2009 NCAA Division I Men's
Ice Hockey Tournament
2009 Frozen Four logo
Season 2008–09
Teams 16
Finals Site Verizon Center
Washington, D.C.
Champions Boston University (5th title, 10th title game,
21st Frozen Four)
Runner-Up Miami (OH) (1st title game,
1st Frozen Four)
Semifinalists Bemidji State (1st Frozen Four)
Vermont (2nd Frozen Four)
Winning Coach Jack Parker (3rd title)
MOP Colby Cohen Boston University
NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournaments
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The 2009 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 as the culmination of the 2008–09 season. The tournament began on March 27, 2009, and ended with the championship game on April 11.[1]

Boston University, coached by Jack Parker, won its fifth national title (and first since 1995) with a 4–3 overtime victory in the championship game over Miami University, coached by Enrico Blasi. The game marked the thirteenth time the NCAA championship game has gone to overtime and the first since Minnesota's win over Maine in 2002.

Colby Cohen, sophomore defenseman for Boston University, scored the championship-winning goal in overtime and was named the Frozen Four's Most Outstanding Player.[2]

Tournament procedureEdit

The 2009 NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Championship was a single-elimination tournament featuring 16 teams representing all six Division I conferences in the nation. The Championship Committee seeded the entire field from 1 to 16 within four regionals of 4 teams. The winners of the six Division I conference championships received automatic bids to participate in the NCAA Championship.

In setting up the tournament, the Championship Committee sought to ensure "competitive equity, financial success and likelihood of playoff-type atmosphere at each regional site." A team serving as the host of a regional was placed within that regional. The top four teams were assigned overall seeds and placed within the bracket such that the national semifinals would feature the No. 1 seed versus the No. 4 seed and the No. 2 seed versus the No. 3 seed had the top four teams have won their respective regional finals. Number 1 seeds were also placed as close to their home site as possible, with the No. 1 seed receiving first preference. Conference matchups were avoided in the first round; should five or more teams from one conference have made the tournament, this guideline may have been disregarded in favor of preserving the bracket's integrity.[3]

The four regionals were officially named after their geographic areas. The following were the sites for the 2009 regionals:[1]

March 27 and 28
East Regional, Arena at Harbor Yard - Bridgeport, Connecticut (Hosts: Yale University and Fairfield University)
West Regional, Mariucci Arena - Minneapolis, Minnesota (Host: University of Minnesota)
March 28 and 29
Midwest Regional, Van Andel Arena - Grand Rapids, Michigan (Hosts: Central Collegiate Hockey Association and Western Michigan University)
Northeast Regional, Verizon Wireless Arena - Manchester, New Hampshire (Host: University of New Hampshire)

Each regional winner advanced to the Frozen Four:[1]

April 9 and 11
Verizon Center - Washington, D.C. (Hosts: United States Naval Academy and the Greater Washington Sports Alliance)

Qualifying teamsEdit

The at-large bids and seeding for each team in the tournament were announced on March 22, 2009.[4] The Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) and Hockey East each had four teams receive a berth in the tournament, while ECAC Hockey and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) each had three teams receive a berth, and Atlantic Hockey and College Hockey America (CHA) each had one team receive a berth.

East Regional – Bridgeport Northeast Regional – Manchester
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Seed School Conference Record Berth type
1 Michigan CCHA 29–11–0 At-large bid 1 Boston University Hockey East 31–6–4 Tournament champion
2 Yale ECAC Hockey 24–7–2 Tournament champion 2 North Dakota WCHA 24–14–4 At-large bid
3 Vermont Hockey East 20–11–5 At-large bid 3 New Hampshire Hockey East 19–12–5 At-large bid
4 Air Force Atlantic Hockey 27–10–2 Tournament champion 4 Ohio State CCHA 23–14–4 At-large bid
West Regional – Minneapolis Midwest Regional – Grand Rapids
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Seed School Conference Record Berth type
1 Denver WCHA 23–11–5 At-large bid 1 Notre Dame CCHA 31–5–3 Tournament champion
2 Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 21–12–8 Tournament champion 2 Northeastern Hockey East 25–11–4 At-large bid
3 Princeton ECAC Hockey 22–11–1 At-large bid 3 Cornell ECAC Hockey 21–9–4 At-large bid
4 Miami (OH) CCHA 20–12–5 At-large bid 4 Bemidji State CHA 18–15–1 Tournament champion


The number in parentheses denotes overall seed in the tournament.
(*) denotes overtime period(s).

East Regional – Bridgeport, ConnecticutEdit

  Regional semifinals
March 27
Regional final
March 28
1 Michigan (4) 0  
4 Air Force 2  
    4 Air Force 2
  3 Vermont 3**
3 Vermont 4
2 Yale 1  

Northeast Regional – Manchester, New HampshireEdit

  Regional semifinals
March 28
Regional final
March 29
1 Boston University (1) 8  
4 Ohio State 3  
    1 Boston University (1) 2
  3 New Hampshire 1
3 New Hampshire 6*
2 North Dakota 5  

West Regional – Minneapolis, MinnesotaEdit

  Regional semifinals
March 27
Regional final
March 28
1 Denver (3) 2  
4 Miami (OH) 4  
    4 Miami (OH) 2
  2 Minnesota-Duluth 1
3 Princeton 4
2 Minnesota-Duluth 5*  

Midwest Regional – Grand Rapids, MichiganEdit

  Regional semifinals
March 28
Regional final
March 29
1 Notre Dame (2) 1  
4 Bemidji State 5  
    4 Bemidji State 4
  3 Cornell 1
3 Cornell 3
2 Northeastern 2  

Frozen Four – Verizon Center, Washington, DCEdit

  National semifinals
April 9
National championship
April 11
NE1 Boston University (1) 5  
E3 Vermont 4  
    NE1 Boston University (1) 4*
  W4 Miami (OH) 3
W4 Miami (OH) 4
MW4 Bemidji State 1  

Game summariesEdit

East RegionalEdit

Regional semifinalsEdit

(1) Michigan vs. (4) Air ForceEdit

(2) Yale vs. (3) VermontEdit

Regional finalEdit

(3) Vermont vs. (4) Air ForceEdit

Northeast RegionalEdit

Regional semifinalsEdit

(1) Boston University vs. (4) Ohio StateEdit

(2) North Dakota vs. (3) New HampshireEdit

Regional finalEdit

(1) Boston University vs. (3) New HampshireEdit

West RegionalEdit

Regional semifinalsEdit

(1) Denver vs. (4) Miami (OH)Edit

(2) Minnesota-Duluth vs. (3) PrincetonEdit

Regional finalEdit

(2) Minnesota-Duluth vs. (4) Miami (OH)Edit

Midwest RegionalEdit

Regional semifinalsEdit

(1) Notre Dame vs. (4) Bemidji StateEdit

(2) Northeastern vs. (3) CornellEdit

Regional finalEdit

(3) Cornell vs. (4) Bemidji StateEdit

Frozen FourEdit

National semifinalsEdit

(NE1) Boston University vs. (E3) VermontEdit

(W4) Miami (OH) vs. (MW4) Bemidji StateEdit

National championshipEdit

(NE1) Boston University vs. (W4) Miami (OH)Edit

Record by conferenceEdit

Conference # of Bids Record Win % Regional Finals Frozen Four Championship Game Champions
CCHA 4 3–4 .429 1 1 1
Hockey East 4 7–3 .700 3 2 1 1
ECAC Hockey 3 1–3 .250 1
WCHA 3 1–3 .250 1
Atlantic Hockey 1 1–1 .500 1
CHA 1 2–1 .667 1 1

Tournament awardsEdit

East RegionalEdit

All-East Regional TeamEdit


Northeast RegionalEdit

All-Northeast Regional TeamEdit


West RegionalEdit

All-West Regional TeamEdit


Midwest RegionalEdit

All-Midwest Regional TeamEdit


Frozen FourEdit

All-Tournament TeamEdit



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