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2002 NCAA Division I Men's
Ice Hockey Tournament
2002 Frozen Four logo
Season 2001–02
Teams 12
Finals Site Xcel Energy Center
St. Paul, Minnesota
Champions Minnesota (4th title, 10th title game,
17th Frozen Four)
Runner-Up Maine (4th title game,
11th Frozen Four)
Semifinalists Michigan (21st Frozen Four)
New Hampshire (7th Frozen Four)
Winning Coach Don Lucia (1st title)
MOP Grant Potulny Minnesota
Attendance 94,135
NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournaments
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The 2002 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.

The final event was played at Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minnesota. The University of Minnesota, coached by Don Lucia, won its first NCAA title since 1979 by defeating the University of Maine, coached by Tim Whitehead, 4-3, in overtime on April 6. Matt Koalska tied the game with 53 seconds remaining in regulation with Minnesota goaltender Adam Hauser pulled for an extra attacker. Grant Potulny then won it on his power-play goal at 16:58 of the extra session, giving the Golden Gophers their fourth NCAA championship (6th overall). Minnesota senior forward John Pohl assisted on both the tying and winning goals in his final game in a Gophers uniform.

Minnesota advanced to the finals with a 3-2 semifinal win over Michigan on April 4, after Maine had bested Hockey East rival New Hampshire by a 7-2 score in the other semifinal.


  • Minnesota
  • Maine
  • Cornell
  • Quinnipiac
  • New Hampshire
  • Harvard
  • Boston University
  • Michigan State
  • Colorado College
  • Michigan
  • St.Cloud State
  • Denver


East Regional – Worcester, MassachusettsEdit

First Round National Quarterfinals
E4 Cornell 3
E4 Cornell 6 E1 New Hampshire 4
E5 Quinnipiac 1

First Round National Quarterfinals
E3 Maine 4
E3 Maine 4* E2 Boston University 3
E6 Harvard 3

West Regional – Ann Arbor, MichiganEdit

First Round National Quarterfinals
W6 Colorado College 2
W3 Michigan State 0 W2 Minnesota 4
W6 Colorado College 2

First Round National Quarterfinals
W4 Michigan 5
W4 Michigan 4 W1 Denver 3
W5 St.Cloud State 2

Frozen Four – St. Paul, MinnesotaEdit

For more detailed information see 2002 Frozen Four

National Semifinals

April 4

National Championship

April 6

E1 New Hampshire 2
E3 Maine 7
E3 Maine 3
W2 Minnesota 4*
W2 Minnesota 3
W4 Michigan 2
  • Overtime
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