1972–73 NCAA University Division men's ice hockey season

The 1972–73 NCAA University Division men's ice hockey season began in November 1972 and concluded with the 1973 NCAA University Division Men's Ice Hockey Tournament's championship game on March 17, 1973 at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. This was the 26th season in which an NCAA ice hockey championship was held and is the 78th year overall where an NCAA school fielded a team.

After the season Denver's participation in the NCAA tournament was vacated due to violations of NCAA regulations.[1]

After the season Army was classified as a Division II squad as part of the NCAA's numerical classification system.[2]

Lake Superior State began to sponsor their ice hockey program and the team was promptly admitted into the CCHA.

Regular seasonEdit

Season tournamentsEdit

Tournament Dates Teams Champion
Christmas City of the North Tournament November 23–25 4 Minnesota–Duluth
North County Thanksgiving Festival November 23–25 4 Clarkson
Cleveland Cup Invitational November 29–30 4 Michigan State
Yale Invitational December 18–19 4 Northeastern
ECAC Christmas Tournament December 19–20 4 Dartmouth
ECAC Holiday Hockey Festival December 19–20 4 Saint Louis
Great Lakes Invitational December 27–28 4 Harvard
Williams Invitational December 27–29 4 Bowdoin
Rensselaer Holiday Tournament December 28–30 4 Minnesota–Duluth
St. Louis Fireman's Invitational December 28–30 4 Wisconsin
Nichols School Invitational December 29–30 4 St. Lawrence
Syracuse Invitational December 29–30 4 Clarkson
Beanpot February 5, 12 4 Boston University

Boston University won the tournament but was forced to forfeit each of the three games played after the conclusion of the season.

Standings[3][4][5]Edit

Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Wisconsin 12 8 3 1 17 60 40 40 29 9 2 217 139
Michigan State 12 8 3 1 17 60 44 36 23 12 1 194 149
Minnesota 12 5 4 3 13 50 47 34 15 16 3 124 129
Michigan 12 1 11 0 2 40 75 34 6 27 1 136 206
indicates conference regular season champion
Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Saint Louis 16 13 3 0 26 116 52 38 27 11 0 266 162
Lake Superior State 12 9 3 0 18 82 53 30 20 10 0 201 129
Ohio State 14 7 7 0 14 76 65 30 18 11 1 179 141
Bowling Green* 16 6 10 0 12 95 94 35 16 19 0 193 191
Ohio 14 1 13 0 2 36 141 24 6 18 0
Championship: Bowling Green
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
Conference Overall
GP W L T Pct. GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Cornell†* 18 14 3 1 .806 81 60 29 23 5 1 156 92
Harvard 18 14 3 1 .806 117 62 22 17 4 1 141 79
Boston College 19 13 5 1 .711 118 88 30 22 7 1 188 121
Pennsylvania 22 13 7 2 .636 90 78 27 16 9 2 115 97
New Hampshire 19 11 8 0 .579 93 87 29 16 10 3 129 121
Clarkson 20 11 9 0 .550 101 82 33 18 15 0 176 137
Rensselaer 20 11 9 0 .550 87 67 31 16 15 0 142 124
Boston University^ 18 9 8 1 .528 100 51 29 11 17 1 174 86
Brown 19 10 9 0 .526 72 75 23 11 12 0 84 96
Northeastern 21 10 11 0 .476 93 98 29 17 12 0 144 125
St. Lawrence 18 8 10 0 .444 87 89 28 15 13 0 149 131
Dartmouth 20 8 11 1 .425 74 85 24 12 11 1 106 93
Yale 15 5 9 1 .367 47 69 23 12 10 1 102 89
Providence 17 6 11 0 .353 62 79 25 11 14 0 107 110
Colgate 17 5 12 0 .294 58 94 25 11 14 0 107 165
Princeton 21 3 18 0 .143 55 123 23 5 18 0 66 127
Army 10 1 9 0 .100 28 64 27 9 17 1 121 136
Championship: Cornell
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
^ Boston University was required to forfeit 11 after the season for using an ineligible player
Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Air Force 0 0 0 0 - - - 32 16 16 0 166 190
Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Denver†* 28 20 8 0 52 141 85 39 29 9 1 208 116
Notre Dame 28 19 9 0 48 150 119 38 23 14 1 199 174
Wisconsin* 28 18 9 1 47 134 101 40 29 9 2 217 139
Michigan State 26 16 9 1 47 132 114 36 23 12 1 194 149
Michigan Tech 26 16 10 0 44 135 106 38 24 13 1 198 139
Minnesota 28 12 13 3 35 94 102 34 15 16 3 124 129
North Dakota 30 13 15 2 32 124 131 36 17 17 2 154 157
Minnesota-Duluth 28 13 15 0 30 123 131 36 19 17 0 166 161
Colorado College 28 5 23 0 14 103 171 34 10 24 0 150 198
Michigan 30 4 25 1 11 116 183 34 6 27 1 136 206
Championship: Wisconsin, Denver
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion

1973 NCAA Tournament[6]Edit

  Semifinals
March 15–16
National Championship
March 17
                     
E1 Cornell 5  
W2 Wisconsin 6*  
  W2 Wisconsin 4  
  W1 Denver† 2  
W1 Denver 10
E2 Boston College 4     Third Place Game
  E1 Cornell 1
  E2 Boston College 3

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)
Note: † Denver's participation was later vacated due to NCAA violations

Player statsEdit

Scoring leaders[7]Edit

The following players led the league in points at the conclusion of the season.

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes

Player Class Team GP G A Pts PIM
Rick Kennedy Sophomore Saint Louis 38 47 49 96 22
Eddie Bumbacco Junior Notre Dame 38 43 47 90 38
John Nestic Junior Saint Louis 38 37 46 83 6
Dave Davies Junior Saint Louis 38 31 47 78 8
George Clark Sophomore Army - 39 33 72 -
Peter McNab Junior Denver 38 32 40 72 18
Sean Coughlan Sophomore Saint Louis 38 26 46 72 20
Ian Williams Junior Notre Dame 35 35 34 69 54
Carlo Ugolini Junior Cornell 29 25 44 69 18
Ray Meyers Junior Ohio State 30 33 35 68 44

Leading goaltenders[7]Edit

The following goaltenders led the league in goals against average at the end of the regular season while playing at least 33% of their team's total minutes.

GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime/shootout losses; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

Player Class Team GP Min W L OT GA SO SV% GAA
Ron Grahame Senior Denver 35 2094 27 7 1 102 2 .921 2.90
Ed Walsh Sophomore Boston University 27 1612 - - - 79 0 .911 2.94
Dave Elenbaas Junior Cornell 29 - - - - - - .905 3.06
Rick Quance Sophomore Michigan Tech 17 1031 11 4 1 55 0 .905 3.20
Brad Shelstad Junior Minnesota 23 1345 - - - 74 0 .906 3.30
Cap Raeder Freshman New Hampshire 20 1200 - - - 67 0 .897 3.35
Dick Perkins Sophomore Wisconsin 17 1021 - - - 58 2 .892 3.41
Kevin Woods Senior Clarkson 14 789 11 - - 46 2 .893 3.50
Ned Yetten Sophomore Boston College 20 1180 15 4 1 70 1 .895 3.56
Don Cutts Junior Rensselaer 30 1800 - - - 109 1 .898 3.63

AwardsEdit

NCAAEdit

CCHAEdit

ECACEdit

WCHAEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Army West Point hockey 2015-16 media guide". Army West Point. Retrieved 2017-01-14.
  3. ^ "2012-13 CCHA Media Guide". CCHA. Retrieved 2014-06-29.
  4. ^ "2008-09 ECAC Hockey Media Guide" (PDF). ECAC Hockey. Retrieved 2014-06-29.
  5. ^ "2008-09 WCHA Yearbook 97-112" (PDF). WCHA. Retrieved 2014-06-29.
  6. ^ "NCAA Tournament". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  7. ^ a b "1972-73 NCAA Division I Statistics". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 2016-06-04.
  8. ^ "NCAA Division I Awards". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved June 11, 2013.
  9. ^ "Men's Ice Hockey Award Winners" (PDF). NCAA.org. Retrieved June 11, 2013.
  10. ^ "CCHA All-Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  11. ^ "ECAC Awards". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  12. ^ "ECAC All-Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  13. ^ "WCHA Awards". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  14. ^ "WCHA All-Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013.

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