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1997 NCAA Division I Men's
Ice Hockey Tournament
Season 1996–97
Teams 12
Finals Site Bradley Center
Milwaukee
Champions North Dakota Fighting Sioux (6th title, 9th title game,
12th Frozen Four)
Runner-Up Boston University Terriers (9th title game,
20th Frozen Four)
Semifinalists Colorado College Tigers (9th Frozen Four)
Michigan Wolverines (18th Frozen Four)
Winning Coach Dean Blais (1st title)
MOP Matt Henderson North Dakota
Attendance 84,728
NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournaments
← 1996  1998 →

The 1997 NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Tournament involved 12 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college ice hockey. It began on March 21, 1997, and ended with the championship game on March 29. A total of 11 games were played.

Qualifying teams[1]Edit

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

East Regional – Worcester West Regional – Grand Rapids
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid
1 Clarkson ECAC 27–9–0 At-large bid 16th 1996 1 Michigan CCHA 34–3–4 Tournament champion 20th 1996
2 Boston University Hockey East 24–8–6 Tournament champion 23rd 1996 2 North Dakota WCHA 28–10–2 Tournament champion 13th 1990
3 Vermont ECAC 22–10–3 At-large bid 3rd 1996 3 Miami CCHA 27–11–1 At-large bid 2nd 1993
4 New Hampshire Hockey East 28–10–0 At-large bid 8th 1995 4 Minnesota WCHA 27–12–1 At-large bid 24th 1996
5 Colorado College WCHA 23–14–4 At-large bid 11th 1996 5 Michigan State CCHA 23–12–4 At-large bid 17th 1996
6 Denver WCHA 23–12–4 At-large bid 14th 1995 6 Cornell ECAC 20–8–4 Tournament champion 12th 1996

Game locationsEdit

BracketsEdit

RegionalsEdit

  Regional Quarterfinals
March 21–22
    Regional Semifinals
March 22–23
    Frozen Four
                           
  East Regional     E1 Clarkson 4  
  E4 New Hampshire 2     E5 Colorado College 5    
  E5 Colorado College 3              
           
  West Regional     W2 North Dakota 6    
  W3 Miami 2     W6 Cornell 2  
  W6 Cornell 4  
  Regional Quarterfinals
March 21–22
    Regional Semifinals
March 22–23
    Frozen Four
                           
  East Regional     E2 Boston University 4*  
  E3 Vermont 3     E6 Denver 3    
  E6 Denver 6              
           
  West Regional     W1 Michigan 7    
  W4 Minnesota 6     W4 Minnesota 4  
  W5 Michigan State 3  


Frozen FourEdit

  National Semifinals
March 27
National Championship
March 29
                 
E5 Colorado College 2  
W2 North Dakota 6  
    W2 North Dakota 6
  E2 Boston University 4
E2 Boston University 3
W1 Michigan 2  

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

Regional QuarterfinalsEdit

East RegionalEdit

(3) Vermont vs. (6) DenverEdit


(4) New Hampshire vs. (5) Colorado CollegeEdit


West RegionalEdit

(3) Miami vs. (6) CornellEdit


(4) Minnesota vs. (5) Michigan StateEdit


Regional SemifinalsEdit

East RegionalEdit

(1) Clarkson vs. (5) Colorado CollegeEdit


(2) Boston University vs. (6) DenverEdit


West RegionalEdit

(1) Michigan vs. (4) MinnesotaEdit


(2) North Dakota vs. (6) CornellEdit


Frozen FourEdit

National SemifinalEdit

(E5) Colorado College vs. (W2) North DakotaEdit


(E2) Boston University vs. (W1) MichiganEdit


National ChampionshipEdit

(W2) North Dakota vs. (E2) Boston UniversityEdit



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
WCHA 4 7-3 .700 4 2 1 1
CCHA 3 1-3 .250 1 1
ECAC 3 1-3 .250 2 - - -
Hockey East 2 2-2 .500 1 1 1 -

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. "NCAA Division 1 Tournament", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on 2013-06-19. Archived from the original on 2013-06-21. 
  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 2013-06-22. 
  4. "NCAA Division I Awards", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on 2013-07-17. 
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