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1963 NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament

The 1963 NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was the culmination of the 1962–63 NCAA men's ice hockey season, the 16th such tournament in NCAA history. It was held between March 14 and 16, 1963, and concluded with North Dakota defeating Denver 6-5. All games were played at the McHugh Forum in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

1963 NCAA Men's
Ice Hockey Tournament
Finals site
ChampionsNorth Dakota Fighting Sioux (2nd title)
Runner-upDenver Pioneers (4th title game)
Winning coachBarry Thorndycraft (2nd title)
MOPAl McLean North Dakota

Qualifying teams[1]Edit

Four teams qualified for the tournament, two each from the eastern and western regions. The ECAC tournament champion and the WCHA tournament champion received automatic bids into the tournament. Harvard, the ECAC champion, declined the bid to the tournament and was instead replaced by the runner-up Boston College. Two at-large bids were offered to one eastern and one western team based upon both their tournament finish as well as their regular season record.

East West
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid
1 Boston College ECAC Hockey 22–7–0 At-Large 7th 1959 1 Denver WCHA 22–8–1 Tournament champion 4th 1961
2 Clarkson ECAC Hockey 19–3–2 At-Large 4th 1962 2 North Dakota WCHA 20–7–3 At-Large 3rd 1959


The ECAC champion was seeded as the top eastern team while the WCHA champion was given the top western seed. The second eastern seed was slotted to play the top western seed and vice versa. All games were played at the Meehan Auditorium. All matches were Single-game eliminations with the semifinal winners advancing to the national championship game and the losers playing in a consolation game.

Tournament Bracket[2]Edit

March 14–15
National Championship
March 16
E1 Boston College 2  
W2 North Dakota 8  
  W2 North Dakota 6  
  W1 Denver 5  
W1 Denver 6
E2 Clarkson 2     Third Place Game
  E1 Boston College 3
  E2 Clarkson 5

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)


Boston College vs. North DakotaEdit

Denver vs. ClarksonEdit

Consolation GameEdit

Boston College vs. ClarksonEdit

National ChampionshipEdit

Denver vs. North DakotaEdit

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st UND Don Stokaluk Merrifield and Bartlett 1:57 1–0 UND
UND Al McLean Sutherland and Bartlett 3:11 2–0 UND
UND Ernie Dyda Matheson and Merrifield 7:25 3–0 UND
DU Greg Lacomy Kenning and Fragomeni 12:55 3–1 UND
DU Bob Hamill Wilson and Art 13:13 3–2 UND
UND Don Stokaluk Roberge 14:20 4–2 UND
UND Jack Matheson Ross 15:14 5–2 UND
2nd UND Al McLeanGW unassisted 25:01 6–2 UND
DU Greg Lacomy Wilson and Johnston 27:05 6–3 UND
DU Bob Hamill Staub 33:09 6–4 UND
3rd DU Bob Hamill Kowel 53:19 6–5 UND

All-Tournament Team[4]Edit


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  2. ^ "NCAA Tournament". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  3. ^ "North Dakota 2015-16 Hockey Yearbook" (PDF). North Dakota. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-09-18. Retrieved 2017-01-01.
  4. ^ "NCAA Frozen Four Records" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 2013-06-22. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
  5. ^ "NCAA Division I Awards". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved 2013-07-17.