NCAA men's ice hockey championship

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NCAA men's ice hockey championship
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2023 Division I Championship
SportIce hockey
No. of teams16
CountryUnited States
Most recent
Division I - Quinnipiac Bobcats Division III - Adrian College
TV partner(s)ESPN

NCAA men's ice hockey championship refers to either of the two tournaments in men's ice hockey – one in Division I and one in Division III – contested by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) since 1971.[1] The NCAA Division II Men's Ice Hockey Tournament, contested from 1978 to 1984 and from 1993 to 1999, was discontinued due to a lack of Division II conferences sponsoring ice hockey.

Since 1999, the semifinals and finals for the Division I championship have been branded as the "Frozen Four", echoing the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament's "Final Four".

The NCAA started a Women's Frozen Four beginning with the 2000–01 season.

The Hobey Baker Award ceremony, Hockey Humanitarian Award ceremony, and Town Hall Meeting take place annually during Frozen Four weekend.[2]

The 2020 Championships were cancelled due to ongoing concerns over the coronavirus.[3][4][5]

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  1. ^ "NCAA page for men's ice hockey". Archived from the original on October 29, 2013. Retrieved 2008-05-15.
  2. ^ "Hobey Baker Award". Retrieved 2008-05-15.
  3. ^ "NCAA Cancels Hockey Tournaments, Ending Top-Ranked Cornell Hockey Teams' Seasons". 12 March 2020.
  4. ^ "Gophers hockey cancellation: 'What are we even supposed to do?'".
  5. ^ "Canceled: Michigan vs. Ohio State in Big Ten hockey semifinal". 13 March 2020.