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First, let’s take a look at a couple of teams that just barely missed the cut.
1995-96 Michigan (33-7-2)
The 1996 Michigan national championship team is probably best remembered for Mike Legg’s crazy lacrosse-style goal against Minnesota in the NCAA Regional Tournament game, but Michigan did indeed go on to win it all that season.
Michigan beat Colorado College 3-2 in overtime to win their ninth national championship. The Wolverines were led by the great Red Berenson, and future NHL players such as Marty Turco and Brendan Morrison.
1964-65 Michigan Tech (24-5-2)
Given recent years, I am sure it’s difficult to imagine Michigan Tech as a powerhouse, but during the 1960s and '70s, they were. During this era, this small hockey program in copper country would win three national titles and make eight appearances in the NCAA Frozen Four.
This championship team was toward the beginning of its tenure as an elite college hockey program. The Huskies finished with a record of 24-5-2.
The team featured Hall of Fame goalie Tony Esposito and was coached by John MacInnes, one of college hockey’s greatest coaches. The 8-2 stomping of Boston College gave MacInnes his second of three national titles.
Photo: The 1964-65 Michigan Tech championship team included NHL star Tony Esposito.