1984 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament

The 1984 NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Tournament was the culmination of the 1983–84 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey season, the 37th such tournament in NCAA history. It was held between March 16 and 24, 1984, and concluded with Bowling Green defeating Minnesota-Duluth 5-4 in quadruple overtime. All Quarterfinals matchups were held at home team venues, while all succeeding games were played at the 1980 Olympic Arena in Lake Placid, New York.

1984 NCAA Men's Division I
Ice Hockey Tournament
Finals site
ChampionsBowling Green Falcons (1st title)
Runner-upMinnesota-Duluth Bulldogs (1st title game)
Winning coachJerry York (1st title)
MOPGary Kruzich Bowling Green

As of 2018 the final game is the longest match to determine a champion in NCAA history.

Qualifying teams[1]

The NCAA permitted 8 teams to qualify for the tournament and divided its qualifiers into two regions (East and West). Each of the tournament champions from the three Division I conferences (CCHA, ECAC and WCHA) received automatic invitations into the tournament with At-large bids making up the remaining 5 teams, an additional 2 western and 3 eastern schools.

East West
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid
1 Rensselaer ECAC Hockey 30–6–0 Tournament champion 5th 1964 1 Michigan State CCHA 32–10–0 Tournament champion 6th 1983
2 Boston University ECAC Hockey 27–10–0 At-large bid 14th 1978 2 Minnesota–Duluth WCHA 27–10–2 Tournament champion 2nd 1983
3 Clarkson ECAC Hockey 20–10–2 At-large bid 9th 1982 3 Bowling Green CCHA 31–7–2 At-large bid 5th 1982
4 Boston College ECAC Hockey 26–11–0 At-large bid 12th 1978 4 North Dakota WCHA 28–11–2 At-large bid 10th 1982


The tournament featured three rounds of play. The two odd-number ranked teams from one region were placed into a bracket with the two even-number ranked teams of the other region. The teams were then seeded according to their ranking. In the Quarterfinals the first and fourth seeds and the second and third seeds played two-game aggregate series to determine which school advanced to the Semifinals. Beginning with the Semifinals all games were played at the 1980 Olympic Arena and all series became Single-game eliminations. The winning teams in the semifinals advanced to the National Championship Game with the losers playing in a Third Place game.

Tournament Bracket[2]

March 16–18
March 22–23
National Championship
March 24
E1 Rensselaer 4 2 6  
W4 North Dakota 5 4 9  
  W4 North Dakota 1  
  W2 Minnesota–Duluth 2*  
W2 Minnesota–Duluth 6 3 9
E3 Clarkson 2 6 8  
  W2 Minnesota–Duluth 4
  W3 Bowling Green 5****
W1 Michigan State 6 7 13  
E4 Boston College 2 6 8  
  W1 Michigan State 1 Third Place Game
  W3 Bowling Green 2  
E2 Boston University 6 1 7 W1 Michigan State 5
W3 Bowling Green 3 5* 8   W4 North Dakota 6*

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)


(E1) Rensselaer vs. (W4) North Dakota

North Dakota won series 9–6

(E2) Boston University vs. (W3) Bowling Green

Bowling Green won series 8–7

(W1) Michigan State vs. (E4) Boston College

Michigan State won series 13–8

(W2) Minnesota–Duluth vs. (E3) Clarkson

Minnesota–Duluth won series 9–8


(W2) Minnesota–Duluth vs. (W4) North Dakota

(W1) Michigan State vs. (W3) Bowling Green

Third Place Game

(W1) Michigan State vs. (W4) North Dakota

National Championship

(W2) Minnesota–Duluth vs. (W3) Bowling Green[4]

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st BG Garry Galley Braun and O'Brien 5:58 1–0 BG
UMD Mark Baron Lakso 6:18 1–1
2nd UMD Bill WatsonPP Kurvers and Lakso 33:35 2–1 UMD
3rd UMD Bob Lakso Christensen and Watson 40:47 3–1 UMD
BG Jamie WansbroughPP Galley and Ellett 44:41 3–2 UMD
UMD Tom Herzig Baron and Johnson 51:51 4–2 UMD
BG Peter Wilson Pikul and Kane 52:42 4–3 UMD
BG John Samanski W. Wilson and Roll 58:23 4–4
4th Overtime BG Gino CavalliniGW Kane 97:11 5–4 BG

All-Tournament Team[5]

* Most Outstanding Player(s)[6]


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