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March 25, 2015

2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament – map of the 16 qualifying teams in the 2015 tournament, with 2013-14 attendances, plus all-time Division I ice hockey titles list (including all-time Frozen Four appearances).

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2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament – map of the 16 qualifying teams, with 2013-14 attendances, with chart of all-time D-1 ice hockey titles list (including all-time Frozen Four appearances)



Links…
PreviewsTen things to watch in the NCAA men’s hockey tournament (by Eric Sorenson at espn.go.com).
…From USCHO.com, 16 numbers: A look at some facts and figures on the 2015 NCAA tournament (by Alex Faust at uscho.com).
Qualifying teams/Bracket2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament/Qualifying teams/Tournament bracket (en.wikipedia.org).
Schedule2015 D-I men’s ice hockey NCAA tournament schedule and results (espn.go.com).
Best site for in-game scoresncaa.com/scoreboard/icehockey-men/d1.

    2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament

By Bill Turianski on 25 March 2015; twitter.com/billsportsmaps.com.
#1 seeds, etc
#1 seed this year are the Minnesota State Mavericks, who are from Mankato, MN, which is in the far southern part of the state, where there is more of a plains-state feel to it. Mankato has a metro-area population of only around 98,000 {2013 estimate}, and the Mavericks hockey team plays in a 4,800-capaity arena in the city’s downtown area. Minnesota State wear purple-black-and-yellow. In 1980, the Minnesota State Mavericks men’s ice hockey team won the D-2 title as an Independent (or non-conference-aligned) team. Since 1997-98, they have competed in D-1. The second-ranked #1 seed are the 7-time champions the University of North Dakota, of Grand Forks, ND. The kelly-green-and-black-clad University of North Dakota teams are the only Division I teams in the United States without a nickname (see the article that I linked to, from Slate.com, at the foot of this post, for more on this). The UND hockey team plays in a 12,400-capacity stadium, which is rather large for D-1 college hockey…all the more so because Grand Forks is a pretty small city: it is the 351st-largest city in the USA, with a metro-area of only about 100,000. The third-ranked #1 seed are the red-and-white Boston University Terriers. Boston U., who are 5-time champions (last in 2009), are one of three teams from Boston in the tournament this year – the other two Boston-based teams who qualified are 5-time winners Boston College Eagles and the Harvard Crimson (D-1 champions in 1989). The fourth-ranked #1 seed are the red-and-white-clad Miami RedHawks (aka Miami of Ohio), whose best tournament showing was as the losing finalist in 2009. The RedHawks are from Oxford, OH (population of only around 28,000), which is 31 miles north of Cincinnati. The 2015 D-1 men’s hockey tournament starts at 2 pm ET on Fri. March 27 (see full schedule at the third link in the first paragraph above).

Eight teams are returning from last year’s tournament…Denver, North Dakota, St. Cloud State, Minnesota State, Minnesota, Quinnipiac, Providence, Boston College.
Six teams are making it three-tournaments-in-a-row (since 2013)…Denver, North Dakota, St. Cloud State, Minnesota State, Minnesota, Boston College.
Four teams have a 4-tournament-streak (since 2012)…Denver, North Dakota, Minnesota, Boston College.
Boston College has the third-longest current streak at 6 straight tournaments (since 2010).
Denver has the second-longest current streak at 8 straight tournaments (since 2008).
North Dakota has the longest current streak, with 13 consecutive tournament appearances (since 2003) [but North Dakota has not won the title since 2000].

In this year’s tournament, the team with the all-time least tournament appearances (2 appearances), is a team from my hometown of Rochester, NY – Rochester Institute of Technology. RIT won a D-2 and a D-3 hockey title (in the mid-1980s), and the men’s team has been a D-1 team since 2005-06. The Tigers’ best season was 2010, when they made it to the Frozen Four. The school just built a larger arena for the team, going from a 2,100-seat arena to a 4,300-seat arena, the Gene Polisseni Center, on-campus in Henrietta, NY.

2015 Frozen Four schedule
The Frozen Four will take place 2 weeks later (Thur. Apr.9-Sat. Apr.11th), at the TD Garden (capacity 17,565) in Boston, Massachusetts. Semifinal games on Thursday April 9, and the Final is on Saturday April 11th at 7:30 pm ET.

Last season’s final
Union College won last year’s [2014] Frozen Four, their first D-1 men’s ice hockey title, (but the Dutchmen did not qualify for the 2015 tournament). The final last year was a 7-4 thriller, with Union College (a Division I team since only 1991), beating perennial powerhouse Minnesota, before a sell-out crowd at the Wells Fargo Center, in Philadelphia (attendance: 18,742). The score was 5-4 to Union with about 4 minutes to go, when Union scored two unanswered goals, {see this report + 1-minute highlights video, from the NHL.com site from April 13, 2014, Union beats Minnesota 7-4 to win NCAA hockey title (by Adam Kimelman at nhl.com).

On the map page
In the long horizontal chart at the top-center-right of the map page, the 16 teams in the 2015 tournament are listed by average attendance (2013-14 home regular season attendance), along with conference, location [of arena], arena seated capacity, 2013-14 percent-capacity, Division I men’s ice hockey titles won (with last title noted), Frozen Four appearances (with last one noted), and all-time Division I Tournament appearances (the Minnesota Golden Gophers have the most D-I tournament appearances, with 36).

Teams in the 2015 tournament, by conference
I have shown team-distribution-by-conference in the 6 boxes at the upper-left-hand side of the map page. In each of these 6 Division I men’s ice hockey conferences boxes, the date of conference-establishment is listed along with the number of teams in the conference. Also listed in those 6 boxes are total Divison I men’s ice hockey titles won by conference members (with most recent title-winner noted). Then the teams who made this tournament [2015] are listed. Last season [2014], the conference with the most teams in the tournament was Hockey East, with 5 teams (Hockey East has 3 teams in it this year…Boston College, Boston University, Providence). This season, the conference that has put the most teams in the tournament is the two-year-old National Collegiate Hockey Conference. The NCHC was established in 2013-14, from 6 previous members of the WCHA (Colorado College, Denver, Miami of Ohio, Minnesota-Duluth, Nebraska-Omaha, and North Dakota), and 2 teams that left the now-defunct CCHA (St. Cloud State and Western Michigan). The conference is spread from the north-central Ohio Valley across the Upper Midwest through the Northern Great Plains to the foothills of the Rockies.

Here are the 8 NCHA teams, with the six 2015-tournament-qualifiers shown in bold…
2 teams from Colorado (Denver, Colorado College),
1 team from Nebraska (Omaha),
1 team from North Dakota (North Dakota),
2 teams from Minnesota (Duluth, St. Cloud State),
1 team from Michigan (Western Michigan),
1 team from Ohio (Miami).

The D-I Men’s Hockey Titles & Frozen Four chart
The D-I Men’s Hockey Titles & Frozen Four chart (at the left on the map page) was put together via the two sources linked to below. Michigan has the most D-I titles in men’s hockey, with 9 (but the Wolverines have not won it since 1998); second-most titles is 7 (a tie between Denver [last in 2005] and North Dakota [last in 2000]); third-most titles is 6, won by Wisconsin [last in 2006].

Sources,
For titles in the titles/Frozen Four chart at the far right-hand side of the map page, I used this list, List of NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament champions/Team titles. For all-time Frozen Four appearances I used this list, List of NCAA Men’s Division I Frozen Four appearances by school (en.wikipedia.org at [college hockey]).

Attendances are from NCAA via USCHO.com site, Men’s Division I Hockey Attendance: 2013-2014 (uscho.com). [Note: the excellent USCHO.com is on my blogroll.]

Here is an interesting article on North Dakota’s situation with respect to the hockey team’s former nickname of the Fighting Sioux…
From Slate.com, from Jan 12, 2015, by James I. Bowie, The University of North Dakota Dropped Its Offensive Nickname. How Does the School Replace It?.

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Thanks to
For the blank map of USA, thanks to AMK1211 at File:Blank US Map with borders.svg (commons.wikimedia.org).
Thanks to Two Hearted River at en.wikipedia for several of the team logos (8 jersey illustrations) on the map page [ such as File:WCHA-Uniform-MTU.png ]. These illustrations can be found at many of the D-I teams’ Wikipedia pages, such as Minnesota State Mavericks men’s ice hockey.
Thanks to North Dakota Men’s Hockey facebook page for that logo.
Thanks to Chris Creamer’s SportLogos.net, for several of the logos used on the map and the charts.
Thanks to the contributors at College ice hockey/Division I (en.wikipedia.org).

March 31, 2014

2014 NCAA Men’s Division I Ice Hockey Tournament – the 2014 Frozen Four: Boston College, Minnesota, North Dakota, Union College.

Filed under: Hockey,NCAA, ice hockey — admin @ 11:02 am

2014 NCAA Division I Hockey Tournament Map
from March 27, 2014, ‘2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament – map of the 16 qualifying teams in the 2014 tournament, with 2012-13 attendances‘ (billsportsmaps.com).

From USCHO.com/Frozen Four Blog, from March 30, 2014, by Todd D. Milewski, ‘An early look at the 2014 Frozen Four after Boston College, Minnesota, North Dakota, Union claim spots.

2014 Frozen Four Schedule:
At Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA, capacity 19,537.
Thursday April 10, 5:00 pm, Union College vs. Boston College.
Thursday April 10, 8:30 pm, North Dakota vs. Minnesota.
Saturday April 12, 7:30 pm 2014 Frozen Four Final.

    2014 NCAA Men’s Division I Ice Hockey Tournament – the 2014 Frozen Four: Boston College, Minnesota, North Dakota, Union College

West Regional – March 29 & 30, 2014 at St. Paul, MN: 2014 NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament D-I West Regional winner, Minnesota Golden Gophers.
1st Round: Minnesota 7, Robert Morris 3 /
2nd Round: Minnesota 4, St. Cloud State 0.
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Photo and Image credits -
Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images via KARE11.com/story/sports/college/minnesota/golden-gophers/2014/03/30/minnesota-tops-st-cloud-to-advance-to-frozen-four.
Minnesota gold jersey, photo from sears.com/minnesota-golden-gophers-gold-tackle-twill-college-hockey.

Northeast Regional – March 29 & 30, 2014 at Worcester, MA: 2014 NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament D-I Northeast Regional winner, Boston College Eagles.
1st Round: Boston College 6, Denver 2 /
2nd Round: Boston College 4, UMass-Lowell 3.
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Photo and Image credits -
Photo of BC celebration by Elise Amendola/AP via kansas.com/bc-beats-lowell-to-reach-frozen [Gallery].
Boston College gold jersey, photo from fansedge.com/Boston_College_Eagles.





East Regional – March 28 & 29, 2014 at Bridgeport, CT: 2014 NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament D-I East Regional winner, Union College Dutchmen.
1st Round: Union College 5, Vermont 2 /
2nd Round: Union College 3, Providence 1.
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Photo and Image credits -
Photo of UC hockey team/staff group celebration by Matt Eisenberg at uscho.com, uscho.com/photos/2014/03/29/gallery-union-beats-providence-for-its-second-frozen-four-berth-in-three-years [Gallery]

Midwest Regional – March 28 & 29, 2014 at Cincinnati, OH: 2014 NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament D-I Midwest Regional winner, University of North Dakota.
1st Round: North Dakota 5, Wisconsin 2 /
2nd Round: North Dakota 2, Ferris State 1 (Double overtime).
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Photo and Image credits above -
Photo of UND winning goal by Al Berman/AP via newstimes.com/sports/article/North-Dakota-wins-in-2-OT-to-reach-Frozen-Four.
Photo of North Dakota-team-group-hug from undsports.com.
North Dakota green hockey jersey, photo from shop.cbssports.com/North_Dakota.
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Thanks to the contributors at ‘2014 NCAA Men’s Division I Ice Hockey Tournament‘ (en.wikipedia.org).

March 27, 2014

2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament – map of the 16 qualifying teams in the 2014 tournament, with 2012-13 attendances.

Filed under: Hockey,NCAA, ice hockey — admin @ 4:14 pm

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2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament – map of the 16 qualifying teams in the 2014 tournament, with 2012-13 attendances




Schedule, scores, articles, videos incl. preview…
Division I men’s ice hockey tourney – 2014 NCAA tournament schedule and results (ESPN.com).

Yale won last year’s [2013] Frozen Four, but did not qualify for the 16-team tournament this year. The team Yale beat in the 2013 final, their nearby new rivals Quinnipiac, are back in the tournament this year as one of the 10 at-large bids.

The winners of the 6 Men’s Division I Ice Hockey Conferences for 2014 were:
-Union College Dutchmen (ECAC).
-Minnesota Golden Gophers(Big Ten).
-UMass-Lowell River Hawks(Hockey East).
-Minnesota St.-Mankato Mustangs(WCHA).
-Denver Bears (NCHC).
-Robert Morris Colonials (Atlantic) [D-1 Men's Ice Hockey Tournament debut for the Robert Morris Colonials of Greater Pittsburgh, PA].

# 1 Seeds for the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament are:
Minnesota Golden Gophers [#1; 1] (Big Ten),
Boston College Eagles [#1; 2] (ECAC),
Union College Dutchmen [#1; 3] (ECAC)
Wisconsin Badgers [#1; 4] (Big Ten).
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Thanks to NCAA.org for pdf of 12/13 attendance, here, http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/m_icehockey_rb/2014/Attend.pdf /
Special thanks to Robert Morris Colonials men’s hockey website, for game-by-game attendance figures, at rmucolonials.com/schedule.aspx?path=mhockey .

Thanks to Two Hearted River at en.wikipedia.org, for several illustrations of jerseys, such as http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:HE-Uniform-UVM.png (full list at credits at the lower right of the map page).

Thanks to AMK1211 for blank map of USA, ‘File:Blank US Map with borders.svg”>File:Blank US Map with borders.svg‘ (commons.wikimedia.org).

Thanks to the contributors at the pages at ‘2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament‘ (en.wkiipedia.org).

March 31, 2013

2013 NCAA Men’s Division I Ice Hockey Tournament – the Frozen Four: Quinnipiac, St. Cloud State, Yale, UMass-Lowell.

Filed under: NCAA, ice hockey — admin @ 9:42 pm

’2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament – map of the 16 qualifying teams in the 2013 tournament, with attendance data‘.

    2013 NCAA Men’s Division I Ice Hockey Tournament – the Frozen Four

At Providence, RI: 2013 NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament D-I East Regional winner, Quinnipiac Bobcats.
1st Round: Quinnipiac 4, Canisius 3 /
2nd Round: , Quinnipiac 5, Union College 1.
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Photo and Image credits above –
Photo by Tim Brule at uscho.com.
Quinnipiac sweater logo illustration by Two Hearted River at en.wikipedia.org.

At Toledo, OH: 2013 NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament D-I Midwest Regional winner, St. Cloud State Huskies.
1st Round: St. Cloud State 5, Notre Dame 1 /
2nd Round: St. Cloud State 4, Miami (Ohio) 1.
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Photo credits above –
Rachel Lewis at uscho.com.
Unattributed at huskyhockeytime.blogspot.com.

At Grand Rapids, MI: 2013 NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament D-I West Regional winner, Yale Bulldogs.
1st Round: Yale 3, Minnesota 2 (OT) /
2nd Round: Yale 4, North Dakota 1.
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Photo and Image credits above –
Photo by Peter Arnold at uscho.com.
Yale sweater logo illustration by Two Hearted River at en.wikipedia.org.

At Manchester, NH 013 NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament D-I Northeast Regional winner, UMass-Lowell RiverHawks.
1st Round: UMass-Lowell 6, Wisconsin 1 /
2nd Round: UMass-Lowell 2, New Hampshire 0.
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Photo and Image credits above –
Photo by Jim Cole/AP at http://bigstory.ap.org/article/umass-lowell-beats-new-hampshire-2-0.
UMass-Lowell sweater logo illustration by Two Hearted River at en.wikipedia.org.


March 25, 2013

2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament – map of the 16 qualifying teams in the 2013 tournament, with attendance data.

Filed under: Hockey,NCAA, ice hockey — admin @ 9:39 pm

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2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament- map



D-I Tournament Scores (ncaa.com/scoreboards/icehockey-men).

The 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament begins on March 29. The 16 qualified teams meet up in 4 regionals. Info here: ‘2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament‘ (en.wikipedia.org).

The Frozen Four for 2013 will be in Pittsburgh, PA on April 11th and the final is on April 13th at the Consol Energy Center (home of the Pittsburgh Penguins) on April 13th.

Defending champions are the Boston College Eagles of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. It was the Eagles’ 5th national championship won on the ice, and their second title in 3 years.

#1 seed overall this year is the Quinnipiac Bobcats. Quinnipiac University of Hamden, Connecticut is private/non-sectarian school about 5 miles north of another tournament qualifier, Yale (of New Haven, CT). Qunnnipiac has an undergraduate enrollment of 6,000, and is best known for something which has nothing to do with college athletics, and that is its widely-utilized polling service, the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute {see this (en.wikipedia.org)}.

The Quinnipiac Bobcats play in the TD Bank Center in Hamden, CT, which opened in 2007 and has a capacity for ice hockey of 3,386. The Quinnipiac Bobcats men’s ice hockey team drew 3,122 per game at ‘The Bank’ in 2012-13, which made for a respectable 92.2 percent-capacity, and was an increase in attendance of 598 per game from 2011-12. The Bobcats’ 3,122 per game put them at 27th out of 59 Division I teams {attendance data here, ‘Men’s Division I Hockey Attendance: 2012-2013‘ (uscho.com)}.

The Quinnipiac Bobcats (formely the Quinnipiac Braves) have only made the tournament once before, in 2002. The 2012-13 Quinnipiac Bobcats are powered by Senior Goalie Eric Hartzell, a workhorse who played in 38 games for the Bobcats in 2012-13, and ended up with a whopping 2,282.59 minutes, going 27-6-5 and with a goals-against-average of just 1.5243 per game – which was third best in D-I in this season, behind Goalie Ryan McKay of Miami (of Ohio), and Goalie Conor Hellebucyk of UMass-Lowell [note: Miami and Mass-Lowell are two other teams which have made the tournament this season]. [D-I stats, here (uscho.com).]

The three other #1 seeds in the 2013 Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament are the Minnesota Golden Gophers (#1/2 overall), the Massachusetts-Lowell RiverHawks (#1/3 overall), and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (#1/4 overall). Notre Dame just upended the most successful D-I men’s ice hockey team, the Michigan Wolverines, on Sunday March 24 in the CCHA tournament final by a score of 3-1. This means that Michigan’s consecutive tournaments streak is over at 22 straight (from 1991 to 2012) [Note: on the map page here I don't have a list for all-time tournament appearances, but I do have one for all-time Frozen Four appearances (at the bottom right-hand corner). If you want to see a specific team's tournament appearance history, click on the following link, '2013 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament', then click within the text there onto the blue-lit team's name, to get to their Wikipedia page.].

7 of the 16 teams are back from the 2012 tournament (listed from the western-most to the eastern-most team) -
The Denver Pioneers.
The University of North Dakota (note: North Dakota has no nickname anymore thanks to PC pressure to get rid of their actually rather dignified ‘Sioux’ nickname and logo).
The Minnesota Golden Gophers (who made the Frozen Four in 2012).
The Miami (of Ohio) RedHawks.
The Union College Dutchmen (who made the Frozen Four in 2012).
The UMass-Lowell River Hawks.
The Boston College Eagles (reigning champions).

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Thanks to USCHO.com for attendance figures, ‘Men’s Division I Hockey Attendance: 2012-2013‘ (uscho.com).
Thanks to Jayson Moy at the Bracketology blog at USCHO.com site.

Thanks to the contributors to the pages at en.wikipedia.org, ‘NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Championship‘ ; ‘List of NCAA Men’s Division I Frozen Four appearances by school‘.

Thanks to Two Hearted River at en.wikipedia.org, for 4 college hockey teams’ sweater logo illustrations used on the map (Boston College, Miami of Ohio, Minnesota, and Union College), at each team’s Wikipedia page, such as ‘Boston College Eagles’ men’s hockey‘.

Thanks to sioux-jersey.com for illustration of 2012-13 North Dakota sweater.

Thanks to buckyslockerroom.com [Wisconsin Badgers' store] for photo of 2-12-13 Wisconsin sweater.

Thanks to und.com und.com/sports/m-hockey for Notre Dame logo.

Thanks to USCHO.com, for stats and coverage.

Thanks to Luke DeVoe for Quinnipiac Bobcats info, at quhockeyblog.com (From The NIP To The Bank – Quinnipiac Bobcats Hockey Blog).

March 21, 2012

2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament – map of the 16 qualifying teams in the 2012 tournament, with 2011-12 attendance data, all-time Division I Titles list, and all-time Frozen Four Appearances list / Plus, photos and stats of top NHL Prospects in NCAA Division I Hockey – 2012 Hobey Baker Award finalists & statistical leaders for 2011-12 (17 players).

Filed under: Hockey,NCAA, ice hockey — admin @ 4:47 pm

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2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament


Updateteams who qualified for 2012 Frozen FourFerris State Bulldogs, Union Dutchmen, Minnesota Golden Gophers, Boston College Eagles.

NORTHEAST – at Worcester, MA. Host, College of the Holy Cross.
#1: Boston College vs.
#4: Air Force

#3: Maine vs.
#2: Minnesota–Duluth
March 25, 2012 at Worcester, MA – Boston College 4, Minnesota-Duluth 0.
The Boston College Eagles advance to the 2012 Frozen Four
(their 23rd Frozen Four appearance, and their first since 2010, when they won their 4th NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament title).
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Photo credit above – Melissa Wade/uscho.com.

WEST – at St. Paul, MN. Host, University of Minnesota.
#1: North Dakota vs.
#4: Western Michigan

#3: Boston University vs.
#2: Minnesota
March 25, 2012 at St. Paul, MN – Minnesota 5, North Dakota 2.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers advance to the 2012 Frozen Four
(their 20th Frozen Four appearance, and their first since 2005).
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Photo credit above – Tim Baum/photo.uscho.com/[photo gallery North Dakota vs. Minnesota 3-25-2012].

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EAST- at Bridgeport, CT. Hosts, Yale University and Fairfield University.
#1: Union College vs.
#4: Michigan State

#3: Massachusetts–Lowell vs.
#2: Miami (of Ohio)
March 24, 2012 at Bridgeport, CT – Union College 4, Massachusetts-Lowell 2.
The Union Dutchmen advance to the 2012 Frozen Four
(their first-ever Frozen Four appearance).
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Photo credit above – Union Dutchmen celebrate after clinching their first-ever trip to the Division I Frozen Four, photo by Trent Hermann/Union Athletics at unionathletics.com.

MIDWEST – at Green Bay, WI. Host, Michigan Technological University.
#1: Michigan vs.
#4: Cornell

#3: Denver vs.
#2: Ferris State
March 24, 2012 at Green Bay, WI – Ferris State 2, Cornell 1.
The Ferris State Bulldogs advance to the 2012 Frozen Four
(their first-ever Division I Frozen Four appearance).
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Photo credit above – ferrisstatebulldogs.com via photo.uscho.com/[photo gallery Ferris State vs. Cornell 3-24-2012].

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FROZEN FOUR
National Semifinals & Final – at Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida.
Hosts, Univesity of Alabama-Huntsvile and the Tampa Bay Sports Commission.
NORTHEAST winner vs. WEST winner
EAST winner vs. MIDWEST winner.

FINAL (2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey National Championship Game):
APRIL 7, 2012 AT 7:00 EDT.

Division I Tournament – live blog, scores, schedule, articles (USCHO.com).

2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament‘ (en.wikipedia.org).

A video from espn.go.com, a three-minute ESPN Sportscenter preview of the tournament, ‘Division I men’s ice hockey tourney‘.

From ncaa.com, 2012 Bracket.

Breakdown of the 16 qualifying teams in the 2012 tournament, by the 5 Division I conferences (with links) -

Reigning champion – Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs, of the WCHA (the Bulldogs’ first NCAA Division I hockey title was won in 2011).

CCHA, ‘Central Collegiate Hockey Association‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
http://www.ccha.com/
5 teams in the 2012 tournament from the CCHA – Ferris State Bulldogs, Miami (of Ohio) RedHawks, Michigan Wolverines, Michigan State Spartans, Western Michigan Broncos.

WCHA, ‘Western Collegiate Hockey Association‘ (en.wikipedia.org)
http://www.wcha.com/
4 teams in the 2012 tournament from the WCHA – Denver Pioneers, Minnesota Golden Gophers, Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs, North Dakota Fighting Sioux.

Hockey East, ‘Hockey East‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
http://www.hockeyeastonline.com/
4 teams in the 2012 tournament from Hockey East – Boston College Eagles, Boston University Terriers, Maine Black Bears, UMass-Lowell Riverhawks.

ECAC Hockey, ‘ECAC Hockey’ (en.wikipedia.org).
http://www.ecachockey.com/
2 teams in the 2012 tournament from ECAC Hockey – Cornell Big Red, Union College Dutchmen.

Atlantic Hockey, ‘Atlantic Hockey‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
http://www.atlantichockeyonline.com/
1 team in the 2012 tournament from Atlantic Hockey – Air Force Academy Falcons.

The map on the map page shows the locations of the 16 teams that have qualified for the 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament. Accompanying each team’s dot on the map is either their primary logo or their script logo from one of their current sweaters. At the upper left-hand corner of the map page is a brief description of the selection process, with the four #1 seeded teams listed.

To the right of that, at the top-center of the map page, are the 16 teams in the tournament, listed by 2011-12 average home attendance.
Here is where I got the attendance data from: ‘Men’s Division I Hockey Attendance: 2011-2012‘ (USCHO.com).
Accompanying columns list the following – the schools’ locations, and the teams’ conferences; plus 4 aspects of each team’s attendance data… 2011-12 average attendance and rank (from home, regular season games), percentage-change from 2010-11, stadium capacity, and 2011-12 percent-capacity [Percent-capacity equals average attendance divided by stadium capacity].

Finally, at the far right-hand side of the map page are 2 lists. The top list shows NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament titles (with the year of last title). The list below that shows All-time NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament Frozen Four appearances (with the year of their last Frozen Four appearance).

One thing you should be aware of is that, as opposed to the logos on the map itself, for the 3 charts I used different logos (tiny icon-sized logos) for some of the teams. I did did because of easier visibility (when the logos are shrunk so much) – not very consistent of me, I know, but I figured it wouldn’t cause confusion on a map that features only 16 teams.

One note…both these lists on the far right-hand side of the map page are for ALL teams in the 58-team Division I men’s Ice Hockey set-up, not just the 16 teams who have qualified for the tournament this season. I make this note because on some of my NCAA Basketball Tournament maps, I have listed only the participating teams’ all-time tournament appearances and touirnament titles, but here, with the ice hockey tournament, I am listing NCAA Division I Titles and Frozen Four appearances of all the teams in Division I. I did it this way for two reasons. The far smaller size of Division I men’s ice hockey made it both feasible to include a comprehensive list – there are 58 teams in NCAA Division I men’s hockey, versus 345 teams in NCAA Division I men’s basketball – and sort of pointless to list the more run-of-the-mill accomplishment of simply qualifying. 68 divided by 345 equals 19.7 %, which means that 19.7% of Division I men’s basketball teams make March Madness each year / while 16 divided by 58 equals 27.5%, which means that 27.5% of Division I men’s ice hockey teams make the NCAA Tournament each year.

The Hobey Baker Award is given each season to the top NCAA college hockey player [ Hobey Baker was a military veteran and Princeton graduate who played varsity hockey. Baker died in 1918 in France during World War I as a test pilot. ] The first Hobey Baker Award was given in 1981, and was won by Minnesota-born Minnesota Golden Gophers and 1980 US Olympic hockey team Gold Medalist Center Neal Broten. Other notable Hobey Baker Award winners are Ducks/Avalanche/Predators/Blues Canadian-born Left Winger Paul Kariya (in 1993, as a player on the Maine Black Bears), and East Lansing, Michigan-born Buffalo Sabres Goaltender Ryan Miller (in 2001, as a player on the Michigan State Spartans). ‘Hobey Baker Award‘ (en.wikipedia.org).

Below are the Hobey Baker Award finalists for 2012 (10 players), plus the top statistical leaders for 2011-12 …(photos and stats of 17 players).
Note: 4 of the Hobey Baker Award finalists are listed immediately below but shown in the stats leaders’ section further down.
From NHL.com, from March 15 2012, ‘10 finalists announced for Hobey Baker Award‘.
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Photo credits above – Shaun Hurtwick, AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt via espn.go.com. Tim Kirby, postbulletin.com. Torey Krug, msuspartans.com. Brian Dumoulin, Boston College via pressherald.com. Justin Schultz: collegehockeynews.com. Reilly Smith, stars.nhl.com.

Below: the 8 Points leaders (as measured by Goals + Assists), and the 3 top goaltenders (as measured by Goals Against Average), in the 2011-12 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey season (note: stats include regular season and conference playoffs) -
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Photo credits above – Spencer Abbott, mainehockeyjournal.com/abbott-enjoying-a-memorable-season-with-black-bears. Jack Connolly, Melissa Wade/uscho.com. Ausrin Smith, alliance.pucksystems.com. Drew Shore, Melissa Wade/uscho.com. Travis Oleksuk, wcha.com. Chris Wagner, collegehockeynews.com. Brett Gensler, bentleyfalcons.com wcha.com. Mark Zengerle, Erica Treais/uscho.com. Connor Knapp, buffalonews.com. Chris Noonan, buffalonews.com. Troy Grosineck, John Carl D’Annibale/timesunion.com.

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Thanks to Jayson Moy at the Bracketology blog at USCHO.com site.
Thanks to the contributors to the pages at en.wikipedia.org, ‘NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Championship‘ ; ‘List of NCAA Men’s Division I Frozen Four appearances by school‘.
Thanks to blindschalet.com for the Michigan Wolverines logo.
Thanks to New Hampshire Wildcats store, for the UNH hockey sweater script logo.
Thanks to Gamewornauctions.net, for the Clarkson hockey sweater script logo.
Thanks to shop.uscho.com/College_Hockey_Jerseys for the Miami (of Ohio) hockey sweater logo, and the Vermont hockey sweater logo.
Thanks to the article from bleacherreport.com, by Nicholas Goss, from Sept. 6 2011, ‘The 50 Best Non-NHL Hockey Jerseys of All Time‘ (Minnesota hockey sweater script logo).
Thanks to sketchup.google.com, for the Providence College Friars Hockey Team Logo.
Thanks to Northeastern Univ. store, for Northeastern Huskies hockey sweater logo.

Thanks to Two Hearted River at en.wikipedia.org, for the college hockey teams’ sweater logo illustrations used on the map (at each team’s Wikipedia page, such as UMass-Lowell’s, here).
Thanks to USCHO.com, for stats and coverage.

October 20, 2011

NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey – 2010-2011 average attendance map of all 58 teams in Division I.

Filed under: Hockey,NCAA ice hockey map 2011,2016,NCAA, ice hockey — admin @ 9:40 pm

Please note:
There is a more recent map (2016) of D1-hockey attendance; click on the following,
NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey – 2015-16 average attendance map of all 60 teams in D1-hockey (with arena capacities & percent capacities).
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NCAA Ice Hockey Attendance Map




The 2011 Frozen Four was comprised of Michigan, Minnesota-Duluth, North Dakota, and Notre Dame. And on April 9, 2011, the 2011 NCAA men’s ice hockey champions were the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs, who beat Michigan 3-2 in overtime. This was Minnesota-Duluth’s first ice hockey title. The team has made 4 Final Four appearances and 7 NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament appearances (16 teams currently qualify for the tournament). Minnesota-Duluth averaged 5,810 per game in 2010-11, which was 9th-best in the 58-team Division I men’s ice hockey set-up.

The highest-drawing team was once again the Wisconsin Badgers, who pulled in 13,226 per game last season. The Badgers played to a 86.8 percent-capacity at the 15,237-capacity Kohl’s Center in Madison, WI. The Badgers men’s ice hockey team have made 12 Frozen Four appearances and have won 6 NCAA titles (last in 2006).

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Helped by playing a game in the school’s football stadium, the Michigan Wolverines‘ men’s ice hockey team had the second-highest average attendance in 2010-11, at 12,291 per game. 104,173 packed in to Michigan Stadium on December 11, 2010, to see the Wolverines beat their in-state rivals the Michigan State Spartans by the score of 5-0. That game now tops this list, ‘List of ice hockey games with highest attendance‘ (en.wikipedia.org). The Wolveines have won 9 NCAA men’s ice hockey titles (but none since 1998). The Wolverines have the most titles in men’s ice hockey and have made 23 Frozen Four appearances (the most), as well 21-tournament-appearances consecutively (since 1991). That 21 straight tournament appearances is also a record. The Wolverines men’s ice hockey team plays at the 78-year-old, 6,637-capacity Yost Ice Arena.

Third highest-drawing team last season was the North Dakota Fighting Sioux. They played to 101 percent-capacity, drawing 11,756 per game at the 11,640-capacity Ralph Englestad Arena in Grand Forks, ND. Grand Forks has a metro area population of around 98,000 {2010 figure}, so that 11,700 per game is pretty darn impressive for the 7-time-champions the Fighting Sioux.

Fourth-highest-drawing last season was the Minneapolis/St. Paul-based Minnesota Golden Gophers, who played to 95.4 percent-capacity and drew 9,544 per game. The Golden Gophers have 5 men’s ice hockey titles (last in 2003), and 19 Frozen Four appearances. The state of Minnesota has 5 Divison I men’s ice hockey teams – Minnesota, St. Cloud State, the aforementioned Minnesota-Duluth, Bemidji State, and Minnesota State [Mankato, MN] – and between them they cumulatively averaged over 28,000 per game in 2010-11.

Fifth-highest-drawing team was the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks, who averaged 7,994 per game at the 16,680-capacity CenturyLink Center in Omaha, NE. The Mavericks have never made a Frozen Four, and have just 2 NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament appearances.

Sixth-highest-drawing last season was the Colorado College Tigers, who drew 6,687 per game to the 8,000-capacity Colorado Springs World Arena and Ice Hall, for a solid 91.1 percent-capacity figure. Colorado College won their 2 NCAA men’s ice hockey titles early on in the competition’s history, in 1950 and 1958 (the tournament was first played in 1948, and initially was only a 4-team field). 7 of Colorado College’s 10 Frozen Four appearances occurred in the 1940s and the 1950s (their last Frozen Four was in 2005). There are 3 Division I men’s ice hockey teams in the state of Colorado – Colorado College, Denver University, and Air Force Academy – and the 3 teams cumulatively averaged over 13,500 per game last season.

Two seasons ago, 2010 Frozen Four winners were Boston College, who won their fourth NCAA Ice Hockey title then. In 2010-11, the Boston College Eagles drew 7th-best in Division I. The Eagles averaged 6,292 per game in 2010-11 at the 7,884-capacity Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, MA [5 miles west of Boston]. Boston College’s 79.8 percent-capacity was among 26 Division I teams that had a percent-capacity above 75%. Boston College is one of 5 Div. I hockey teams in the Boston metro area (plus there are 3 more nearby), and between those 5 – Boston College, Boston University, Harvard, Northeastern, and Bentley College – they cumulatively averaged over 16,000 per game last season.

The map shows all 58 NCAA Division I Ice Hockey teams’ locations. Each teams’ circle is in team colors and is sized to reflect 2010-11 average attendance (from home games, with ~14-22 home games per team). Text size and team logos are also sized. Attendances are listed at the far right. Also listed are each team’s NCAA Division Men’s I Ice Hockey titles (and years the team were the champion). To see stadium capacities and percent-capacities by team, go to the US Hockey Online link 4 paragraphs down [Note: you might also be interested in checking out another link at the bottom of this post, which is the Hockey News' poll of favorite college hockey jerseys (from 2008).]

Conferences that each team are in can be seen by going to the following page at en.wikipedia.org, ‘NCAA Hockey Division I [map]‘.

This is the first time I have covered this subject, and I am just getting up-to-speed on the goings-on, of which there have been plenty, recently. That is because, just like college football, college ice hockey is in the midst of some pretty drastic re-alignments. In 2013-14, a new Division I hockey program will be born in Penn State. Also in 2013-14, the Big Ten will be starting an ice hockey conference. Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, and Wisconsin announced in March 2011 that they will leave the CCHA (Central Collegiate Hockey Association) to join the Big Ten for 2013-14.

Excerpt from en.wikipedia.org…”In response to the creation of the Big Ten hockey conference, Miami University [Miami of Ohio] will join Denver, Colorado College, North Dakota, Nebraska-Omaha, and Minnesota-Duluth of the WCHA (Western Colege Hockey Association) to create the National Collegiate Hockey Conference. In response to the creation of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference, Northern Michigan University will join the WCHA in 2013. Invitations to join the WCHA were eventually extended to Alaska-Fairbanks, Bowling Green, Ferris State, Lake Superior State, and Western Michigan in late August of 2011. Alaska-Fairbanks, Ferris State and Lake Superior State have accepted and will join Northern Michigan into the WCHA in 2013. Western Michigan and Notre Dame have been rumored as the 7th and 8th additions to the new NCHC…”{end of excerpt}

I may not know much about NCAA hockey, but I know this: having the two Alaska teams in different conferences was always a ridiculous situation, so at the very least all this re-shuffling will have accomplished putting the Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves and the Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks in the same conference.
National Collegiate Hockey Conference [to be instituted in 2013-14]‘.

I will be posting a map for the 2012 Frozen Four competition in March, which will include an all-time list of Frozen Four appearances by team.
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Thanks to U.S. College Hockey Online.com for 2010-11 Division I Men’s Ice Hockey average attendance figures.
Thanks to The Hockey News.com, for this article ‘The Hockey News’ ECAC, WCHA and AHA Jersey Rankings [Aug.27 2008]‘.
Thanks to the contributors to the pages at en.wikipedia.org, ‘College Ice Hockey‘.

Thanks to Mr_Math_14 for, 5 years after the fact, re-posting this map on Reddit.com/r/college-hockey, Blast from the (recent) past: 2010-2011 Average Attendance Map – Midwest, my how things change… .

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