1996 NCAA Division I Men's
Ice Hockey Tournament
Season 1995–96
Teams 12
Finals Site Riverfront Coliseum
Cincinnati, Ohio
Champions University of Michigan ( title)
Runner-Up Colorado College ( title game)
Semifinalists Boston University ( Frozen Four)
University of Vermont ( Frozen Four)
MOP Brendan Morrison Michigan
NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournaments
← 1995  1997 →

The 1996 NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Tournament involved 12 schools playing in single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college ice hockey. It began on March 22, 1996, and ended with the championship game on March 30. A total of 11 games were played. The top two seeds in each region received a bye into the tournament quarterfinals.

The University of Michigan, coached by Red Berenson, won the national championship with a 3–2 victory over Colorado College in overtime in front of 12,957 fans.

Qualifying teams[1][edit | edit source]

The at-large bids and seeding for each team in the tournament were announced after the conference tournaments concluded. The Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) had four teams receive a berth in the tournament, the ECAC and Hockey East each had three teams receive a berth in the tournament, while the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) had two berths.

East Regional – Albany West Regional – East Lansing
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid
1 Boston University Hockey East 29–6–3 At-large bid 22nd 1995 1 Colorado College WCHA 31–4–4 At-large bid 10th 1995
2 Vermont ECAC 26–6–4 At-large bid 2nd 1988 2 Michigan CCHA 30–7–2 Tournament champion 19th 1995
3 Lake Superior State CCHA 29–7–2 At-large bid 10th 1995 3 Minnesota WCHA 29–9–2 Tournament champion 23rd 1995
4 Western Michigan CCHA 26–11–3 At-large bid 3rd 1994 4 Massachusetts-Lowell Hockey East 25–9–4 At-large bid 3rd 1994
5 Clarkson ECAC 24–9–3 At-large bid 15th 1995 5 Michigan State CCHA 28–12–1 At-large bid 16th 1995
6 Providence Hockey East 21–14–3 Tournament champion 8th 1991 6 Cornell ECAC 21–8–4 Tournament champion 11th 1991

Game locations[edit | edit source]

Tournament bracket[edit | edit source]

  Regional Quarterfinals
March 22–23
Regional Semifinals
March 23–24
Frozen Four
March 28
National Championship
March 30
                                     
        
  E1  Boston University 3  
    E5  Clarkson 2  
E4  Western Michigan 1
E5  Clarkson 6  
  E1  Boston University 0  
  W2  Michigan 4  
        
        
  W2  Michigan 4
    W3  Minnesota 3  
W3  Minnesota 5
W6  Providence 1  
  W2  Michigan 3*
  W1  Colorado College 2
        
        
  E2  Vermont 2
    E3  Lake Superior State 1  
E3  Lake Superior State 5
E6  Cornell 4  
  E2  Vermont 3
  W1  Colorado College 4**  
        
        
  W1  Colorado College 5
    W4  UMass-Lowell 3  
W4  UMass-Lowell 6
W5  Michigan State 2

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

Regional Quarterfinals[edit | edit source]

East Regional[edit | edit source]

(3) Lake Superior State vs. (6) Cornell[edit | edit source]


(4) Western Michigan vs. (5) Clarkson[edit | edit source]


West Regional[edit | edit source]

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


(4) Massachusetts-Lowell vs. (5) Michigan State[edit | edit source]


Regional Semifinals[edit | edit source]

East Regional[edit | edit source]

(1) Boston University vs. (5) Clarkson[edit | edit source]


(2) Vermont vs. (3) Lake Superior State[edit | edit source]


West Regional[edit | edit source]

(1) Colorado College vs. (4) Massachusetts-Lowell[edit | edit source]


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


Frozen Four[edit | edit source]

National Semifinal[edit | edit source]

(E1) Boston University vs. (W2) Michigan[edit | edit source]


(E2) Vermont vs. (W1) Colorado College[edit | edit source]


National Championship[edit | edit source]

(W2) Michigan vs. (W1) Colorado College[edit | edit source]


All-Tournament Team[3][edit | edit source]

* Most Outstanding Player(s)[4]

Record by conference[edit | edit source]

Conference # of Bids Record Win % Regional Semifinals Frozen Four Championship Game Champions
CCHA 4 4-3 .571 2 1 1 1
ECAC 3 2-3 .400 2 1 - -
Hockey East 3 2-3 .400 2 1 - -
WCHA 2 3-2 .600 2 1 1 -

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "NCAA Division 1 Tournament", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on 2013-06-19. Archived from the original on June 21, 2013. 
  2. "Michigan State 2013-14 Hockey History", Michigan State Spartans. Retrieved on 2017-02-11. 
  3. "NCAA Frozen Four Records", NCAA.org. Retrieved on 2013-06-19. Archived from the original on June 22, 2013. 
  4. "NCAA Division I Awards", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on 2013-07-17. 
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