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NCAA.com | March 20, 2016

2016 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 be participating in the 2016 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 the five conferences. The remainder of the field is selected at large.

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Quinnipiac University was the No. 1 overall seed. The other No. 1 seeds, in order, include St. Cloud State University, the University of North Dakota and Providence 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

Saturday, March 26, 4 p.m. Eastern time, ESPNU/WatchESPN

No. 1 Quinnipiac (29-3-7) vs. No. 4 RIT (18-14-6)

Saturday, March 26, 7:30 p.m. Eastern time, ESPN3/WatchESPN

No. 2 Massachusetts Lowell (24-9-5) vs. No. 3 Yale (19-8-4)

Sunday, March 27, 7:30 p.m. Eastern time, ESPNU/WatchESPN

East Regional Championship

Northeast Regional, March 25-26

DCU Center, Worcester, Massachusetts

Friday, March 25, 4:30 p.m. Eastern time, ESPN3/WatchESPN

No. 1 Providence (27-6-4) vs. No. 4 Minnesota Duluth (18-15-5)

Friday, March 25, 8 p.m. Eastern time, ESPNU/WatchESPN

No. 2 Boston College (26-7-5) vs. No. 3 Harvard (19-10-4)

Saturday, March 26, 9 p.m. Eastern time, ESPNU/WatchESPN

Northeast Regional Championship

Midwest Regional, March 25-26

U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio

Friday, March 25, 2 p.m. Eastern time, ESPNU/WatchESPN

No. 1 North Dakota (30-6-4) vs. No. 4 Northeastern (22-13-5)

Friday, March 25, 5:30 p.m. Eastern time, ESPNU/WatchESPN

No. 2 Michigan (24-7-5) vs. No. 3 Notre Dame (19-10-7)

Saturday, March 26, 6 p.m. Eastern time, ESPN2/WatchESPN

Midwest Regional Championship

West Regional, March 26-27

Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Saturday, March 26, 3 p.m. Eastern time, ESPNews/WatchESPN

No. 1 St. Cloud State (31-8-1) vs. No. 4 Ferris State (19-14-6)

Saturday, March 26, 6:30 p.m. Eastern time, ESPNU/WatchESPN

No. 2 Denver (23-9-6) vs. No. 3 Boston U. (21-12-5)

Sunday, March 27, 5 p.m. Eastern time, ESPNU/WatchESPN

West Regional Championship

Men’s Frozen Four, April 7 and 9

Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida

Thursday, April 7, 5 and 8:30 p.m. Eastern time, ESPN2/WatchESPN

(order of games TBD)

East Regional Champion vs. Northeast Regional Champion

Midwest Regional Champion vs. West Regional Champion

Saturday, April 9, 8 p.m. Eastern time, ESPN/WatchESPN

National Championship

The following conferences and teams received automatic qualification:

Atlantic Hockey Association – RIT

Big Ten Conference – Michigan

ECAC Hockey – Quinnipiac

Hockey East Association – Northeastern

National Collegiate Hockey Conference – St. Cloud State Western Collegiate Hockey Association – Ferris State

To purchase tickets for all the regional sites and the Frozen Four in addition to all information about the championship, log on to www.NCAA.com/FrozenFour.

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