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NCAA 2021 2021 Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship selections announced

INDIANAPOLIS— The NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee has selected the 16 teams that will participate in the 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship.

The league playoff format has four predetermined regional sites with four teams assigned to each site. Regional winners advance to the men’s Frozen Four. The entire league uses a single elimination format.

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Automatic qualification privileges are granted to the postseason champions of the six conferences. The rest of the field is generally selected.

North Dakota was the number 1 seed overall. The other seeds n. 1, in order, include Boston College, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

The dates, places, times and matches of this year’s championship are as follows:

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Fargo Regional, March 26-27

Scheels Arena, Fargo, North Dakota

  • No. 2 Michigan (15-10-1) vs. # 3 Minnesota Duluth (14-10-2)
    • Friday 26 March | 4pm ET | ESPNU / Watch ESPN
  • No. 1 North Dakota (21-5-1) vs. No. 4 American International (15-3-0)
    • Friday 26 March | 21:30 ET | ESPN3 / Watch ESPN
  • Fargo Regional Championship
    • Saturday 27 March | 18:30 ET | ESPNU / Watch ESPN

Bridgeport Regional, March 26-27

Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport, Connecticut

  • No. 1 Wisconsin (20-9-1) vs. No. 4 State of Bemidji (15-9-3)
    • Friday 26 March | 13:00 ET | ESPN2 / Watch ESPN
  • n. 2 Massachusetts (16-5-4) vs. N. 3 Lake Superior State (19-6-3)
    • Friday 26 March | 18:30 ET | ESPNU / Watch ESPN
  • Bridgeport Regional Championship
    • Saturday 27 March | 4pm ET | ESPNU / Watch ESPN

Loveland Regional, March 27-28

Budweiser Events Center, Loveland, Colorado

  • No. 2 State of Minnesota (20-4-1) vs. N. 3 Quinnipiaco (17-7-4)
    • Saturday 27 March | 4pm ET | ESPN3 / Watch ESPN
  • No. 1 Minnesota (23-6-0) vs. No. 4 Omaha (14-10-1)
    • Saturday 27 March | 21:00 ET | ESPNU / Watch ESPN
  • Loveland Regional Championship
    • Sunday 28 March | 8 pm ET | ESPN2 / Watch ESPN

Albany Regional, March 27-28

Times Union Center, Albany, New York

  • No. 1 Boston College (17-5-1) vs. No. 4 Notre Dame (14-13-2)
    • Saturday 27 March | 13:00 ET | ESPN News / Watch ESPN
  • No. 2 St. Cloud State (17-10-0) vs. No. 3 Boston U. (10-4-1)
    • Saturday 27 March | 18:30 ET | ESPN News / Watch ESPN
  • Albanian Regional Championship
    • Sunday 28 March | 17:30 ET | ESPN2 / Watch ESPN

Frozen Four for men, 8 and 10 April

PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Fargo Regional Champion vs. Bridgeportport Regional Champion
  • Regional Champion Albany vs. Loveland Regional Champion
    • Thursday 8 April | 5pm & 9pm ET | ESPN2 / WatchESPN (order of games to be defined)
  • National Championship
    • Saturday 10 April | 7pm ET | ESPN or ESPN2 / WatchESPN

The following conferences and teams have received automatic qualification:

Atlantic Hockey Association – American international
Big Ten Conference – Minnesota
ECAC Hockey – Saint Lawrence*
*Saint Lawrence was replaced as an automatic ECAC Hockey qualifier by Quinnipiac after Saint Lawrence had to withdraw from the championship due to NCAA health and safety protocols.
East Hockey Association – Massachusetts
National Collegiate Hockey Conference – North Dakota
Western Collegiate Hockey Association – State of Lake Superior

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