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1986 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament

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The 1986 NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Tournament involved 8 schools playing in a 2-game series followed by single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college ice hockey. It began on March 21, 1986, and ended with the championship game on March 29. A total of 12 games were played. The quarterfinal round consisted of a 2-game series with the winner being the team scoring the most goals.

Michigan State University, coached by Ron Mason, won the national championship with a 6-5 victory over Harvard University in front of 8,341 fans.

Game locationsEdit


  • Campus sites
    • Walter Brown Arena, Boston, MA
    • Munn Ice Arena, East Lansing, MI
    • DU Arena, Denver, CO
    • Bright Hockey Center, Cambridge, MA

Frozen FourEdit

  • Providence Civic Center, Providence, RI


East RegionalEdit

Seed Team Conference Coach
1 Boston University Hockey East Jack Parker
2 Michigan State University CCHA Ron Mason
3 Boston College Hockey East Len Ceglarski
4 University of Minnesota WCHA Doug Woog

West RegionalEdit

Seed Team Conference Coach
1 University of Denver WCHA Ralph Backstrom
2 Harvard University ECAC Bill Cleary
3 Western Michigan University CCHA Bill Wilkinson
4 Cornell University ECAC Lou Reycroft


East RegionalEdit

Seed Team Gm 1 Gm 2 Total
1 Boston 4 3 7
4 Minnesota 6 5 11
Seed Team Gm 1 Gm 2 Total
2 Michigan St 6 4 10
3 Boston College 4 2 6

West RegionalEdit

Seed Team Gm 1 Gm 2 Total
1 Denver 4 3 7
4 Cornell 2 4 6
Seed Team Gm 1 Gm 2 Total
2 Harvard 4 7 11
3 Western Michigan 2 2 4

Frozen FourEdit

For more detailed information see 1986 Frozen Four


March 27-28

National Championship

March 29

E4 Minnesota 4
E2 Michigan St 6
E2 Michigan St 6
W2 Harvard 5
W1 Denver 2
W2 Harvard 5

Consolation Game: Minnesota 6, Denver 4

Quick factsEdit

  • The total championship attendance was 57,826
  • Lane MacDonald (4 G, 7 A) of Harvard and Mitch Messier (5 G, 6 A) of Michigan St each tallied 11 points in the tournament, most by any players
  • The following records were set or tied:
    • Most Assists, Individual, Game - 5, Kevin Miller, Michigan St, first round, game 1, tied
    • Shots on Goal, Both Teams, Period - 40, Minnesota (23) vs Michigan St (17), semifinals, second period, 5 goals

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