Men’s Hockey 2010 Championship Field

The quest for the Frozen Four begins on Friday

March 21, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS—The NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee has selected the 16 teams that will be participating in the 2010 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship.

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. The entire championship uses a single-elimination format.

Automatic qualification privileges are granted to the postseason champions of six conferences. The remainder of the field is selected at large.

Miami University (Ohio) was the No. 1 overall seed. The other No. 1 seeds, in order, included the University of Denver, the University of Wisconsin, Madison and Boston College.

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

East Regional, March 26-27
Times Union Center, Albany, New York

Friday, March 26, 3 p.m. Eastern time, ESPNU HD
No. 1 Denver (27-9-4) vs. No. 4 Rochester Institute of Technology (26-11-1)

Friday, March 26, 6:30 p.m. Eastern time, ESPNU HD
No. 2 Cornell (21-8-4) vs. No. 3 New Hampshire (17-13-7)

Saturday, March 27, 6:30 p.m. Eastern time, ESPNU HD
East Regional Championship

West Regional, March 26-27
Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Friday, March 26, 5:30 p.m. Eastern time, ESPN Syndication HD/ESPN360.com (ESPNU tape delay – Friday, March 26, 11:30 p.m. Eastern time)
No. 2 St. Cloud State (23-13-5) vs. No. 3 Northern Michigan (20-12-8)

Friday, March 26, 9 p.m. Eastern time, ESPNU HD
No. 1 Wisconsin (25-10-4) vs. No. 4 Vermont (17-14-7)

Saturday, March 27, 9 p.m. Eastern time, ESPNU HD
West Regional Championship

Northeast Regional, March 27-28
DCU Center, Worcester, Massachusetts

Saturday, March 27, 1:30 p.m. Eastern time, ESPN Syndication/ESPN360.com (ESPNU tape delay – Sunday, March 28, 9:30 a.m. Eastern time)
No. 1 Boston College (25-10-3) vs. No. 4 Alaska Fairbanks (18-11-9)

Saturday, March 27, 5 p.m. Eastern time, ESPN Syndication/ESPN360.com (ESPNU tape delay – Sunday, March 28, noon Eastern time)
No. 2 North Dakota (25-12-5) vs. No. 3 Yale (20-9-3)

Sunday, March 28, 5:30 p.m. Eastern time, ESPNU
Northeast Regional Championship

Midwest Regional, March 27-28
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Saturday, March 27, 4 p.m. Eastern time, ESPNU
No. 1 Miami (Ohio) (27-7-7) vs. No. 4 Alabama-Huntsville (12-17-3)

Saturday, March 27, 7:30 p.m. Eastern time, ESPN Syndication/ESPN360.com (ESPNU tape delay – Saturday, March 27, 11:30 p.m. Eastern time)
No. 2 Bemidji State (23-9-4) vs. No. 3 Michigan (25-17-1)

Sunday, March 28, 8 p.m. Eastern time, ESPNU
Midwest Regional Championship

Men’s Frozen Four, April 8 and 10
Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

Thursday, April 8, 5 and 8:30 p.m. Eastern time, ESPN2 HD/ESPN360.com (order of games TBD)
Midwest Regional Champion vs. Northeast Regional Champion
East Regional Champion vs. West Regional Champion

Saturday, April 10, 7 p.m. Eastern time, ESPN HD/ESPN360.com
National Championship

The following conferences and teams received automatic qualification:

Atlantic Hockey Association – Rochester Institute of Technology
Central Collegiate Hockey Association – Michigan
College Hockey America – Alabama-Huntsville
ECAC Hockey – Cornell
Hockey East Association – Boston College
Western Collegiate Hockey Association – North Dakota

For more information about the championship, log on to www.NCAA.com.

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