Road to the Championship
There are 60 NCAA member institutions that sponsor Division I Men’s Ice Hockey teams and are eligible to compete in the National Championship. All 60 programs support approximately 1,800 Men’s Ice Hockey student-athletes across the country.
The 2018 Division I Men’s Hockey Championship provides for a field of 16 teams to compete in a single elimination tournament. Of the 16 teams, 6 conference champions will receive automatic qualification with the remaining best 10 teams being selected on an at-large basis by the Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee. A total of 4 teams will be seeded with each of the seeded teams being placed at 1 regional site.
Selection Show | March 18, 2018
The NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship bracket will be announced Sunday, March 18.
Regionals | March 23-25, 2018
Regionals for the NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship will be held March 23-25 at 4 locations. At each site, 4 teams will compete in single-elimination Regional Semifinal competition. The 2 winning teams will then compete against each other in single-elimination Regional Final competition at the same site. The winning team from each of the 4 Regionals will advance to the Frozen Four in Saint Paul.
|2018 DI MEN'S ICE HOCKEY REGIONALS|
|East||Bridgeport, Conn.||Webster Bank Arena||Yale and Fairfield||March 23-24|
|West||Sioux Falls, S.D.||Denny Sanford Premier Center||North Dakota||March 23-24|
|Northeast||Worcester, Mass.||DCU Center||Holy Cross||March 24-25|
|Midwest||Allentown, Pa.||PPL Center||Penn State and Spectra||March 24-25|
Frozen Four | April 5 and 7, 2018
The 2018 NCAA Men’s Frozen Four will be held at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul. The national semifinals will be held April 5 and the national championship game will take place April 7. This is the 71st annual NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship and the first time Chicago will host this premier college men’s ice hockey championship event.