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This is the 1996-97 Central Collegiate Hockey Association season.  This was the league's twenty-sixth season.

Membership changesEdit

  • The Univerisity of Illinois-Chicago ended its men's varsity ice hockey program.

StandingsEdit

Team                      GP  W  L T  P  GF  GA
Michigan Wolverines       27 21  3 3 46 151  64
Miami Redskins            27 19  7 1 39 112  79
Michigan State Spartans   27 16  7 4 36  99  76
Lake Superior Lakers      27 15  8 4 34 106  98
Bowling Green Falcons     27 10 12 5 25 100 104
Western Michigan Broncos  27 10 12 5 25  94  99 
Ohio State Buckeyes       27  9 16 2 20  95 132
Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks  27  8 18 1 17  92 126
Ferris State Bulldogs     27  7 18 2 16  83 121
Notre Dame Fighting Irish 27  6 20 1 13  73 106

Conference TournamentEdit

First Round (best of three)Edit

  • Michigan defeated Alaska-Fairbanks two games to none (8-1, 11-0)
  • Miami defeated Ohio State two games to none (4-1, 4-2)
  • Michigan State defeated Western Michigan two games to none (4-1, 3-1)
  • Bowling Green defeated Lake Superior two games to none (5-3, 8-4)

SemifinalsEdit

  • Michigan defeated Bowling Green 7 to 2
  • Michigan State defeated Miami 4 to 3

FinalEdit

  • Michigan defeated Michigan State 3 to 1

NCAA TournamentEdit

Michigan

  • defeated Minnesota 7 to 4 in the West Regional semifinals
  • lost to Boston University 3 to 2 in the West Regional finals

Michigan State

  • lost to Minnesota 6 to 3 in the West Regional quarterfinals

Miami

  • lost to Cornell 4 to 2 in the West regional quarterfinals

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