|1997 Hockey East Men's Ice Hockey Tournament|
|Dates||March 6–15, 1997|
|Finals site|| Fleet Center|
|Champions||Boston University (5th title)|
|Winning coach||Jack Parker (5th title)|
|MVP||Michel Larocque (Boston University)|
| Hockey East Men's Ice Hockey Tournaments
The 1997 Hockey East Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was the 13th Tournament in the history of the conference. It was played between March 6 and March 15, 1997. Quarterfinal games were played at home team campus sites, while the final four games were played at the Fleet Center in Boston, Massachusetts, the home venue of the NHL's Boston Bruins. By winning the tournament, Boston University received the Hockey East's automatic bid to the 1997 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 1997 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
|Championship: Boston University|
† indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
^ Maine was ineligible for the post season due to NCAA investigations
Final rankings: USA Today/American Hockey Magazine Coaches Poll Top 10 Poll
Teams are reseeded after the quarterfinals
|1||Boston University||6||7||—||1||Boston University||3|
|5||Boston College||7||5||—||5||Boston College||0||5||Boston College||2*|
Note: * denotes overtime period(s)
(1) Boston University vs. (8) NortheasternEdit
|March 7||Boston University||6 – 2||Northeastern||Walter Brown Arena|
|March 8||Boston University||7 – 1||Northeastern||Walter Brown Arena|
|Boston University won series 2–0|
(2) New Hampshire vs. (7) MassachusettsEdit
|March 7||New Hampshire||5 – 1||Massachusetts||Whittemore Center|
|March 8||New Hampshire||8 – 2||Massachusetts||Whittemore Center|
|New Hampshire won series 2–0|
(3) Providence vs. (6) Massachusetts-LowellEdit
|March 7||Providence||2 – 6||Massachusetts-Lowell||Schneider Arena|
|March 8||Providence||5 – 6||Massachusetts-Lowell||Schneider Arena|
|Massachusetts-Lowell won series 2–0|
(4) Merrimack vs. (5) Boston CollegeEdit
|March 6||Merrimack||6 – 7||Boston College||Lawler Arena|
|March 7||Merrimack||3 – 5||Boston College||Lawler Arena|
|Boston College won series 2–0|
(1) Boston University vs. (6) Massachusetts-LowellEdit
|March 14||Boston University||3 – 2||Massachusetts-Lowell||Fleet Center|
(2) New Hampshire vs. (5) Boston CollegeEdit
|March 14||New Hampshire||4 – 0||Boston College||Fleet Center|
(5) Boston College vs. (6) Massachusetts-LowellEdit
|March 15||Boston College||2 – 2||OT||Massachusetts-Lowell||Fleet Center|
(1) Boston University vs. (2) New HampshireEdit
|March 15||Boston University||4 – 2||New Hampshire||Fleet Center|
- F Shawn Bates (Boston University)
- F Chris Bell (Massachusetts-Lowell)
- F Mark Mowers (New Hampshire)
- D Shane Johnson (Boston University)
- D Chris Kelleher (Boston University)
- G Michel Larocque* (Boston University)
- ↑ "Boston University Men's Team History". Retrieved on 2014-05-19.
- ↑ "Jack Parker 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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