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Frozen Four Winners By Year List

By Debin Luitel / 17 August 2023 05:11 AM

Quinnipiac University won the 2023 National Championship
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Frozen Four winners by year are 1. Quinnipiac Bobcats 2. Denver Pioneers 3. UMass Minutemen 4. Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs, and more.

The NCAA Frozen Four is like the semi-finals of the yearly college hockey tournament, but it has a special name and gets more attention.

It takes place in a different city every year, and big arenas usually compete to host it. The 2024 tournament will take place in Xcel Energy Center from April 11 to April 13.

The Division I ice hockey championship is broadcasted live on ESPN+, with an experienced and insightful panel of commentators and analysts.

NCAA Frozen Four Winners

Quinnipiac University2023
University of Denver2022
University of Massachusetts2021
University of Minnesota Duluth2019, 2018
University of North Dakota2016
Providence College2015
Union College2014
Yale University2013
Boston College2012

Quinnipiac University - 2023

Quinnipiac Bobcats won the 2023 NCAA Division I men’s hockey national championship. The championship game was absolutely thrilling.

The Bobcats and Minnesota displayed incredible determination in their efforts to score goals. Quinnipiac faced a challenging situation as they were trailing 2-1 in the third period, but they managed to even the score with only a few minutes remaining.

Quinnipiac University ice hockey team celebrating after the victory
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As the game delved into overtime, the excitement grew exponentially. In a jaw-dropping turn of events, the Bobcats secured victory by scoring the winning goal a mere 10 seconds into the additional period.

This momentous achievement not only crowned them as national champions but also marked their first-ever national championship win. Their triumph brought immense honor and recognition to their university, solidifying their position as the ultimate winner.

University of Denver - 2022

The Denver Pioneers were crowned the champions of the 2022 Frozen Four. The championship took place in Denver from April 7 to April 9.

With an impressive track record and a strong determination to add another national title to their name, the Denver Pioneers truly shone throughout the tournament, displaying their incredible skills on the ice.

Pionner alma mater Henrik Borgstrom became the Calder Cup Champion
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In the final match against the formidable Minnesota State, the Denver Pioneers showcased their exceptional talent and remarkable teamwork.

The atmosphere was electric, with fans eagerly awaiting the outcome of this captivating showdown. Ultimately, the Pioneers emerged victorious with an incredible 5-1 win.

This triumph marked their ninth national title, establishing them as one of the most prominent college ice hockey programs in NCAA history.

The 2022 championship held in Denver will forever be remembered as a momentous event that epitomized the pinnacle of college ice hockey.

University of Massachusetts - 2021

The 2021 Frozen Four took place with Minnesota-Duluth, Massachusetts, St. Cloud State, and Minnesota State as the top qualifying teams.

UMass Minutemen ultimately emerged as the winner in the Loveland region, triumphing over Quinnipiac Bibcats and Minnesota Golden Gophers.

In the semifinals, UMass defeated Minnesota-Duluth in an intense overtime battle with Garrett Wait scoring the winning goal. St. Cloud State secured a victory over Minnesota State, thanks to Nolan Walker's goal in the final minute of regular play.

The championship game was dominated by Massachusetts, with goals from Aaron Bohlinger, Reed Lebster, Philip Lagunov, Matthew Kessel, and Bobby Trivigno leading to a 5-0 triumph.

Filip Lindberg of Massachusetts was named the tournament's most valuable player for his exceptional goaltending skills. Despite facing COVID-19 challenges, the Minutemen made history by winning their first national championship and bringing glory to their university.

Minnesota Duluth - 2019, 2018

Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs made history by winning the NCAA Division I men’s hockey national championship consecutively in 2019 and 2018.

Minnesota relished a stellar run of form as they defeated UMass 3-0 in 2019 and Notre Dame 2-1 in 2018 to claim their second and third national titles.

During the 2019 Frozen Four, the teams that made it to the semifinals were Providence College, Minnesota Duluth, Denver, and Massachusetts.

Goaltender Andrew Dietrich with the NCAA trophy
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Providence and Minnesota Duluth emerged as winners from their respective regions. In the semifinals, Minnesota Duluth triumphed over Providence with a 4-1 score, while Massachusetts secured a 4-3 overtime victory against Denver.

The championship game in Buffalo marked the first encounter between Minnesota Duluth and Massachusetts. With a crowd of 13,624 spectators present, the game showcased a strong defensive struggle.

However, Minnesota Duluth managed to break through in the third period, scoring three goals courtesy of Parker Mackay, Mikey Anderson, and Jackson Cates, resulting in a 3-0 victory.

Hunter Shepard, the talented goalie from Minnesota Duluth, earned MVP for his outstanding performance throughout the tournament. In the championship game, he made 18 impressive saves, achieving his seventh career shutout in the NCAA Tournament.

University of North Dakota - 2016

The University of North Dakota ice hockey team won the 2016 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament, also known as the Frozen Four.

The Fighting Hawks went past Northeastern University 6-2 in the semifinals and then defeated the University of Michigan 5-2 in the finals en route to winning the Midwest Regional bracket

In the Frozen Four semifinals, North Dakota played against the University of Denver. The game happened on April 7, 2016, at Amalie Arena in Tampa. After a tough battle, North Dakota won 4-2 with goals from Drake Caggiula, Brock Boeser, and Gage Ausmus.

The Fighting Hawks with the 2016 NCAA championship trophy
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In the championship game, North Dakota faced their rivals, the University of Denver, again. After a close match, Dillon Simpson scored the winning goal in the third period, and North Dakota won 5-1.

North Dakota displayed remarkable teamwork and an exceptional defense throughout the tournament, showcasing their prowess. Goalie Cam Johnson played a vital part in their triumphant journey by making remarkable saves.

Thanks to this impressive win, North Dakota Fighting Hawks clinched their eighth national championship, their first triumph since 2000.

One standout player from North Dakota was Brock Boeser, a skilled forward who was honored as the MOP of the tournament. Boeser's performance was nothing short of exceptional, as he scored an impressive 4 goals and contributed to an additional goal with his assistance.

Providence College - 2015

Providence Friars men's ice hockey joined the Frozen Four winners list in 2015. They won the East Regional bracket en route to the championship.

The Friars faced the University of Nebraska-Omaha in the semifinals and won 4-1. In that game, Mark Jankowski, Trevor Mingoia, Noel Acciari, and Nick Saracino scored goals for Providence.

In the championship game, Providence played against Boston University on 11 April at TD Garden in Boston. It was a very intense game, but Providence ended up winning 4-3 in overtime. Brandon Tanev scored the winning goal in the extra period.

Jon Gillies made some crucial saves that greatly contributed to their triumph and securing their first-ever national title in men's ice hockey.

Trevor Mingoia, a forward for Providence, was recognized as the Most Outstanding Player of the Tournament. Mingoia showcased his offensive prowess by scoring three goals and assisting one in the championship.

Union College - 2014

Union Dutchmen was one of the four best teams in the NCAA hockey tournament in 2016, as they ultimately went on to win the championship.

Union beat Vermont 5-2, with three goals from Daniel Ciampini, and later registered a 3-1 victory over Providence to secure a Frozen Four spot.

In the next match, the Dutchmen faced Boston College on April 10, 2014, in Philadelphia. The game was fiercely contested, but Union emerged victorious with a 5-4 win.

Contributing to their success, players such as Mike Vecchione, Daniel Ciampini, Shayne Gostisbehere, Eli Lichtenwald, and Matt Bodie each managed to score a goal for Union in that thrilling game.

Union College enjoyed a great run of success in 2014
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Moving on to the final round, Union went head-to-head with Minnesota on April 12, 2014, in Philadelphia. This game turned out to be a high-scoring affair, but Union once again came out on top with a 7-4 victory.

Standout performances were seen from Shayne Gostisbehere, Mike Vecchione, Eli Lichtenwald, Daniel Ciampini (scoring twice), Max Novak, and Kevin Sullivan, as they all contributed with a goal for Union.

This remarkable win marked the first time Union claimed the college hockey championship, forever etching their name in the history books.

Notably, Shayne Gostisbehere, who played as a defenseman for Union, emerged as the standout player of the entire tournament. Gostisbehere impressively notched one goal himself and aided in setting up seven additional goals for his team.

Yale College - 2013

2013 Frozen Four winner Yale Bulldogs demonstrated resilience, determination, and exceptional hockey prowess throughout the tournament.

During their journey to victory, Yale achieved two remarkable wins in their region. In an intense match against Minnesota, the game went into extra time, and it was Jesse Root who scored the winning goal for Yale, leading them to a 3-2 victory.

Following this thrilling win, they faced North Dakota, where Yale showcased their exceptional teamwork and individual skills. Kenny Agostino, Josh Balch, Andrew Miller, and Carson Cooper each contributed a goal, resulting in a 4-1 victory for Yale.

Reilly Connors is the 2023-24 captain for the Bulldogs.
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Yale played against Massachusetts-Lowell in the next round. It was a tight game, but Yale won 3-2 in extra time with a goal from Andrew Miller.

The Bulldogs played against Quinnipiac in the final round. The Bobcats were a quality team and had already beaten Yale three times before. 

But Yale played very well and won 4-0. Clinton Bourbonnais, Charles Orzetti, Andrew Miller, and Jesse Root scored one goal each for Yale.

Their goalie, Jeff Malcolm, stopped all the shots he faced. Captain Andrew Miller was the best player in the tournament, thanks to his two goals and three assists.

Boston College - 2012

Boston College had a stellar season, clinching both the Hockey East regular season and tournament titles. Prior to the Frozen Four, they achieved an impressive winning streak of 19 games.

The Eagles defeated Air Force with a 2-0 scoreline, with goals from Steven Whitney and Chris Kreider contributing to their victory. They continued their winning streak by defeating Minnesota-Duluth 4-0, with Pat Mullane, Johnny Gaudreau, Steven Whitney, and Paul Carey all finding the net.

The following round saw Boston College pitted against Minnesota in a nail-biting contest, which they ultimately won 6-1 thanks to a stellar three-goal performance by Johnny Gaudreau.

In the final round against Ferris State, who were considered the underdogs, the Eagles showcased exceptional skill, emerging victorious with a 4-1 scoreline. Steven Whitney, Paul Carey, Johnny Gaudreau, and Steven Whitney again were the goal scorers in this game.

Goaltender Parker Milner successfully defended against every shot he faced. The iconic triumph marked their fifth NCAA championship win.

Johnny Gaudreau of the Eagles proved himself as the tournament's standout player, scoring an impressive five goals and assisting in two others.

Boston University - 2009

The 2009 Frozen Four tournament came down to an intense face-off between the last four teams: Boston, Miami, Bemidji, and Vermont.

Determining the winner proved to be quite a challenge, as extra time was required. This marked the 13th instance this had occurred in the NCAA hockey tournament's history, the previous time being in 2002 when Minnesota triumphed over Maine.

Boston University ice hockey team for the upcoming 2023-24 season
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Colby Cohen, a talented second-year defenseman for Boston, ultimately scored the winning goal during the extended play. Notably, Cohen displayed exceptional skills throughout the tournament, helping his teammates score two additional goals.

Other standout players for Boston included Zach Cohen and Nick Bonino, who scored two goals in the final minute to equalize the game.

Matt Gilroy had an outstanding season and was regarded as the top player in college hockey that year. Additionally, Kieran Millan displayed his remarkable goaltending abilities, making numerous crucial saves in the final match.

Boston's season was truly remarkable with an impressive record of 35 wins, 6 losses, and 4 ties. They dominated their league, secured victory in their league tournament, and ultimately clinched the national championship title.

Their journey to the final game saw them triumphing over Ohio State with a resounding 8-3 victory, led by Jason Lawrence who contributed two goals and assisted in two more. The semifinal clash against New Hampshire was a tighter contest, resulting in a narrow 2-1 victory.