|1996 Hockey East Men's Ice Hockey Tournament|
|Dates||March 7–16, 1996|
|Finals site|| Fleet Center|
|Champions||Providence (2nd title)|
|Winning coach||Paul Pooley (1st title)|
|MVP||Joe Hulbig (Providence)|
| Hockey East Men's Ice Hockey Tournaments
The 1996 Hockey East Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was the 12th Tournament in the history of the conference. It was played between March 7 and March 16, 1996. Quarterfinal games were played at home team campus sites, while the final four games were, for the first time, played at the Fleet Center in Boston, Massachusetts, the home venue of the NHL's Boston Bruins. By winning the tournament, Providence received the Hockey East's automatic bid to the 1996 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.
The tournament featured three rounds of play. The team that finishes ninth in the conference is not eligible for tournament play. In the first round, 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 with the winner advancing to the semifinals. In the semifinals, the highest and lowest seeds and second highest and second lowest seeds play a single-elimination game, with the winners advancing to the championship game and the losers meeting in a third-place game. 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; SW = Shootout Wins; PTS = Points; GF = Goals For; GA = Goals Against
† indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
Final rankings: USA Today/American Hockey Magazine Coaches Poll Top 10 Poll
Teams are reseeded after the quarterfinals
|1||Boston University||5||14||—||1||Boston University||4|
|5||Boston College||2||2||—||3||Maine||5||1||Boston University||7|
Note: * denotes overtime period(s)
(1) Boston University vs. (8) MassachusettsEdit
|March 8||Boston University||5 – 2||Massachusetts||Walter Brown Arena|
|March 9||Boston University||14 – 1||Massachusetts||Walter Brown Arena|
|Boston University won series 2–0|
(2) Massachusetts-Lowell vs. (7) NortheasternEdit
|March 8||Massachusetts-Lowell||7 – 3||Massachusetts||Tully Forum|
|March 9||Massachusetts-Lowell||4 – 3||Massachusetts||Tully Forum|
|Massachusetts-Lowell won series 2–0|
(3) Maine vs. (6) New HampshireEdit
|March 7||Maine||4 – 2||New Hampshire||Alfond Arena|
|March 8||Maine||8 – 4||New Hampshire||Alfond Arena|
|Maine won series 2–0|
(4) Providence vs. (5) Boston CollegeEdit
|March 7||Providence||5 – 2||Boston College||Schneider Arena|
|March 8||Providence||4 – 2||Boston College||Schneider Arena|
|Providence won series 2–0|
(1) Boston University vs. (4) ProvidenceEdit
|March 15||Boston University||4 – 5||Providence||Fleet Center|
(2) Massachusetts-Lowell vs. (3) MaineEdit
|March 15||Massachusetts-Lowell||2 – 5||Maine||Fleet Center|
(1) Boston University vs. (2) Massachusetts-LowellEdit
|March 16||Boston University||7 – 3||Massachusetts-Lowell||Fleet Center|
(3) Maine vs. (4) ProvidenceEdit
|March 16||Maine||2 – 3||Providence||Fleet Center|
- F Joe Hulbig* (Providence)
- F Mike Ornicioli (Providence)
- F Jay Pandolfo (Boston University)
- D Justin Gould (Providence)
- D Jeff Tory (Maine)
- G Dan Dennis (Providence)
- ↑ "Providence Men's Team History". Retrieved on 2014-05-19.
- ↑ "Paul Pooley Year-by-Year Coaching Record". Retrieved on 2014-05-19.
- ↑ "Hockey East Awards", College Hockey Historical Archive. Retrieved on 2014-05-19.
- ↑ "Hockey East Tournament", College Hockey Historical Archive. Retrieved on 2014-05-19.
- ↑ "2013-14 Hockey East Media Guide", Hockey East. Retrieved on 2014-05-19.
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