This is a list of seasons completed by the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers men's ice hockey team. The list documents the season-by-season records of the Golden Gophers from 1921 to present, including postseason records, and league awards for individual players or head coaches.
Minnesota has won five NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Championships (1974, 1976, 1979, 2002, 2003) and been the runner-up six times (1953, 1954, 1971, 1975, 1981, 1989). The team also shared the 1929 National Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship with Yale and won the 1940 AAU-sponsored national championship for amateur hockey. In their 89-year history, they have played over 2650 games and have an all-time winning percentage of .630. The Gophers have made thirty-two NCAA postseason appearances since tournament play began in 1948. Their nineteen Frozen Four appearances are bettered by three teams: the University of Michigan (twenty-three), Boston University (twenty-one), and Boston College (twenty-one). Minnesota is also one of only four teams to win consecutive national titles (the others being Boston University, Denver University, and the University of Michigan). The Golden Gophers have been named the WCHA's regular season champion twelve times and its tournament champion fourteen times.
- The Wins, Losses, and Ties columns list regular season and postseason results.
|AAU Champions (1931–1948)||NCAA D-I Champions (1948–present)||NCAA Frozen Four (1948–present)||Conference Regular Season Champions||Conference Playoff Champions|
|Season||League||Conference||Overall Record||National Tournament Results||Awards|
|I.D. MacDonald (1921 — 1922)|
|Emil Iverson (1922 — 1930)|
|Frank Pond (1930 — 1935)|
|Larry Armstrong (1935 — 1947)|
|1938–39||–||–||–||23||17||6||0||Won in AAU Quarterfinals, 10–1 (Philadelphia)
Won in AAU Semifinals, 3–2 (St. Nicholas)
Lost in AAU Championship, 3–4 (Cleveland)
|1939–40||–||–||–||18||18||0||0||Won in AAU Semifinals, 9–4 (Amesbury)
Won AAU Championship, 9–1 (Brock Hall)
|John Mariucci (All-American)|
Harold Paulsen (All-American)
|Doc Romnes (1947 — 1952)|
|1950–51||NCAA||–||–||26||14||12||0||Gordon Watters (All-American)|
|1951–52||NCAA||MCHL||5th||26||13||13||0||Lawrence Ross (All-American)|
|John Mariucci (1952 — 1955)|
|1952–53||NCAA||MCHL||1st||29||23||6||0||Won in NCAA Semifinals, 3–2 (Rensselaer)
Lost in NCAA D-I Championship, 3–7 (Michigan)
|John Mariucci (COTY)|
|1953–54||NCAA||WIHL||T-1st||30||23||6||1||Won in NCAA Semifinals, 14–1 (Boston College)
Lost in NCAA D-I Championship, 4–5 (OT) (Rensselaer)
|Richard Dougherty (All-American)|
James Mattson (All-American)
John Mayasich (All-American)
Ken Yackel, Sr. (All-American)
|1954–55||NCAA||WIHL||3rd||30||16||12||2||John Mayasich (All-American)|
|Marsh Ryman (1955 — 1956)|
|John Mariucci (1956 — 1966)|
|1957–58||NCAA||WIHL||4th||27||16||11||0||Richard Burg (All-American)|
Jack McCartan (All-American)
|1958–59||NCAA||||–||24||12||10||2||Murray Williamson (All-American)|
|Big Ten ||2nd||8||4||3||1|
|1960–61||NCAA||WCHA||2nd||29||17||11||1||Lost in NCAA Semifinals, 1–6 (Denver)
Won NCAA Third Place, 4–3 (Rensselaer)
|1962–63||NCAA||WCHA||4th||27||16||7||4||Lou Nanne (All-American, WCHA MVP)|
|1963–64||NCAA||WCHA||3rd||25||14||11||0||Craig Falkman (All-American)|
|1964–65||NCAA||WCHA||3rd||28||14||12||2||Doug Woog (All-American)|
|1965–66||NCAA||WCHA||T-2nd||27||16||11||0||Gary Gambucci (WCHA ROTY)|
|Glen Sonmor (1966 — 1971)|
|1967–68||NCAA||WCHA||5th||31||19||12||0||Gary Gambucci (All-American)|
Murray McLachlan (WCHA ROTY)
|1968–69||NCAA||WCHA||5th||29||13||13||3||Murray McLachlan(All-American, WCHA MVP)|
|1969–70||NCAA||WCHA||1st||33||21||12||0||Murray McLachlan (All-American, WCHA MVP)|
Wally Olds (All-American)
Glen Sonmor (WCHA COTY)
|1970–71||NCAA||WCHA||5th||33||14||17||2||Won in NCAA Semifinals, 6–5 (Harvard)
Lost in NCAA D-I Championship, 2–4 (Boston University)
|Glen Sonmor / Ken Yackel, Sr. (1971 — 1972)|
|Herb Brooks (1972 — 1979)|
|1973–74||NCAA||WCHA||2nd||39||22||11||6||Won in NCAA Semifinals, 5–4 (Boston University)
Won NCAA D-I Championship (1), 4–2 (Michigan Tech)
|Herb Brooks (WCHA COTY)|
|1974–75||NCAA||WCHA||1st||42||31||10||1||Won in NCAA Semifinals, 6–4 (Harvard)
Lost in NCAA D-I Championship, 1–6 (Michigan Tech)
|Les Auge (All-American)|
Mike Polich (All-American, WCHA MVP)
|1975–76||NCAA||WCHA||3rd||44||28||14||2||Won in NCAA Semifinals, 4–2 (Boston University)
Won NCAA D-I Championship (2), 6–4 (Michigan Tech)
|1978–79||NCAA||WCHA||2nd||44||32||11||1||Won in NCAA Quarterfinals, 3–6 (Bowling Green)
Won in NCAA Semifinals, 4–3 (New Hampshire)
Won NCAA D-I Championship (3), 4–3 (North Dakota)
|William Baker (All-American)|
|Brad Buetow (1979 — 1985)|
|1979–80||NCAA||WCHA||2nd||41||26||15||0||Lost in NCAA Quarterfinals, 3–4 (Northern Michigan)||Tim Harrer (All-American, WCHA MVP)|
Brad Buetow (WCHA COTY)
Aaron Broten (WCHA FOTY)
|1980–81||NCAA||WCHA||1st||45||33||12||0||Won in NCAA Quarterfinals, 9–4, 5–4 (Colgate)
Won in NCAA Semifinals, 7–2 (Michigan Tech)
Lost in NCAA D-I Championship, 3–6 (Wisconsin)
|Neal Broten (Hobey Baker, All-American)|
Steven Ulseth (All-American, WCHA MVP)
|1982–83||NCAA||WCHA||1st||45||32||12||1||Won in NCAA Quarterfinals, 9–6, 7–2 (New Hampshire)
Lost in NCAA Semifinals, 3–5 (Harvard)
Lost in NCAA Third Place, 3–4 (Providence)
|1984–85||NCAA||WCHA||2nd||47||31||13||3||Lost in NCAA Quarterfinals, 7–5, 1–4, (Boston College)||Pat Micheletti (All-American)|
|Doug Woog (1985 — 1999)|
|1985–86||NCAA||WCHA||2nd||48||35||13||0||Won in NCAA Quarterfinals, 6–4, 5–3 (Boston University)
Lost in NCAA Semifinals, 4–6 (Michigan State)
Won NCAA Third Place, 6–4 (Denver)
|1986–87||NCAA||WCHA||2nd||49||34||14||1||Won in NCAA Quarterfinals, 4–1, 2–3 (Boston College)
Lost in NCAA Semifinals, 3–5 (Michigan State)
Won NCAA Third Place, 6–3 (Harvard)
|1987–88||NCAA||WCHA||1st||44||34||10||0||Won in NCAA Quarterfinals, 4–2, 4–3 (Michigan State)
Lost in NCAA Semifinals, 2–3 (St. Lawrence)
Lost in NCAA Third Place, 2–5 (Maine)
|Robb Stauber (Hobey Baker, All-American, WCHA MVP, WCHA GOTY)|
|1988–89||NCAA||WCHA||1st||48||34||11||3||Won in NCAA Quarterfinals, 4–2, 4–2 (Wisconsin)
Won in NCAA Semifinals, 7–4 (Maine)
Lost in NCAA D-I Championship, 3–4 (OT) (Harvard)
|Robb Stauber (WCHA GOTY)|
|1989–90||NCAA||WCHA||2nd||46||28||16||2||Won in NCAA First Round, 6–1, 5–1 (Clarkson)
Lost in NCAA Quarterfinals, 2–4, 2–1, 1–6 (Boston College)
|Doug Woog (WCHA COTY)|
|1990–91||NCAA||WCHA||2nd||45||30||10||5||Won in NCAA First Round, 3–4, 8–4, 8–3 (Providence)
Lost in NCAA Quarterfinals, 0–4, 3–5 (Maine)
|1991–92||NCAA||WCHA||1st||44||33||11||0||Lost in NCAA Quarterfinals, 3–8 (Lake Superior St.)||Darby Hendrickson (WCHA ROTY)|
|1992–93||NCAA||WCHA||T-2nd||42||22||12||8||Won in NCAA First Round, 2–1 (Clarkson)
Lost in NCAA Quarterfinals, 2–6 (Maine)
|1993–94||NCAA||WCHA||2nd||42||25||13||4||Won in NCAA Quarterfinals, 2–1 (2OT) (UMass-Lowell)
Lost in NCAA Semifinals, 1–4 (Boston University)
|1994–95||NCAA||WCHA||4th||44||25||14||5||Won in NCAA First Round, 3–0 (Rensselaer)
Won in NCAA Quarterfinals, 5–2 (Colorado College)
Lost in NCAA Semifinals, 3–7 (Boston University)
|Brian Bonin (All-American, WCHA POTY) |
Mike Crowley (WCHA ROTY)
|1995–96||NCAA||WCHA||2nd||42||30||10||2||Won in NCAA First Round, 5–1 (Providence)
Lost in NCAA Quarterfinals, 3–4 (Michigan)
|Brian Bonin (Hobey Baker, All-American, WCHA POTY)|
Mike Crowley (All-American)
|1996–97||NCAA||WCHA||T-1st||42||28||13||1||Won in NCAA First Round, 6–3 (Michigan State)
Lost in NCAA Quarterfinals, 4–7 (Michigan)
|Mike Crowley (All-American, WCHA POTY)|
|Don Lucia (1999 — present)|
|2000–01||NCAA||WCHA||3rd||42||27||13||2||Lost in NCAA Quarterfinals, 4–5 (OT) (Maine)||Jordan Leopold (WCHA DPOTY)|
|2001–02||NCAA||WCHA||3rd||44||32||8||4||Won in NCAA Quarterfinals, 4–2 (Colorado College)
Won in NCAA Semifinals, 3–2 (Michigan)
Won NCAA D-I Championship (4), 4–3 (OT) (Maine)
|Jordan Leopold (Hobey Baker, All-American, WCHA DPOTY)|
John Pohl (All-American)
|2002–03||NCAA||WCHA||T-2nd||45||28||8||9||Won in NCAA First Round, 9–2 (Mercyhurst)
Won in NCAA Quarterfinals, 7–4 (Ferris State)
Won in NCAA Semifinals, 3–2 (OT) (Michigan)
Won NCAA D-I Championship (5), 5–1 (New Hampshire)
|Thomas Vanek (WCHA ROTY)|
|2003–04||NCAA||WCHA||T-4th||44||27||14||3||Won in NCAA First Round, 5–2 (Notre Dame)
Lost in NCAA Quarterfinals, 1–3 (Minnesota-Duluth)
|Keith Ballard (All-American)|
|2004–05||NCAA||WCHA||T-3rd||44||28||15||1||Won in NCAA First Round, 1–0 (OT) (Maine)
Won in NCAA Quarterfinals, 2–1 (OT) (Cornell)
Lost in NCAA Semifinals, 2–4 (North Dakota)
|2005–06||NCAA||WCHA||1st||41||27||9||5||Lost in NCAA First Round, 3–4 (OT) (Holy Cross)||Ryan Potulny (All-American)|
Phil Kessel (WCHA ROTY)
Don Lucia (WCHA COTY)
|2006–07||NCAA||WCHA||1st||44||31||10||3||Won in NCAA First Round, 4–3 (Air Force)
Lost in NCAA Quarterfinals, 2–3 (OT) (North Dakota)
|Alex Goligoski (All-American, WCHA DPOTY)|
|2007–08||NCAA||WCHA||7th||45||19||17||9||Lost in NCAA First Round, 2–5 (Boston College)|
|2008–09||NCAA||WCHA||5th||37||17||13||7||Ryan Stoa (All-American)|
Jordan Schroeder (WCHA ROTY)
|Totals||2689||1611||914||164||(includes regular season and postseason results); 5 NCAA Division I Championships|
Footnotes[edit | edit source]
- Code explanation; GP—Games Played, W—Wins, L—Losses, T—Tied games
- Code explanation; All-American—First Team All-American, COTY—Coach of the Year, MVP—Most Valuable Player, FOTY—Rookie of the Year, FOTY—Freshman of the Year, GOTY—Goaltender of the Year, POTY—Player of the Year, DPOTY—Defensive Player of the Year
- The American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) has selected All-American teams by a formal vote since the 1958–59 season. Prior to 1958, All-Americans were named by coaches.
- Minnesota, along with Colorado College, Denver, Michigan, Michigan State, Michigan Tech, and North Dakota, founded the Midwest Collegiate Hockey League in 1951.
- The NCAA Division I Coach of the Year is selected by the American Hockey Coaches Association and presented with the Spencer T. Penrose Award.
- The MCHL changed its name to the Western Intercollegiate Hockey League prior to the start of the 1953–54 season.
- John Mariucci took a one-year leave of absence during the 1955–1956 season to serve as head coach of the U.S. men's hockey team that won the silver medal at the 1956 Winter Olympics. Marsh Ryman served as interim coach during this time.
- Prior to the 1958–59 season, Minnesota (along with Michigan, Michigan State and Michigan Tech) withdrew from the WIHL due to a disagreement over recruiting practices. The seven original members of the MCHL founded the Western Collegiate Hockey Association the following season.
- From 1959 to 1981, Big Ten standings were determined by regular season WCHA games between Michigan, Michigan State and Minnesota. Ohio State, a non-WCHA member, played two games against Wisconsin in 1969, two against Michigan State in 1971 and two against Minnesota in 1981.
- The Denver Post administered the Western Collegiate Hockey Association's MVP award from 1960 to 1981. Since 1981, the league's coaches, players, sports information directors and media have selected the award winner through a balloting process. The MVP award was changed to WCHA Player of the Year in 1992.
- Because freshmen were not allowed to play in the WCHA from 1959–60 through 1969–70, the Rookie of the Year award went to the top sophomore. In 1970, the award was renamed the Freshman of the Year and given to the top first-year player. In 1990, the name of the award was changed back to Rookie of the Year.
- In December 1971, Glen Sonmor left the Gophers to become the general manager and head coach for the Minnesota Fighting Saints of the World Hockey Association. Ken Yackel, Sr. served as interim coach for the remaining of the 1971–72 season.
- Starting with the 1984–85 season, an interlocking schedule with Hockey East was used. Under this arrangement, interconference games counted in conference standings for five seasons.
- Doug Woog was suspended for two games during the 1996–1997 season for concealing an illegal payment to a former player after his scholarship ended. During this time, assistant head coach Mike Guentzel served as the team's head coach.
- The WCHA Goaltender of the Year Award was awarded for only two seasons, 1987–88 and 1988–89.
References[edit | edit source]
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