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2003 NCAA Division I Men's
Ice Hockey Tournament
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2003 Frozen Four logo
Season 2002–03
Teams 16
Finals Site HSBC Arena
Buffalo, New York
Champions Minnesota (5th title, 11th title game,
18th Frozen Four)
Runner-Up New Hampshire (2nd title game,
7th Frozen Four)
Semifinalists Cornell (7th Frozen Four)
Michigan (22nd Frozen Four)
Winning Coach Don Lucia (2nd title)
MOP Thomas Vanek Minnesota
NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournaments
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The 2003 NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Tournament involved 16 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college ice hockey. It began on March 28, 2003, and ended with the championship game on April 12. A total of 15 games were played.

The University of Minnesota, coached by Don Lucia, won their fifth NCAA title (7th overall) with a 5-1 victory in the final game over the University of New Hampshire, coached by Dick Umile.

Minnesota forward Thomas Vanek was named the Frozen Four's Most Outstanding Player.

Qualifying teams[1]Edit

The at-large bids and seeding for each team in the tournament was announced on March 23, 2003.[2] The Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) had five teams receive a berth in the tournament, Hockey East had four teams receive a berth in the tournament, the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) had three teams receive a berth in the tournament, the ECAC had two berths, while both the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) and College Hockey America (CHA) received one bid for their tournament champions.

East Regional – Providence Midwest Regional – Ann Arbor
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid
1 Cornell (1) ECAC 28–4–1 Tournament champion 14th 2002 1 Colorado College (2) WCHA 29–6–5 At-large bid 16th 2002
2 Boston College Hockey East 23–10–4 At-large bid 23rd 2001 2 Maine Hockey East 24–9–5 At-large bid 13th 2002
3 Ohio State CCHA 24–12–5 At-large bid 3rd 1999 3 Michigan CCHA 28–9–3 Tournament champion 26th 2002
4 Minnesota State-Mankato WCHA 20–10–10 At-large bid 1st Never 4 Wayne State CHA 21–16–2 Tournament champion 1st Never
Northeast Regional – Worcester West Regional – Minneapolis
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid
1 New Hampshire (3) Hockey East 25–7–6 Tournament champion 13th 2002 1 Minnesota (4) WCHA 24–8–9 Tournament champion 27th 2002
2 Boston University Hockey East 24–13–3 At-large bid 27th 2002 2 Ferris State CCHA 30–10–1 At-large bid 1st Never
3 Harvard ECAC 22–9–2 At-large bid 18th 2002 3 North Dakota WCHA 26–11–5 At-large bid 18th 2001
4 St. Cloud State WCHA 17–15–5 At-large bid 5th 2002 4 Mercyhurst MAAC 22–12–2 Tournament champion 2nd 2001

Number in parentheses denotes overall seed in the tournament.

Game locationsEdit

First round and regional finalsEdit

Frozen FourEdit

Tournament BracketEdit

  Regional Semifinals
March 28–29
Regional Finals
March 29–30
National Semifinals
April 10
National Championship
April 12
                                     
1  Cornell (1) 5  
4  Minnesota State 2  
  1  Cornell 2**  
  2  Boston College 1  
2  Boston College 1
3  Ohio State 0  
  E1  Cornell 2  
  N1  New Hampshire 3  
1  New Hampshire (3) 5  
4  St. Cloud State 2  
  1  New Hampshire 3
  2  Boston University 0  
2  Boston University 6
3  Harvard 4  
  N1  New Hampshire 1
  W1  Minnesota 5
1  Colorado College (2) 4  
4  Wayne State 2  
  1  Colorado College 3
  3  Michigan 5  
2  Maine 1
3  Michigan 2  
  M3  Michigan 2
  W1  Minnesota 3*  
1  Minnesota (4) 9  
4  Mercyhurst 2  
  1  Minnesota 7
  2  Ferris State 4  
2  Ferris State 5
3  North Dakota 2  

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

Regional Semifinals[3]Edit

East RegionalEdit

(1) Cornell vs. (4) Minnesota State-MankatoEdit


(2) Boston College vs. (3) Ohio StateEdit


Midwest RegionalEdit

(1) Colorado College vs. (4) Wayne StateEdit


(2) Maine vs. (3) MichiganEdit


Northeast RegionalEdit

(1) New Hampshire vs. (4) St. Cloud StateEdit


(2) Boston University vs. (3) HarvardEdit


West RegionalEdit

(1) Minnesota vs. (4) MercyhurstEdit


(2) Ferris State vs. (3) North DakotaEdit


Regional FinalsEdit

East RegionalEdit

(1) Cornell vs. (2) Boston CollegeEdit


Midwest RegionalEdit

(1) Colorado College vs. (3) MichiganEdit


Northeast RegionalEdit

(1) New Hampshire vs. (2) Boston UniversityEdit


West RegionalEdit

(1) Minnesota vs. (2) Ferris StateEdit


Frozen Four[16]Edit

National SemifinalEdit

(E1) Cornell vs. (NE1) New HampshireEdit


(W1) Minnesota vs. (MW3) MichiganEdit


National ChampionshipEdit

(W1) Minnesota vs. (NE1) New HampshireEdit


All-Tournament Team[20]Edit

* Most Outstanding Player(s)[21]

Record by conferenceEdit

Conference # of Bids Record Win % Regional Finals Frozen Four Championship Game Champions
WCHA 5 5-4 .556 2 1 1 1
Hockey East 4 5-4 .556 3 1 1 -
CCHA 3 3-3 .500 2 1 - -
ECAC 2 2-2 .500 1 1 - -
MAAC 1 0-1 .000 - - - -
CHA 1 0-1 .000 - - - -

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. "NCAA Division 1 Tournament", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on 2013-06-16. 
  2. "Cornell, CC, Minnesota, UNH Get Top Seeds", USCHO.com. Retrieved on 2013-06-16. 
  3. "Men's Division I Hockey 2002-2003 Schedule and Results — Week 27", USCHO.com, 2003-03-30. Retrieved on 2013-06-16. 
  4. "NCAA East Regional", Inside College Hockey, 2003-03-29. Retrieved on 2013-06-21. Archived from the original on 2013-07-03. 
  5. "Boston College 1, Ohio State 0", USCHO.com, 2003-03-29. Retrieved on 2013-06-16. 
  6. "Colorado College 4, Wayne State 2", USCHO.com, 2003-03-29. Retrieved on 2013-06-16. 
  7. "Michigan 2, Maine 1", USCHO.com, 2003-03-29. Retrieved on 2013-06-16. 
  8. "New Hampshire 5, St. Cloud State 2", USCHO.com, 2003-03-28. Retrieved on 2013-06-16. 
  9. "Boston University 6, Harvard 4", USCHO.com, 2003-03-28. Retrieved on 2013-06-16. 
  10. "Minnesota 9, Mercyhurst 2", USCHO.com, 2003-03-28. Retrieved on 2013-06-16. 
  11. "Ferris State 5, North Dakota 2", USCHO.com, 2003-03-28. Retrieved on 2013-06-16. 
  12. "Cornell 2, Boston College 1", USCHO.com, 2003-03-30. Retrieved on 2013-06-16. 
  13. "Michigan 5, Colorado College 3", USCHO.com, 2003-03-30. Retrieved on 2013-06-16. 
  14. "New Hampshire 3, Boston University 0", USCHO.com, 2003-03-29. Retrieved on 2013-06-16. 
  15. "Minnesota 7, Ferris State 4", USCHO.com, 2003-03-29. Retrieved on 2013-06-16. 
  16. "Men's Division I Hockey 2002–2003 Schedule and Results — Week 29", USCHO.com, 2003-04-12. Retrieved on 2013-06-16. 
  17. "Maine 3, Cornell 2", USCHO.com, 2003-04-10. Retrieved on 2013-06-16. 
  18. "Minnesota 3, Michigan 2", USCHO.com, 2003-04-10. Retrieved on 2013-06-16. 
  19. "Minnesota 5, New Hampshire 1", USCHO.com, 2002-04-12. Retrieved on 2013-06-16. 
  20. "NCAA Frozen Four Records", NCAA.org. Retrieved on 2013-06-19. Archived from the original on 2013-06-22. 
  21. "NCAA Division I Awards", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on 2013-07-17. 
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