1996 CCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament

The 1996 CCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was the 25th CCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament. It was played between March 8 and March 16, 1996. Opening round games were played at campus sites, while all 'final four' games were played at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. By winning the tournament, Michigan received the Central Collegiate Hockey Association's automatic bid to the 1996 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.

Format

The tournament featured three rounds of play. The three teams that finish below eighth place in the standings were not eligible for postseason play. In the quarterfinals, the first and eighth seeds, the second and seventh seeds, the third seed and sixth seeds and the fourth seed and fifth seeds played a best-of-three series, with the winners advancing to the semifinals. In the semifinals, the remaining highest and lowest seeds and second highest and second lowest seeds play a single-game, with the winners advancing to the finals. The tournament champion receives an automatic bid to the 1996 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.

Conference Standings[4]

Note: GP = Games Played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; PTS = Points; GF = Goals For; GA = Goals Against

Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Lake Superior State3022624613689403082184109
Michigan†*302262461787143347223993
Michigan State30227145115864228131154129
Western Michigan30216345125714127113172111
Bowling Green3018111371261064126141172138
Ferris State3010173231011203813223126196
Miami30917422991423610224119168
Ohio State3081752182105341019594118
Alaska-Fairbanks308220161011423410231114152
Notre Dame3062041687136369234110159
Illinois-Chicago306231137315536924397177
Championship: Michigan
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
Final rankings: USA Today/American Hockey Magazine Coaches Poll Top 10 Poll

Bracket

  Quarterfinals
March 8–10
Semifinals
March 14
Championship
March 16
                               
  1 Lake Superior State 4* 8 1 Lake Superior State 7  
8 Ohio State 3 2 5 Bowling Green 0  
  2 Michigan 5 3
7 Miami 1 0     1 Lake Superior State 3
  2 Michigan 4
  3 Michigan State 3* 3 3
6 Ferris State 2 5 1
  4 Western Michigan 1 1 2 Michigan 6
5 Bowling Green 8 3 3 Michigan State 2  

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

Quarterfinals

(1) Lake Superior State vs. (8) Ohio State

Lake Superior State won series 2–0

(2) Michigan vs. (7) Miami

Michigan won series 2–0

(3) Michigan State vs. (6) Ferris State

Michigan State won series 2–1

(4) Western Michigan vs. (5) Bowling Green

Bowling Green won series 2–0

Semifinals

(1) Lake Superior State vs. (5) Bowling Green

(2) Michigan vs. (3) Michigan State

Championship

(1) Lake Superior State vs. (2) Michigan

Tournament awards

All-Tournament Team[4]

  • F Bobby Hayes (Michigan)
  • F Gerald Tallaire (Lake Superior State)
  • F John Madden* (Michigan)
  • D Keith Aldridge (Lake Superior State)
  • D Harold Schock (Michigan)
  • G John Grahame (Lake Superior State)

* Most Valuable Player(s)[5]

References

  1. "Michigan Men's Team History". Retrieved 2014-04-23.
  2. "Red Berenson Year-by-Year Coaching Record". Retrieved 2014-04-23.
  3. "CCHA Tournament MVP". eliteprospects.com. Retrieved 2014-04-23.
  4. "2012-13 CCHA Media Guide". ISSUU.com. Retrieved 2014-04-23.
  5. "CCHA Awards". College Hockey Historical Archive. Retrieved 2014-04-23.
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