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2002–03 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey season

The 2002–03 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey season began on October 4, 2002, and concluded with the 2003 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament's championship game on April 12, 2003, at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo, New York. This was the 56th season in which an NCAA ice hockey championship was held and is the 108th year overall where an NCAA school fielded a team. The 2002–03 season was the final year for the MAAC hockey conference when Iona and Fairfield ended their programs at the conclusion of the season.[1]

The NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament expanded to 16 teams for the first time in 2003. As a result, two regional sites were added for the new Northeast and Midwest brackets.

Contents

Pre-season pollsEdit

The top 15 from USCHO.com/CBS College Sports and the top 15 from USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine.[2]

USCHO.com/CBS College Sports
Ranking Team
1 Minnesota (22)
2 Denver (13)
3 Michigan (3)
4 New Hampshire (1)
5 Boston University (2)
6 Maine
7 Michigan State
8 Cornell
9 Boston College
10 Colorado College
11 St. Cloud State
12 Northern Michigan
13 North Dakota
14 Harvard
15 Ohio State
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
Ranking Team
1 Minnesota (12)
2 Michigan (1)
3 Denver (2)
4 New Hampshire
5 Boston University
6 Maine
7 Michigan State
8 Cornell
9 St. Cloud State
10 Colorado College
11 Northern Michigan
12t Boston College
12t North Dakota
14 Harvard
15 Ohio State

Regular seasonEdit

Season tournamentsEdit

Tournament Dates Teams Champion
Lefty McFadden Invitational October 4–5 4 Miami
Black Bear Classic October 11–12 4 Maine
Ice Breaker Tournament October 11–12 4 Boston University
Maverick Stampede October 11–12 4 Denver
Xerox College Hockey Showcase October 11–12 4 North Dakota
Nye Frontier Classic October 18–19 4 Colorado College
College Hockey Showcase November 29–December 1 4
Denver Cup December 27–28 4 Denver
Dodge Holiday Classic December 27–28 4 Minnesota
Subway Holiday Classic December 27–28 4 North Dakota
Florida College Classic December 28–29 4 Maine
Great Lakes Invitational December 28–29 4 Boston University
Ledyard Bank Classic December 28–29 4 Dartmouth
Rensselaer Holiday Tournament December 28–29 4 Merrimack
Badger Showdown December 29–30 4 Wisconsin
Beanpot February 3, 10 4 Boston University

Standings[3]Edit

Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
#6 Ferris State 28 22 5 1 45 121 64 42 31 10 1 188 100
#4 Michigan* 28 18 7 3 39 111 72 43 30 10 3 167 103
#12 Ohio State 28 16 8 4 36 90 63 43 25 13 5 129 95
#15 Michigan State 28 17 10 1 35 113 83 39 23 14 2 154 118
Northern Michigan 28 14 13 1 29 91 83 41 22 17 2 144 120
Miami 28 13 12 3 29 86 66 41 21 17 3 132 101
Notre Dame 28 13 12 3 29 90 90 40 17 17 6 122 123
Western Michigan 28 13 14 1 27 92 101 38 15 21 2 122 147
Alaska-Fairbanks 28 10 11 7 27 78 104 36 15 14 7 111 130
Nebraska-Omaha 28 9 17 2 20 64 97 40 13 22 5 98 135
Bowling Green 28 5 20 3 13 71 116 36 8 25 3 94 143
Lake Superior State 28 3 24 1 7 40 108 38 6 28 4 60 146
Championship: Michigan
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
Final rankings: USA Today/American Hockey Magazine Poll Top 15 Poll
Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Alabama-Huntsville 20 13 5 2 28 88 59 35 18 14 3 135 121
Niagara 20 11 4 5 27 77 60 37 15 17 5 126 133
Wayne State* 20 11 7 2 24 62 56 40 21 17 2 131 131
Bemidji State 20 10 6 4 24 58 46 36 14 14 8 95 98
Findlay 20 3 13 4 10 41 77 35 10 21 4 93 120
Air Force 20 2 15 3 7 45 73 37 10 24 3 98 146
Championship: Wayne State
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
Final rankings: USA Today/American Hockey Magazine Poll Top 15 Poll
Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
#1 Cornell†* 22 19 2 1 39 89 29 36 30 5 1 133 49
#10 Harvard 22 17 4 1 35 94 47 34 22 10 2 133 78
Dartmouth 22 13 9 0 26 77 71 34 20 13 1 127 110
Yale 22 13 9 0 26 94 73 32 18 14 0 121 107
Brown 22 10 8 4 24 65 54 35 16 14 5 96 83
Union 22 10 10 2 22 62 68 36 14 18 4 105 113
Clarkson 22 9 10 3 21 69 56 35 12 20 3 96 99
Colgate 22 9 10 3 21 49 71 40 17 19 4 96 127
St. Lawrence 22 7 12 3 17 65 80 37 11 21 5 103 129
Vermont 22 8 14 0 16 58 85 36 13 20 3 104 142
Rensselaer 22 4 15 3 11 49 84 40 12 25 3 94 134
Princeton 22 2 18 2 6 46 99 31 3 26 2 62 140
Championship: Cornell
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
Final rankings: USA Today/American Hockey Magazine Poll Top 15 Poll
Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
#3 New Hampshire†* 24 15 5 4 34 84 55 42 28 8 6 156 96
#8 Boston College 24 16 6 2 34 97 55 39 24 11 4 149 97
#9 Maine 24 14 6 4 32 81 61 39 24 10 5 140 91
Providence 24 12 9 3 27 76 71 36 19 14 3 126 104
#7 Boston University 24 13 10 1 27 78 66 42 25 14 3 143 112
Massachusetts 24 10 14 0 20 60 80 37 19 17 1 119 125
Merrimack 24 7 13 4 18 59 80 36 12 18 6 92 116
Massachusetts–Lowell 24 4 16 4 12 63 95 36 11 20 5 110 142
Northeastern 24 5 17 2 12 54 89 34 10 21 3 83 115
Championship: Maine
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
Final rankings: USA Today/American Hockey Magazine Poll Top 15 Poll
Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Mercyhurst†* 26 19 5 2 40 105 73 37 22 13 2 135 129
Quinnipiac 26 18 7 1 37 109 72 36 22 13 1 139 98
Holy Cross 26 14 11 1 29 81 67 36 17 18 1 109 105
Sacred Heart 26 13 10 3 29 79 62 35 14 15 6 95 86
Bentley 26 13 13 0 26 77 80 34 15 19 0 94 122
Army 26 13 13 0 26 67 72 34 18 16 0 93 92
Canisius 26 11 13 2 24 66 71 37 12 21 4 85 126
Iona 26 11 14 1 23 80 80 35 11 22 2 91 122
American International 26 9 16 1 19 66 105 32 10 20 2 83 137
Connecticut 26 7 16 3 17 74 102 34 8 23 3 91 148
Fairfield 26 7 17 2 16 67 87 33 8 23 2 86 121
Championship: Mercyhurst
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
Final rankings: USA Today/American Hockey Magazine Poll Top 15 Poll
Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
#5 Colorado College 28 19 4 5 43 125 70 42 30 7 5 190 103
#2 Minnesota* 28 15 6 7 37 106 81 45 28 8 9 189 122
#11 Minnesota State-Mankato 28 15 6 7 37 116 104 41 20 11 10 155 144
#13 North Dakota 28 14 9 5 33 103 82 43 26 12 5 172 120
#14 Minnesota-Duluth 28 14 10 4 32 95 80 42 22 15 5 153 119
St. Cloud State 28 12 11 5 29 96 85 38 17 16 5 124 118
Denver 28 11 11 6 28 95 85 41 21 14 6 152 102
Wisconsin 28 7 14 4 18 61 101 40 13 23 4 93 134
Michigan Tech 28 7 18 3 17 77 116 38 10 24 4 109 154
Alaska-Anchorage 28 0 22 6 6 41 111 36 1 28 7 57 143
Championship: Minnesota
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
Final rankings: USA Today/American Hockey Magazine Poll Top 15 Poll

2003 NCAA Tournament[4]Edit

First Round Regional Finals Frozen Four National Championship
            
1 Cornell 5
4 Minnesota State 4
1 Cornell 2**
East Regional
2 Boston College 1
2 Boston College 1
3 Ohio State 0
E1 Cornell 2
NE1 New Hampshire 3
1 New Hampshire 5
4 St. Cloud State 2
1 New Hampshire 3
Northeast Regional
2 Boston University 0
2 Boston University 6
3 Harvard 4
NE1 New Hampshire 1
W1 Minnesota 5
1 Colorado College 4
4 Wayne State 2
1 Colorado College 1
Midwest Regional
3 Michigan 3
2 Maine 1
3 Michigan 2
MW3 Michigan 2
W1 Minnesota 3*
1 Minnesota 9
4 Mercyhurst 2
1 Minnesota 7
West Regional
2 Ferris State 4
2 Ferris State 5
3 North Dakota 2

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

Player statsEdit

Scoring leaders[5]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
Peter Sejna Junior Colorado College 42 36 46 82 12
Chris Kunitz Senior Ferris State 42 35 44 79 47
Noah Clarke Senior Colorado College 42 21 49 70 15
Shane Joseph Junior Minnesota State-Mankato 41 29 36 65 6
Grant Stevenson Sophomore Minnesota State-Mankato 38 27 36 63 38
Brandon Bochenski Sophomore North Dakota 43 35 27 62 42
Tomas Vanek Freshman Minnesota 45 31 31 62 60
Zach Parise Freshman North Dakota 39 26 35 61 34
Jeff Legue Sophomore Ferris State 42 24 35 59 35
Ben Eaves Junior Boston College 36 18 39 57 18

Leading goaltenders[5]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
David LeNeveu Sophomore Cornell 32 1946 28 3 1 39 9 .940 1.20
Frank Doyle Sophomore Maine 21 1179 10 4 5 42 2 .915 2.14
Mike Ayers Junior New Hampshire 41 2499 27 8 6 91 7 .926 2.18
Matti Kaltianinen Sophomore Boston College 30 1843 18 9 3 68 1 .903 2.21
Mike Betz Junior Ohio State 36 2140 20 11 5 80 2 .903 2.24
Eddy Ferhi Senior Sacred Heart 29 1769 12 12 5 67 3 .924 2.27
Adam Berkhoel Junior Denver 26 1435 12 6 4 55 3 .908 2.30
Yann Danis Junior Brown 34 2074 15 14 5 80 5 .929 2.31
Al Montoya Freshman Michigan 43 2547 30 10 3 99 4 .911 2.33
Mike Brown Sophomore Ferris State 41 2403 30 10 1 94 4 .925 2.35

AwardsEdit

NCAAEdit

CCHAEdit

CHAEdit

ECACEdit

Hockey EastEdit

MAACEdit

WCHAEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  4. ^ "NCAA Tournament". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 13, 2013.
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  23. ^ "WCHA Awards". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 14, 2013.
  24. ^ "WCHA All-Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 14, 2013.
  25. ^ "WCHA All-Rookie Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 14, 2013.

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