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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

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 locationsEdit

Tournament bracketEdit

  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 QuarterfinalsEdit

East RegionalEdit

(3) Lake Superior State vs. (6) CornellEdit


(4) Western Michigan vs. (5) ClarksonEdit


West RegionalEdit

(3) Minnesota vs. (6) ProvidenceEdit


(4) Massachusetts-Lowell vs. (5) Michigan StateEdit


Regional SemifinalsEdit

East RegionalEdit

(1) Boston University vs. (5) ClarksonEdit


(2) Vermont vs. (3) Lake Superior StateEdit


West RegionalEdit

(1) Colorado College vs. (4) Massachusetts-LowellEdit


(2) Michigan vs. (3) MinnesotaEdit


Frozen FourEdit

National SemifinalEdit

(E1) Boston University vs. (W2) MichiganEdit


(E2) Vermont vs. (W1) Colorado CollegeEdit


National ChampionshipEdit

(W2) Michigan vs. (W1) Colorado CollegeEdit


All-Tournament Team[3]Edit

* Most Outstanding Player(s)[4]

Record by conferenceEdit

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 alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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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