Superior StateEdit

Colgate won series 2–0

(W1) Michigan State vs. (E4) Boston UniversityEdit

Boston University won series 2–1

(W2) Wisconsin vs. (E3) MaineEdit

Wisconsin won series 2–0

Frozen FourEdit

National SemifinalEdit

(E1) Boston College vs. (W2) WisconsinEdit

(E2) Colgate vs. (E4) Boston UniversityEdit

National ChampionshipEdit

(W2) Wisconsin vs. (E2) ColgateEdit

All-Tournament Team[4]Edit

* Most Outstanding Player(s)[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. NCAA Frozen Four Records. Retrieved on 2016-06-04.
  2. "NCAA Division 1 Tournament", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on 2013-06-19. Archived from the original on 2013-06-21. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "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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