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|1996 CCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament|
|Dates||March 8–16, 1996|
|Finals site|| Joe Louis Arena|
|Champions||Michigan (2nd title)|
|Winning coach||Red Berenson (2nd title)|
|MVP||John Madden (Michigan)|
| CCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournaments
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.
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.
Note: GP = Games Played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; PTS = Points; GF = Goals For; GA = Goals Against
|Lake Superior State†||30||22||6||2||46||136||89||40||30||8||2||184||109|
† indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
Final rankings: USA Today/American Hockey Magazine Coaches Poll Top 10 Poll
|1||Lake Superior State||4*||8||–||1||Lake Superior State||7|
|8||Ohio State||3||2||–||5||Bowling Green||0|
|7||Miami||1||0||–||1||Lake Superior State||3|
|5||Bowling Green||8||3||–||3||Michigan State||2|
Note: * denotes overtime period(s)
(1) Lake Superior State vs. (8) Ohio StateEdit
|Lake Superior State||4 – 3||OT||Ohio State||Taffy Abel Arena|
|Lake Superior State||8 – 2||Ohio State||Taffy Abel Arena|
|Lake Superior State won series 2–0|
(2) Michigan vs. (7) MiamiEdit
|Michigan||5 – 1||Miami||Yost Ice Arena|
|Michigan||3 – 0||Miami||Yost Ice Arena|
|Michigan won series 2–0|
(3) Michigan State vs. (6) Ferris StateEdit
|Michigan State||3 – 2||OT||Ferris State||Munn Ice Arena|
|Michigan State||1 – 5||Ferris State||Munn Ice Arena|
|Michigan State||3 – 1||Ferris State||Munn Ice Arena|
|Michigan State won series 2–1|
(4) Western Michigan vs. (5) Bowling GreenEdit
|Western Michigan||1 – 8||Bowling Green||Lawson Arena|
|Western Michigan||1 – 3||Bowling Green||Lawson Arena|
|Bowling Green won series 2–0|
(1) Lake Superior State vs. (5) Bowling GreenEdit
|March 14||Lake Superior State||7 – 0||Bowling Green||Joe Louis Arena|
(2) Michigan vs. (3) Michigan StateEdit
|March 14||Michigan||6 – 2||Michigan State||Joe Louis Arena|
(1) Lake Superior State vs. (2) MichiganEdit
|March 16||Lake Superior State||3 – 4||Michigan||Joe Louis Arena|
- 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)
- ↑ "Michigan Men's Team History". Retrieved on 2014-04-23.
- ↑ "Red Berenson Year-by-Year Coaching Record". Retrieved on 2014-04-23.
- ↑ "CCHA Tournament MVP", eliteprospects.com. Retrieved on 2014-04-23.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 "2012-13 CCHA Media Guide", ISSUU.com. Retrieved on 2014-04-23.
- ↑ "CCHA Awards", College Hockey Historical Archive. Retrieved on 2014-04-23.
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