1950–51 Michigan Wolverines men's ice hockey season

The 1950–51 Michigan Wolverines men's ice hockey team represented the University of Michigan in intercollegiate college ice hockey during the 1950–51 NCAA men's ice hockey season. The head coach was Vic Heyliger and the team captain was Gil Burford. The team won the 1951 NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament. The team's leading scorer was Neil "The Seal" Celley, who broke Michigan's single-season scoring record with 79 points (40 goals, 39 assists) and led the NCAA in scoring.

1950–51 Michigan Wolverines men's ice hockey season
Michigan Wolverines logo.svg
National Champion
1951 NCAA Tournament, Champion
Home iceWeinberg Coliseum
Record
Overall22–4–1
Home13–2–1
Road7–2
Neutral2–0
Coaches and Captains
Head CoachVic Heyliger
Captain(s)Gil Burford
Michigan Wolverines men's ice hockey seasons
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StandingsEdit

Conference Overall
GP W L T Pct. GF GA GP W L T GF GA
American International 17 8 8 1
Army 13 2 10 1 33 76
Boston College 20 12 8 0 105 89
Boston University 21 16 5 0 149 59
Bowdoin 12 6 5 1
Brown 24 18 6 0 172 72
Colby
Colorado College 25 16 8 1 192 130
Dartmouth 19 9 9 1 71 89
Denver 23 11 11 1 134 111
Hamilton 16 7 9 0
Harvard 23 12 11 0 117 91
Massachusetts 7 0 7 0 10 40
Michigan 27 22 4 1 212 100
Michigan State 17 6 11 0 65 95
Michigan Tech 21 5 14 2 89 134
Minnesota 26 14 12 0 140 112
MIT
New Hampshire 9 5 4 0 44 34
North Dakota 26 12 12 2 116 139
Northeastern 19 8 11 0 90 77
Norwich 12 6 6 0
Princeton 18 7 10 1 100 111
Yale 17 14 2 1 116 43

ScheduleEdit

During the season Michigan compiled a 22–4–1 record, the fourth consecutive year that the team won at least 80% of their games. Their schedule was as follows.[1]

Date Opponent Score Result Venue Location Record
Dec. 8, 1950 Detroit Auto Club 8–6 Win Weinberg Coliseum Ann Arbor, MI 1–0
Dec. 15, 1950 Princeton 11–6 Win Weinberg Coliseum Ann Arbor, MI 2–0
Dec. 16, 1950 Princeton 10–2 Win Weinberg Coliseum Ann Arbor, MI 3–0
Dec. 21, 1950 Western Ontario 8–2 Win Weinberg Coliseum Ann Arbor, MI 4–0
Dec. 22, 1950 Western Ontario 14–1 Win Weinberg Coliseum Ann Arbor, MI 5–0
Dec. 27, 1950 Boston College 11–2 Win Boston Arena Boston, MA 6–0
Dec. 29, 1950 Boston University 3–2 Win Boston Arena Boston, MA 7–0
Jan. 5, 1951 Minnesota 5–4* Win Williams Arena Minneapolis, MN 8–0
Jan. 6, 1951 Minnesota 6–4 Win Williams Arena Minneapolis, MN 9–0
Jan. 12, 1951 Montreal 8–8* Tie Weinberg Coliseum Ann Arbor, MI 9–0–1
Jan. 13, 1951 Montreal 2–3 Loss Weinberg Coliseum Ann Arbor, MI 9–1–1
Jan. 19, 1951 Minnesota 12–2 Win Weinberg Coliseum Ann Arbor, MI 10–1–1
Jan. 20, 1951 Minnesota 8–0 Win Weinberg Coliseum Ann Arbor, MI 11–1–1
Feb. 5, 1951 Denver 5–4 Win DU Arena Denver, CO 12–1–1
Feb. 7, 1951 Denver 3–5 Loss DU Arena Denver, CO 12–2–1
Feb. 9, 1951 Colorado College 6–4 Win Broadmoor Ice Palace Colorado Springs, CO 13–2–1
Feb. 10, 1951 Colorado College 7–9 Loss Broadmoor Ice Palace Colorado Springs, CO 13–3–1
Feb. 16, 1951 Toronto 9–5 Win Weinberg Coliseum Ann Arbor, MI 14–3–1
Feb. 17, 1951 Toronto 4–6 Loss Weinberg Coliseum Ann Arbor, MI 14–4–1
Feb. 21, 1951 Michigan State 10–1 Win Demonstration Hall East Lansing, MI 15–4–1
Feb. 23, 1951 North Dakota 11–4 Win Weinberg Coliseum Ann Arbor, MI 16–4–1
Feb. 24, 1951 North Dakota 12–4 Win Weinberg Coliseum Ann Arbor, MI 17–4–1
Mar. 3, 1951 Michigan State 9–6 Win Weinberg Coliseum Ann Arbor, MI 18–4–1
Mar. 9, 1951 Michigan Tech 8–3 Win Weinberg Coliseum Ann Arbor, MI 19–4–1
Mar. 10, 1951 Michigan Tech 7–4 Win Weinberg Coliseum Ann Arbor, MI 20–4–1
NCAA TOURNAMENT
March 15, 1951 Boston University 8–2 Win Broadmoor World Arena Colorado Springs, CO 21–4–1
March 17, 1951 Brown 7–1 Win Broadmoor World Arena Colorado Springs, CO 22–4–1
212–100 22–4–1

* Denotes overtime periods

Roster and scoring statistics[2]Edit

 
Neil Celley
 
Gil Burford
No. Name Year Position Hometown S/P/C Games Goals Assists Pts PIM
6 Neil Celley Senior LW Eveleth, MN   27 40 39 79
8 Gil Burford Senior RW Detroit, MI   37 34 71
10 John McKennell Sophomore RW Toronto, ON   35 22 57
4 John Matchefts Sophomore C Eveleth, MN   56
7 Earl Keyes Sophomore C/G Tiverton, ON   39
5 Bob Heathcott Junior D Calgary, AB   12 21 33
18 Alex MacLellan Sophomore D Montreal, PQ   27
15 Al Bassey Senior F Walpole, MA  
11 Graham Cragg Junior D Edmonton, AB  
12 Joe Marmo Senior LW East Boston, MA  
3 Eddie May Junior D Edmonton, AB  
14 Gordon Naylor Junior RW Montreal, PQ  
9 Paul Pelow Junior C Toronto, ON  
1 Hal Downes Senior G Melrose, MA  
Total 212

Goaltending StatisticsEdit

No. Name Games Minutes Wins Losses Ties Goals Against Saves Shut Outs SV % GAA
1 Hal Downes 1
7 Earl Keyes 2 2 0 0 7 49 0 .875 3.50
Total 27 22 4 1 100 1

1951 National ChampionshipEdit

(W1) Michigan vs. (E1) BrownEdit


Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st UM Eddie May Naylor and Marmo 3:49 1–0 UM
UM Gil BurfordGW MacLellan 15:24 2–0 UM
2nd UM Neil Celley unassisted 6:41 3–0 UM
UM John McKennell unassisted 10:56 4–0 UM
UM Al Bassey Keyes and MacLellan 14:19 5–0 UM
3rd BRN Tony Malo Wheeler 7:54 5–1 UM
UM John McKennell Burford and Keyes 11:15 6–1 UM
UM Neil Celley Burford 19:38 7–1 UM

Bob Heathcott, Gil Burford, John Matchefts and Neil Celley were named to the All-Tournament Team[4]

NotesEdit

Less than year after winning the tournament, Hal Downes was shot down in his B-26 over North Korea and was declared MIA. Though all living POWs were returned to the US in 1953 Downes remained listed as MIA until his remains were returned in 2018.[5]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "THROUGH THE YEARS:" (PDF). Michigan Wolverines. Retrieved 2018-10-24.
  2. ^ "Univ. of Michigan 1950-51 roster and statistics". EliteProspects. Retrieved 2018-10-24.
  3. ^ "NCAA Division 1 Tournament". College Hockey Historical Archives. Archived from the original on 2013-06-21. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
  4. ^ "NCAA Frozen Four Records" (PDF). NCAA.org. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2013-06-22. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
  5. ^ "Missing—but not forgotten: What the return of Korean War remains means for the daughter of one American soldier". Wilson Center. Retrieved 2018-08-09.

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