2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship Selections

2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship Selections

TAMPA, Fla. – The NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee has selected the 16 teams that will be participating in the 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship, and four will end up in Tampa Bay to claim the title!

The championship playoff format involves four predetermined regional sites with four teams assigned to each site. The four regional winners advance to the Men’s Frozen Four, taking place in Tampa Bay, and the entire championship uses a single-elimination format.

Automatic qualification privileges are granted to the postseason champions of five conferences and the remainder of the field is selected at large.  Boston College in the Hockey East Association conference was the No. 1 overall seed, and other teams that received automatic qualification included Air Force in the Atlantic Hockey Association conference, Western Michigan in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association conference, Union (New York) in the ECAC Hockey conference, and North Dakota in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association conference.

The dates, sites, times and pairings of this year’s championship are as follows:

East Regional, March 23-24 at Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard, Bridgeport, Connecticut:

Friday, March 23, 3 p.m. (EST), ESPNU HD/ESPN3

No. 1 Union (New York) (24-7-7) vs. No. 4 Michigan State (19-15-4)

Friday, March 23, 6:30 p.m. (EST), ESPNU HD/ESPN3

No. 2 Miami (Ohio) (24-12-2) vs. No. 3 Massachusetts-Lowell (23-12-1)

Saturday, March 24, 6:30 p.m. (EST), ESPNU HD/ESPN3

East Regional Championship

Midwest Regional, March 23-24 at Resch Center, Green Bay, Wisconsin:

Friday, March 23, 5:30 p.m. (EST), ESPN Syndication HD/ESPN3 (ESPNU HD tape delay – Friday, March 23, 11:30 p.m. (EST))

No. 2 Ferris State (23-11-5) vs. No. 3 Denver (25-13-4)

Friday, March 23, 9 p.m. (EST), ESPNU HD/ESPN3

No. 1 Michigan (24-12-4) vs. No. 4 Cornell (18-8-7)

Saturday, March 24, 9 p.m. (EST), ESPNU HD/ESPN3

Midwest Regional Championship

West Regional, March 24-25 at Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, Minnesota:

Saturday, March 24, 1:30 p.m. (EST), ESPN Syndication HD/ESPN3 (ESPNU HD tape delay – Sunday, March 25, 12:30 p.m. (EST))

No. 1 North Dakota (25-12-3) vs. No. 4 Western Michigan (21-13-6)

Saturday, March 24, 5 p.m. (EST), ESPN Syndication HD/ESPN3 (ESPNU HD tape delay – Sunday, March 25, 3 p.m. (EST))

No. 2 Minnesota (26-13-1) vs. No. 3 Boston University (23-14-1)

Sunday, March 25, 5:30 p.m. (EST), ESPNU HD/ESPN3

West Regional Championship

Northeast Regional, March 24-25 at DCU Center, Worcester, Massachusetts:

Saturday, March 24, 4 p.m. (EST), ESPNU HD/ESPN3

No. 1 Boston College (29-10-1) vs. No. 4 Air Force (21-10-7)

Saturday, March 24, 7:30 p.m. (EST), ESPN Syndication HD/ESPN3 (ESPNU HD tape delay – Saturday, March 24, 11:30 p.m. (EST))

No. 2 Minnesota Duluth (24-9-6) vs. No. 3 Maine (23-13-3)

Sunday, March 25, 8 p.m. (EST), ESPNU HD/ESPN3

Northeast Regional Championship

Men’s Frozen Four, April 5 and 7 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa, Florida:

Thursday, April 5, 4:30, ESPNU HD/ESPN3 and 8 p.m. (EST), ESPN2 HD/ESPN3

Northeast Regional Champion vs. West Regional Champion

East Regional Champion vs. Midwest Regional Champion

Saturday, April 7, 7 p.m. (EST), ESPN2 HD/ESPN3

National Championship

Tickets for the 2012 NCAA Men’s Frozen Four are on sale now.  Reserved all-session tickets for both the semifinals and the championship game (three games total) are $195 and can be purchased by visitingwww.NCAA.com/frozenfour .