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2015 NCAA Men's Division I
Ice Hockey Tournament
2015 Frozen Four.png
2015 Frozen Four logo
Teams 16
Finals Site
Champions Providence Friars (1st title)
Runner-Up Boston University Terriers (11th title game)
Semifinalists
Winning coach Nate Leaman (1st title)
MOP Jon Gillies Providence
Attendance 36,044[1]

The 2015 NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Tournament was the national championship tournament for men's college ice hockey in the United States in 2015. The tournament involved 16 teams in single-elimination play to determine the national champion at the Division I level of the NCAA, the highest level of competition in college hockey. The tournament's Frozen Four – the semifinals and final – were hosted by Hockey East at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.[2]

Providence defeated Boston University 4–3 to win the program's first NCAA title.[1]

Tournament procedure[edit]

2015 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament is located in the US
Providence
Providence
Manchester
Manchester
South Bend
South Bend
Fargo
Fargo
Boston
Boston
2015 Regionals (blue) and Frozen Four (red)

The tournament will consist of four groups of four teams in regional brackets. The four regionals are officially named after their geographic areas. The following are the sites for the 2015 regionals:

March 27 and 28
West Regional, Scheels ArenaFargo, North Dakota (Host: University of North Dakota)
Northeast Regional, Verizon Wireless ArenaManchester, New Hampshire (Host: University of New Hampshire)
March 28 and 29
East Regional, Dunkin' Donuts CenterProvidence, Rhode Island (Host: Brown University)
Midwest Regional, Compton Family Ice ArenaSouth Bend, Indiana (Host: University of Notre Dame)

The winner of each regional will advance to the Frozen Four:

April 9–11
TD GardenBoston, Massachusetts (Host: Hockey East)

Qualifying teams[edit]

The at-large bids and seeding for each team in the tournament were announced on March 22.[3] The NCHC had six teams receive a berth in the tournament, ECAC Hockey and Hockey East each had three teams receive a berth, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) had two teams receive a berth, and one team from both the Big Ten Conference and Atlantic Hockey received a berth.

West Regional – Fargo Northeast Regional – Manchester
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid
1 North Dakota (2) NCHC 27–9–3 At-large bid 30th 2014 1 Boston University (3) Hockey East 25–7–5 Tournament champion 33rd 2012
2 Michigan Tech WCHA 29–9–2 At-large bid 11th 1981 2 Minnesota–Duluth NCHC 20–15–3 At-large bid 9th 2012
3 St. Cloud State NCHC 19–18–1 At-large bid 11th 2014 3 Minnesota Big Ten 23–12–3 Tournament champion 36th 2014
4 Quinnipiac ECAC Hockey 23–11–4 At-large bid 4th 2014 4 Yale ECAC Hockey 18–9–5 At-large bid 7th 2013
Midwest Regional – South Bend East Regional – Providence
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid
1 Minnesota State (1) WCHA 29–7–3 Tournament champion 4th 2014 1 Miami (OH) (4) NCHC 25–13–1 Tournament champion 12th 2013
2 Omaha NCHC 18–12–6 At-large bid 3rd 2011 2 Denver NCHC 23–13–2 At-large bid 25th 2014
3 Harvard ECAC Hockey 21–12–3 Tournament champion 22nd 2006 3 Boston College Hockey East 21–13–3 At-large bid 34th 2014
4 RIT Atlantic Hockey 19–14–5 Tournament champion 2nd 2010 4 Providence Hockey East 22–13–2 At-large bid 11th 2014

Number in parentheses denotes overall seed in the tournament.

Tournament bracket[edit]

Regional Semifinals
March 27–28
Regional Finals
March 28–29
Semifinals
April 9
Championship
April 11
                       
1 Minnesota State (1) 1
4 RIT 2
4 RIT 0
South Bend, Indiana – Sat/Sun
2 Omaha 4
2 Omaha 4
3 Harvard 1
MW2 Omaha 1
E4 Providence 4
1 Miami (OH) (4) 5
4 Providence 7
4 Providence 4
Providence, Rhode Island – Sat/Sun
2 Denver 1
2 Denver 5
3 Boston College 2
E4 Providence 4
NE1 Boston University 3
1 North Dakota (2) 4
4 Quinnipiac 1
1 North Dakota 4
Fargo, North Dakota – Fri/Sat
3 St. Cloud State 1
2 Michigan Tech 2
3 St. Cloud State 3*
W1 North Dakota 3
NE1 Boston University 5
1 Boston University (3) 3*
4 Yale 2
1 Boston University 3
Manchester, New Hampshire – Fri/Sat
2 Minnesota–Duluth 2
2 Minnesota–Duluth 4
3 Minnesota 1

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

Media[edit]

Television[edit]

ESPN has US television rights to all games during the tournament for the eleventh consecutive year.[4] ESPN will air every game, beginning with the regionals, on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, or ESPN3 and will stream them online via WatchESPN.[5] The Sports Network holds Canadian TV rights to all games. The games are across the network on all five feeds—TSN1, TSN2, TSN3, TSN4, and TSN5. Although they are broadcast under the TSN banner, it is actually a simulcast of the ESPN feed with the ESPN announcers.

Broadcast Assignments[edit]

Regionals

Frozen Four & Championship

  • John Buccigross, Barry Melrose, & Quint Kessenich – Boston, Massachusetts

Radio[edit]

Westwood One has exclusive radio rights to the Frozen Four and will air both the semifinals and the championship.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b [1]
  2. ^ "NCAA Championships Site Selections" (Press release). NCAA. December 11, 2013. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Field of 16 announced for 2015 Division I Men's Ice Hockey Championship". NCAA.com. March 22, 2015. Retrieved March 22, 2015. 
  4. ^ Margolis, Rachel (December 15, 2011). "ESPN and NCAA® Extend Rights Agreement through 2023-24". ESPN. Retrieved December 15, 2011. 
  5. ^ Volner, Derek (March 22, 2015). "ESPN to Cover Entire 2015 NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Championship". ESPN Media Zone. Retrieved March 22, 2015. 
  6. ^ "NCAA, Westwood One extend deal". NCAA. January 13, 2011. Retrieved May 12, 2013. 

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