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INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee has selected the 16 teams that will participate in the 2012 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 is given to the postseason champions of five conferences. The remainder of the field is selected at large.

Boston College was the No. 1 overall seed. The other No. 1 seeds, in order, included Michigan, Union (N.Y.) and North Dakota.

The following conferences and teams received automatic qualification:

AUTOMATIC QUALIFYING CONFERENCES
Conference Qualifier Conference Qualifier
Atlantic Hockey Association Air Force Hockey East Association Boston College
Central Collegiate Hockey Association Western Michigan Western Collegiate Hockey Association North Dakota
ECAC Hockey Union (N.Y.)    
NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY
School Appearances Last Appearance Championships
Air Force 5 2011 0
Boston College 31 2011 4
Boston University 32 2009 5
Cornell 19 2010 2
Denver 22 2011 7
Ferris State 2 2003 0
Maine 18 2007 2
Massachusetts-Lowell 4 1996 0
Miami (Ohio) 10 2011 0
Michigan 35 2011 9
Michigan State 27 2008 3
Minnesota 33 2008 5
Minnesota-Duluth 8 2011 1
North Dakota 27 2011 7
Union 2 2011 0
Western Michigan 5 2011 0