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2004 NCAA Division I Men's
Ice Hockey Tournament
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2004 Frozen Four logo
Season 2003–04
Teams 16
Finals Site FleetCenter
Boston, Massachusetts
Champions Denver (6th title, 8th title game,
12th Frozen Four)
Runner-Up Maine (5th title game,
12th Frozen Four)
Semifinalists Boston College (18th Frozen Four)
Minnesota-Duluth (3rd Frozen Four)
Winning Coach George Gwozdecky (1st title)
MOP Adam Berkhoel Denver
NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournaments
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The 2004 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 26, 2004, and ended with the championship game on April 10. A total of 15 games were played.

The University of Denver, coached by George Gwozdecky, won its sixth national title with a 1-0 victory in the final game over the University of Maine, coached by Tim Whitehead before a record crowd of over 18,000 people at Boston's FleetCenter (now known as the TD Garden). While Denver's Gabe Gauthier scored the game's only goal, the game is best remembered for Denver surviving Maine's six skaters to three skaters advantage in the final 90 seconds of the contest.

Denver goaltender Adam Berkhoel was named the Frozen Four Most Outstanding Player.

Qualifying teams[1]Edit

The at-large bids and seeding for each team in the tournament was announced on March 21, 2004.[2] The Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) and the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) each had five teams receive a berth in the tournament, Hockey East had three teams receive a berth in the tournament, while Atlantic Hockey, College Hockey America (CHA) and the ECAC each received a single bid for their tournament champions.

West Regional – Colorado Springs Northeast Regional – Manchester
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid
1 North Dakota (1) WCHA 29–7–3 At-large bid 19th 2003 1 Boston College (2) Hockey East 27–8–4 At-large bid 24th 2003
2 Denver WCHA 23–12–5 At-large bid 17th 2002 2 Michigan CCHA 26–13–2 At-large bid 27th 2003
3 Miami CCHA 23–13–4 At-large bid 3rd 1997 3 New Hampshire Hockey East 20–14–6 At-large bid 14th 2003
4 Holy Cross Atlantic Hockey 22–9–4 Tournament champion 1st Never 4 Niagara CHA 21–14–3 Tournament champion 2nd 2000
East Regional – Albany Midwest Regional – Grand Rapids
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid
1 Maine (3) Hockey East 30–7–3 Tournament champion 14th 2003 1 Minnesota (4) WCHA 26–13–3 Tournament champion 28th 2003
2 Ohio State CCHA 26–15–0 Tournament champion 4th 2003 2 Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 26–12–4 At-large bid 5th 1993
3 Wisconsin WCHA 21–12–8 At-large bid 20th 2000 3 Michigan State CCHA 23–16–2 At-large bid 23rd 2002
4 Harvard ECAC 18–14–3 Tournament champion 19th 2003 4 Notre Dame CCHA 20–14–4 At-large bid 1st Never

Number in parentheses denotes overall seed in the tournament.

Game locationsEdit

First round and regional finalsEdit

Frozen FourEdit

BracketsEdit

East RegionalEdit

  Regional Semifinals
March 26
Regional Finals
March 27
                 
1 Maine 5  
4 Harvard 4  
    1 Maine 2*
  3 Wisconsin 1
2 Ohio State 0
3 Wisconsin 1*  

Northeast RegionalEdit

  Regional Semifinals
March 27
Regional Finals
March 28
                 
1 Boston College 5  
4 Niagara 2  
    1 Boston College 3*
  2 Michigan 2
2 Michigan 4
3 New Hampshire 1  

Midwest RegionalEdit

  Regional Semifinals
March 27
Regional Finals
March 28
                 
1 Minnesota 5  
4 Notre Dame 2  
    1 Minnesota 1
  2 Minnesota–Duluth 3
2 Minnesota–Duluth 5
3 Michigan State 0  

West RegionalEdit

  Regional Semifinals
March 26
Regional Finals
March 27
                 
1 North Dakota 3  
4 Holy Cross 0  
    1 North Dakota 0
  2 Denver 1
2 Denver 3
3 Miami 2  

Frozen FourEdit

  National Semifinals
April 8
National Championship
April 10
                 
E1 Maine 2  
NE1 Boston College 1  
    E1 Maine 0
  W2 Denver 1
MW2 Minnesota–Duluth 3
W2 Denver 5  

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

Regional Semifinals[3]Edit

East RegionalEdit

(1) Maine vs. (4) HarvardEdit


(2) Ohio State vs. (3) WisconsinEdit


Midwest RegionalEdit

(1) Minnesota vs. (4) Notre DameEdit


(2) Minnesota-Duluth vs. (3) Michigan StateEdit


Northeast RegionalEdit

(1) Boston College vs. (4) NiagaraEdit


(2) Michigan vs. (3) New HampshireEdit


West RegionalEdit

(1) North Dakota vs. (4) Holy CrossEdit


(2) Denver vs. (3) MiamiEdit


Regional FinalsEdit

East RegionalEdit

(1) Maine vs. (3) WisconsinEdit


Midwest RegionalEdit

(1) Minnesota vs. (2) Minnesota-DuluthEdit


Northeast RegionalEdit

(1) Boston College vs. (2) MichiganEdit


West RegionalEdit

(1) North Dakota vs. (2) DenverEdit


Frozen Four[16]Edit

National SemifinalEdit

(E1) Maine vs. (NE1) Boston CollegeEdit


(MW2) Minnesota-Duluth vs. (W2) DenverEdit


National ChampionshipEdit

(E1) Maine vs. (W2) DenverEdit


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 9-4 .692 5 2 1 1
CCHA 5 1-5 .125 1 - - -
Hockey East 3 5-3 .625 2 2 1 -
ECAC 1 0-1 .000 - - - -
Atlantic Hockey 1 0-1 .000 - - - -
CHA 1 0-1 .000 - - - -

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. "NCAA Division 1 Tournament", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on 2013-06-21. Archived from the original on 2013-06-21. 
  2. "Braketology: A Final Analysis", USCHO.com. Retrieved on 2013-06-21. Archived from the original on 2013-07-03. 
  3. "Men's Division I Hockey 2003-2004 Schedule and Results — Week 27", USCHO.com, 2004-03-28. Retrieved on 2013-06-21. Archived from the original on 2013-07-03. 
  4. "Maine 5, Harvard 4", USCHO.com, 2004-03-26. Retrieved on 2013-06-21. 
  5. "Wisconsin 1, Ohio State 0", USCHO.com, 2004-03-26. Retrieved on 2013-06-21. 
  6. "Minnesota 4, Notre Dame 2", USCHO.com, 2004-03-27. Retrieved on 2013-06-21. 
  7. "Minnesota-Duluth 5, Michigan State 0", USCHO.com, 2004-03-27. Retrieved on 2013-06-21. 
  8. "Boston College 5, Niagara 2", USCHO.com, 2004-03-27. Retrieved on 2013-06-21. 
  9. "Michigan 4, New Hampshire 1", USCHO.com, 2004-03-27. Retrieved on 2013-06-21. 
  10. "North Dakota 3, Holy Cross 0", USCHO.com, 2004-03-26. Retrieved on 2013-06-21. 
  11. "Denver 3, Miami 2", USCHO.com, 2004-03-26. Retrieved on 2013-06-21. 
  12. "Maine 2, Wisconsin 1", USCHO.com, 2004-03-27. Retrieved on 2013-06-21. Archived from the original on 2013-07-03. 
  13. "Minnesota-Duluth 3, Minnesota 1", USCHO.com, 2004-03-28. Retrieved on 2013-06-21. 
  14. "Boston College 3, Michigan 2", USCHO.com, 2004-03-28. Retrieved on 2013-06-21. 
  15. "Denver 1, North Dakota 0", USCHO.com, 2004-03-27. Retrieved on 2013-06-21. 
  16. "Men's Division I Hockey 2003-2004 Schedule and Results — Week 29", USCHO.com, 2004-04-10. Retrieved on 2013-06-21. Archived from the original on 2013-07-03. 
  17. "Maine 2, Boston College 1", USCHO.com, 2004-04-08. Retrieved on 2013-06-21. 
  18. "Denver 5, Minnesota-Duluth 3", USCHO.com, 2004-04-08. Retrieved on 2013-06-21. 
  19. "Denver 1, Maine 0", USCHO.com, 2004-04-10. Retrieved on 2013-06-21. 
  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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