The 2016 NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Tournament was the national championship tournament for men's college ice hockey in the United States in 2016. The tournament involved 16 teams in single-elimination play to determine the national champion at the Division I level of the NCAA, the highest level of competition in college hockey. The tournament's Frozen Four – the semifinals and finals – were hosted by the University of Wisconsin and the Tampa Bay Sports Commission at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.
North Dakota defeated Quinnipiac 5-1 to win the program's 8th NCAA title.
This is the first year in NCAA college hockey history that a first year coach, Brad Berry, has won the NCAA title.
The tournament consisted of four groups of four teams in regional brackets. The four regionals are officially named after their geographic areas. The following were the sites for the 2016 regionals:March 25–26
, US Bank Arena – Cincinnati (Host: Miami University)
, DCU Center – Worcester, Massachusetts (Host: Holy Cross)
, Times Union Center – Albany, New York (Host: ECAC Hockey)
, Xcel Energy Center – St. Paul, Minnesota (Host: University of Minnesota)
The winner of each regional advanced to the Frozen Four:April 7–9
Amalie Arena – Tampa, Florida (Host: University of Wisconsin)
The at-large bids and seeding for each team in the tournament were announced on March 20. Hockey East had six teams receive a berth in the tournament, NCHC had four teams receive a berth, ECAC Hockey had three teams receive a berth, and one team from the Big Ten Conference, Atlantic Hockey, and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) received a berth.
Number in parentheses denotes overall seed in the tournament.
Note: * denotes overtime period(s)
ESPN has US television rights to all games during the tournament for the twelfth consecutive year. ESPN will air every game, beginning with the regionals, on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNews, ESPNU, or ESPN3 and will stream them online via WatchESPN.
In Canada, the tournament is broadcast by TSN and streamed on TSN Go.
RegionalsMidwest Regional: Allen Bestwick & Colby Cohen – Cincinnati, Ohio
Northeast Regional: John Buccigross, Barry Melrose & Quint Kessenich – Worcester, Massachusetts
West Regional: Clay Matvick & Sean Ritchlin – St. Paul, Minnesota
East Regional: Kevin Brown & Billy Jaffe – Albany, New York
Frozen Four & ChampionshipJohn Buccigross, Barry Melrose, & Quint Kessenich – Tampa, Florida
Westwood One has exclusive radio rights to the Frozen Four and will air both the semifinals and the championship.Sean Grande, Cap Raeder, & Shireen Saski