1996 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament

The 1996 NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Tournament involved 12 schools playing in single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college ice hockey. It began on March 22, 1996, and ended with the championship game on March 30. A total of 11 games were played. The top two seeds in each region received a bye into the tournament quarterfinals.

1996 NCAA Men's Division I
Ice Hockey Tournament
Finals site
ChampionsMichigan Wolverines (8th title)
Runner-upColorado College Tigers (5th title game)
Winning coachRed Berenson (1st title)
MOPBrendan Morrison Michigan

In the Regional Semifinals, Michigan's Mike Legg scored one of the most memorable goals in tournament history.[1]

The University of Michigan, coached by Red Berenson, won the national championship with a 3–2 victory over Colorado College in overtime in front of 12,957 fans.[2]

Qualifying teams[3]

The at-large bids and seeding for each team in the tournament were announced after the conference tournaments concluded. The Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) had four teams receive a berth in the tournament, the ECAC and Hockey East each had three teams receive a berth in the tournament, while the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) had two berths.

East Regional – Albany West Regional – East Lansing
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid
1 Boston University Hockey East 29–6–3 At-large bid 22nd 1995 1 Colorado College WCHA 31–4–4 At-large bid 10th 1995
2 Vermont ECAC 26–6–4 At-large bid 2nd 1988 2 Michigan CCHA 30–7–2 Tournament champion 19th 1995
3 Lake Superior State CCHA 29–7–2 At-large bid 10th 1995 3 Minnesota WCHA 29–9–2 Tournament champion 23rd 1995
4 Western Michigan CCHA 27–10–3 At-large bid 3rd 1994 4 Massachusetts-Lowell Hockey East 25–9–4 At-large bid 3rd 1994
5 Clarkson ECAC 24–9–3 At-large bid 15th 1995 5 Michigan State CCHA 28–12–1 At-large bid 16th 1995
6 Providence Hockey East 21–14–3 Tournament champion 8th 1991 6 Cornell ECAC 21–8–4 Tournament champion 11th 1991

Game locations

Tournament bracket

  Regional Quarterfinals
March 22–23
Regional Semifinals
March 23–24
Frozen Four
March 28
National Championship
March 30
  E1 Boston University 3  
    E5 Clarkson 2  
E4 Western Michigan 1
E5 Clarkson 6  
  E1 Boston University 0  
  W2 Michigan 4  
  W2 Michigan 4
    W3 Minnesota 3  
W3 Minnesota 5
W6 Providence 1  
  W2 Michigan 3*
  W1 Colorado College 2
  E2 Vermont 2
    E3 Lake Superior State 1  
E3 Lake Superior State 5
E6 Cornell 4  
  E2 Vermont 3
  W1 Colorado College 4**  
  W1 Colorado College 5
    W4 Massachusetts-Lowell 3  
W4 Massachusetts-Lowell 6
W5 Michigan State 2  

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

Regional Quarterfinals

East Regional

(3) Lake Superior State vs. (6) Cornell

(4) Western Michigan vs. (5) Clarkson

West Regional

(3) Minnesota vs. (6) Providence

(4) Massachusetts-Lowell vs. (5) Michigan State

Regional Semifinals

East Regional

(1) Boston University vs. (5) Clarkson

(2) Vermont vs. (3) Lake Superior State

West Regional

(1) Colorado College vs. (4) Massachusetts-Lowell

(2) Michigan vs. (3) Minnesota

Frozen Four

National Semifinal

(E1) Boston University vs. (W2) Michigan

(E2) Vermont vs. (W1) Colorado College

National Championship

(W2) Michigan vs. (W1) Colorado College

Scoring summary[5]
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st UM Bill Muckalt Morrison 11:33 1–0 UM
2nd CC Peter GeronazzoPP Schmidt and Rud 23:52 1–1
CC Colin Schmidt Geronazzo and Remackel 25:37 2–1 CC
3rd UM Mike LeggPP Halko and Schock 46:54 2–2
1st Overtime UM Brendan MorrisonGW Muckalt and Crozier 63:35 3–2 UM

All-Tournament Team[6]

* Most Outstanding Player(s)[7]

Record by conference

Conference # of Bids Record Win % Regional Semifinals Frozen Four Championship Game Champions
CCHA 44-3.5712111
ECAC 32-3.40021--
Hockey East 32-3.40021--
WCHA 23-2.600211-


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  2. "NCAA Division 1 Tournament". College Hockey Historical Archives. Archived from the original on June 21, 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
  3. "Michigan State 2013-14 Hockey History" (PDF). Michigan State Spartans. Retrieved February 11, 2017.
  4. "Michigan Wolverines Team History" (PDF). mgoblue.com. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  5. "NCAA Frozen Four Records" (PDF). NCAA.org. Archived (PDF) from the original on June 22, 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
  6. "NCAA Division I Awards". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
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