The 2002 WCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was the 43rd conference playoff in league history and 49th season where a WCHA champion was crowned. The 2002 tournament was played between March 8 and March 16, 2002 at five conference arenas and the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, the home of the NHL's Minnesota Wild. By winning the tournament, Denver was awarded the Broadmoor Trophy and received the Western Collegiate Hockey Association's automatic bid to the 2002 NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Tournament.

Format[edit | edit source]

The first round of the postseason tournament featured a best-of-three games format. All ten conference schools participated in the tournament with teams seeded No. 1 through No. 10 according to their final conference standing, with a tiebreaker system used to seed teams with an identical number of points accumulated. The top five seeded teams each earned home ice and hosted one of the lower seeded teams.

The winners of the first round series advanced to the Xcel Energy Center for the WCHA Final Five, the collective name for the quarterfinal, semifinal, and championship rounds. The Final Five uses a single-elimination format. Teams were re-seeded No. 1 through No. 5 according to the final regular season conference standings, with the top three teams automatically advancing to the semifinals.

Conference Standings[edit | edit source]

Note: GP = Games Played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; PTS = Points; GF = Goals For; GA = Goals Against

Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
#5 Denver†* 28 21 6 1 43 108 63 41 32 8 1 158 86
#10 St. Cloud State 28 19 7 2 40 117 65 42 29 11 2 179 99
#1 Minnesota 28 18 7 3 39 113 84 44 32 8 4 197 119
#7 Colorado College 28 16 10 2 34 95 74 43 27 13 3 147 97
Wisconsin 28 12 13 3 27 88 90 39 16 19 4 123 120
Alaska-Anchorage 28 10 14 4 24 79 96 36 12 19 5 99 125
Minnesota State-Mankato 28 11 15 2 24 84 107 38 16 20 2 124 138
North Dakota 28 11 15 2 24 103 100 37 16 19 2 134 136
Minnesota-Duluth 28 6 19 3 15 72 112 40 13 24 3 119 153
Michigan Tech 28 4 22 2 10 66 134 38 8 28 2 92 177
Championship: Denver
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
Final rankings: USA Today/American Hockey Magazine Poll Top 15 Poll

Bracket[edit | edit source]

Teams are reseeded after the first round

  First round[2]
March 8–9
Quarterfinal[3]
March 14
Semifinals
March 15
Championship
March 16
                                         
  1  Denver 5 8   1  Denver 3  
10  Michigan Tech 1 1 4  Colorado College 3*     4  Colorado College 0  
  5  Wisconsin 2  
  2  St. Cloud State 5* 6
9  Minnesota-Duluth 4 3
  3  Minnesota 7 4*     1  Denver 5
8  North Dakota 4 3     3  Minnesota 2
  4  Colorado College 6 1
7  Alaska-Anchorage 1 0
Third place
  5  Wisconsin 3* 7 2  St. Cloud State 1
6  Minnesota State-Mankato 2 3 3  Minnesota 4   2  St. Cloud State 1
4  Colorado College 2


Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

First Round[edit | edit source]

(1) Denver vs. (10) Michigan Tech[edit | edit source]

Denver won series 2–0


(2) St. Cloud State vs. (9) Minnesota-Duluth[edit | edit source]

St. Cloud State won series 2–0


(3) Minnesota vs. (8) North Dakota[edit | edit source]

Minnesota won series 2–0


(4) Minnesota State vs. (7) Alaska-Anchorage[edit | edit source]

Colorado College won series 2–0


(5) Wisconsin vs. (6) Minnesota State-Mankato[edit | edit source]

Wisconsin won series 2–0


Quarterfinal[edit | edit source]

(4) Colorado College vs. (5) Wisconsin[edit | edit source]


Semifinals[edit | edit source]

(1) Denver vs. (4) Colorado College[edit | edit source]


(2) St. Cloud State vs. (3) Minnesota[edit | edit source]


Third Place[edit | edit source]

(2) St. Cloud State vs. (4) Colorado College[edit | edit source]


Championship[edit | edit source]

(1) Denver vs. (3) Minnesota[edit | edit source]


Tournament awards[edit | edit source]

All-Tournament Team[17][edit | edit source]

* Most Valuable Player(s)

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Denver Men's Team History". Retrieved on 2013-06-13. 
  2. "WCHA men's Hockey 2001-02 Week 24", USCHO.com, 2002-03-09. Retrieved on 2013-06-13. 
  3. "WCHA men's Hockey 2001-02 Week 25", USCHO.com, 2002-03-16. Retrieved on 2013-06-13. 
  4. "Denver 5, Michigan Tech 1", USCHO.com, 2002-03-08. Retrieved on 2013-06-13. 
  5. "Denver 8, Michigan Tech 1", USCHO.com, 2002-03-09. Retrieved on 2013-06-13. 
  6. "St. Cloud State 5, Minnesota-Duluth 4", USCHO.com, 2002-03-08. Retrieved on 2013-06-13. 
  7. "St. Cloud State 6, Minnesota-Duluth 3", USCHO.com, 2002-03-09. Retrieved on 2013-06-13. 
  8. "Minnesota 7, North Dakota 2", USCHO.com, 2002-03-08. Retrieved on 2013-06-13. 
  9. "Minnesota 4, North Dakota 3", USCHO.com, 2002-03-09. Retrieved on 2013-06-13. 
  10. "Colorado College 6, Alaska-Anchorage 1", USCHO.com, 2002-03-08. Retrieved on 2013-06-13. 
  11. "Colorado College 1, Alaska-Anchorage 0", USCHO.com, 2002-03-09. Retrieved on 2013-06-13. 
  12. "Colorado College 3, Wisconsin 2", USCHO.com, 2002-03-14. Retrieved on 2013-06-13. 
  13. "North Dakota 3, Colorado College 0", USCHO.com, 2002-03-15. Retrieved on 2013-06-13. 
  14. "Minnesota 4, St. Cloud State 1", USCHO.com, 2002-03-15. Retrieved on 2013-06-13. 
  15. "Colorado College 5, St. Cloud State 4", USCHO.com, 2002-03-16. Retrieved on 2013-06-13. 
  16. "Denver 5, Minnesota 2", USCHO.com, 2002-03-16. Retrieved on 2013-06-13. 
  17. "2009-10 WCHA Yearbook 129-144", WCHA. Retrieved on 2014-06-01. 

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