When the NCAA announced its tournament field, something was missing: college hockey’s traditional royalty. Of the seven teams that have won five or more NCAA championships, only Denver (eight titles) made the field. The missing powers have combined for 38 the 71 national titles. A look at these six teams in reverse order of titles won:
* Boston University (5 NCAA titles): Terriers were 16-18-4, and four players already have left early to sign pro contracts.
* Boston College (5): These aren’t the Eagles of 2008-12, when they won three NCAA crowns. BC made it to the Hockey East final but lost to Northeastern and finished 14-22-3, missing the NCAA tournament for the third consecutive year.
* Minnesota (5): Gophers won seven of nine down the stretch to finish 18-16-4. They must replace their top three scorers and break in a new goalie.
* Wisconsin (6): Badgers went 14-18-5 with a young roster, so improvement in 2019-20 should be expected.
* North Dakota (8): Like the Gophers, UND (18-17-2) missed the NCAA field for the second consecutive year. The Fighting Hawks got a boost when captain Colton Poolman, an NCHC player of the year finalist, announced he’d return for his senior season.
* Michigan (9): A Frozen Four team a year ago, the Wolverines fell to 13-16-7. They’ll miss high-end defenseman Quinn Hughes, who left after two years for the NHL.