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The 2009 NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Tournament involved 16 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college ice hockey as the culmination of the 2008–09 season. The tournament began on March 27, 2009, and ended with the championship game on April 11.

Boston University, coached by Jack Parker, won its fifth national title (and first since 1995) with a 4–3 overtime victory in the championship game over Miami University, coached by Enrico Blasi. The game marked the thirteenth time the NCAA championship game has gone to overtime and the first since Minnesota's win over Maine in 2002.

Colby Cohen, sophomore defenseman for Boston University, scored the championship-winning goal in overtime and was named the Frozen Four's Most Outstanding Player.

Tournament procedure

The 2009 NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Championship was a single-elimination tournament featuring 16 teams representing all six Division I conferences in the nation. The Championship Committee seeded the entire field from 1 to 16 within four regionals of 4 teams. The winners of the six Division I conference championships received automatic bids to participate in the NCAA Championship.

In setting up the tournament, the Championship Committee sought to ensure "competitive equity, financial success and likelihood of playoff-type atmosphere at each regional site." A team serving as the host of a regional was placed within that regional. The top four teams were assigned overall seeds and placed within the bracket such that the national semifinals would feature the No. 1 seed versus the No. 4 seed and the No. 2 seed versus the No. 3 seed had the top four teams have won their respective regional finals. Number 1 seeds were also placed as close to their home site as possible, with the No. 1 seed receiving first preference. Conference matchups were avoided in the first round; should five or more teams from one conference have made the tournament, this guideline may have been disregarded in favor of preserving the bracket's integrity.

The four regionals were officially named after their geographic areas. The following were the sites for the 2009 regionals:
March 27 and 28
East Regional, Arena at Harbor Yardmarker - Bridgeport, Connecticutmarker (Hosts: Yale Universitymarker and Fairfield Universitymarker)
West Regional, Mariucci Arenamarker - Minneapolis, Minnesotamarker (Host: University of Minnesotamarker)


March 28 and 29
Midwest Regional, Van Andel Arenamarker - Grand Rapids, Michiganmarker (Hosts: Central Collegiate Hockey Association and Western Michigan Universitymarker)
Northeast Regional, Verizon Wireless Arenamarker - Manchester, New Hampshiremarker (Host: University of New Hampshiremarker)


Each regional winner advanced to the Frozen Four:
April 9 and 11
Verizon Centermarker - Washington, D.C.marker (Hosts: United States Naval Academymarker and the Greater Washington Sports Alliance)


Qualifying teams

The at-large bids and seeding for each team in the tournament were announced on March 22, 2009. The Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) and Hockey East each had four teams receive a berth in the tournament, while ECAC Hockey and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) each had three teams receive a berth, and Atlantic Hockey and College Hockey America (CHA) each had one team receive a berth.

East Regional – Bridgeportmarker Northeast Regional – Manchestermarker
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Seed School Conference Record Berth type
1 Michigan CCHA 29–11–0 At-large bid 1 Boston University Hockey East 31–6–4 Tournament champion
2 Yale ECAC Hockey 24–7–2 Tournament champion 2 North Dakota WCHA 24–14–4 At-large bid
3 Vermontmarker Hockey East 20–11–5 At-large bid 3 New Hampshire Hockey East 19–12–5 At-large bid
4 Air Force Atlantic Hockey 27–10–2 Tournament champion 4 Ohio State CCHA 23–14–4 At-large bid
West Regional – Minneapolismarker Midwest Regional – Grand Rapidsmarker
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Seed School Conference Record Berth type
1 Denver WCHA 23–11–5 At-large bid 1 Notre Dame CCHA 31–5–3 Tournament champion
2 Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 21–12–8 Tournament champion 2 Northeastern Hockey East 25–11–4 At-large bid
3 Princetonmarker ECAC Hockey 22–11–1 At-large bid 3 Cornell ECAC Hockey 21–9–4 At-large bid
4 Miami CCHA 20–12–5 At-large bid 4 Bemidji Statemarker CHA 18–15–1 Tournament champion


Brackets

The number in parentheses denotes overall seed in the tournament.

(*) denotes overtime period(s).

East Regional – Bridgeport, Connecticutmarker

Northeast Regional – Manchester, New Hampshiremarker

West Regional – Minneapolis, Minnesotamarker

Midwest Regional – Grand Rapids, Michiganmarker

Frozen Four – Verizon Centermarker, Washington, DCmarker

Game summaries

East Regional

Regional semifinals

(1) Michigan vs. (4) Air Force
(2) Yale vs. (3) Vermont

Regional final

(3) Vermont vs. (4) Air Force

Northeast Regional

Regional semifinals

(1) Boston University vs. (4) Ohio State
(2) North Dakota vs. (3) New Hampshire

Regional final

(1) Boston University vs. (3) New Hampshire

West Regional

Regional semifinals

(1) Denver vs. (4) Miami (OH)
(2) Minnesota-Duluth vs. (3) Princeton

Regional final

(2) Minnesota-Duluth vs. (4) Miami (OH)

Midwest Regional

Regional semifinals

(1) Notre Dame vs. (4) Bemidji State
(2) Northeastern vs. (3) Cornell

Regional final

(3) Cornell vs. (4) Bemidji State

Frozen Four

National semifinals

(NE1) Boston University vs. (E3) Vermont
(W4) Miami (OH) vs. (MW4) Bemidji State

National championship

(NE1) Boston University vs. (W4) Miami (OH)

Record by conference



Conference # of Bids Record Win % Regional Finals Frozen Four Championship Game Champions
CCHA 4 3–4 .429 1 1 1
Hockey East 4 7–3 .700 3 2 1 1
ECAC Hockey 3 1–3 .250 1
WCHA 3 1–3 .250 1
Atlantic Hockey 1 1–1 .500 1
CHA 1 2–1 .667 1 1


Tournament awards

East Regional

All-East Regional Team



MOP



Northeast Regional

All-Northeast Regional Team



MOP



West Regional

All-West Regional Team



MOP



Midwest Regional

All-Midwest Regional Team



MOP



Frozen Four

All-Tournament Team



MOP



References



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