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1996 NCAA Division I Men's
Ice Hockey Tournament
Season 1995–96
Teams 12
Finals Site Riverfront Coliseum
Cincinnati, Ohio
Champions University of Michigan ( title)
Runner-Up Colorado College ( title game)
Semifinalists Boston University ( Frozen Four)
University of Vermont ( Frozen Four)
MOP Brendan Morrison Michigan
NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournaments
← 1995  1997 →

The 1996 NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Tournament involved 12 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's 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 2 seeds in each region received a bye into the tournament quarterfinals.

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.

Game locationsEdit

  • East Regional - Albany, NY
  • West Regional - Munn Ice Arena, East Lansing, MI
  • Frozen Four - Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, OH


East RegionalEdit

Seed Team Conference Coach
1 Boston University Hockey East Jack Parker
2 University of Vermont ECAC Mike Gilligan
3 Lake Superior State University CCHA Jeff Jackson
4 Western Michigan University CCHA Bill Wilkinson
5 Clarkson University ECAC Mark Morris
6 Providence College Hockey East Paul Pooley

West RegionalEdit

Seed Team Conference Coach
1 Colorado College WCHA Don Lucia
2 University of Michigan CCHA Red Berenson
3 University of Minnesota WCHA Doug Woog
4 University of Massachusetts Lowell Hockey East Bruce Crowder
5 Michigan State University CCHA Ron Mason
6 Cornell University ECAC Mike Schafer



First Round

March 22-23


March 23-24


March 28

East Regional E1 Boston 3
E4 Western Michigan 1 E5 Clarkson 2
E5 Clarkson 6 E1 Boston 0
W2 Michigan 4
West Regional W2 Michigan 4
W3 Minnesota 5 W3 Minnesota 3
W6 Providence 1
First Round

March 22–23


March 23–24


March 28

East Regional E2 Vermont 2
E3 Lake Superior St 5 E3 Lake Superior St 1
E6 Cornell 4 E2 Vermont 3
W1 Colorado College 4
West Regional W1 Colorado College 5
W4 UMass-Lowell 6 W4 UMass-Lowell 3
W5 Michigan St 2

Frozen FourEdit

For more detailed information see 1996 Frozen Four


March 28

National Championship

March 30

E1 Boston 0
W2 Michigan 4
W2 Michigan 3
W1 Colorado College 2
E2 Vermont 3
W1 Colorado College 4
  • Michigan defeated Colorado College overtime
  • Colorado College defeated Vermont in double overtime

Quick factsEdit

  • The total championship attendance was 65,778
  • Brendan Concannon (2 G, 4 A) of UMass-Lowell, Brendan Morrison (2 G, 4 A) of Michigan, and Bill Muckalt (4 G, 2 A) of Michigan each tallied 6 points in the tournament, most by any players
  • The famous lacrosse-style goal by Michigan's Mike Legg was scored in the West Regional game against Minnesota.
  • The game winning goal scored by Colorado College during their semi-final match against Vermont was thrown in by hand but was still ruled as a goal.
  • The following record was set:
    • Fewest Shots on Goal, Both Teams, Period, Championship Game, Excluding Overtime - 8, Colorado College (5) vs. Michigan (3), first period, 1 goal
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