As this year's NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament gets underway in Grand Rapids this afternoon, I wanted to properly pay respects to the University of Michigan's men's hockey NCAA Tournament streak. The Wolverines had their streak of 22 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances snapped last weekend in the last ever CCHA Championship Game, falling 3-1 to Notre Dame.
To put Michigan's NCAA Tournament streak into perspective, the Wolverines have been going to the NCAA Tournament every season since I was nine years old. Over that streak, Michigan ended the Eagles 1998 season in heartbreaking fashion, notching a 3-2 OT victory in Boston to win the program's ninth and most recent National Championship. BC, however, has won the last two NCAA Tournament games against the Wolverines in 2001 and 2004.
With Michigan out of the National Tournament for the first time since 1990, here are the active NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament appearance streaks:
11 - North Dakota
8 - Miami
6 - Denver
4 - Boston College
3 - Union
2 - Massachusetts-Lowell, Minnesota
1 - Quinnipiac, Canisius, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Notre Dame, St. Cloud State, Minnesota State, Yale, Niagara
It will only take 11 more consecutive National Tournament appearances for the [REDACTED] to catch Michigan's NCAA Tournament appearance streak. In an era of players jumping to the NHL or the CHL before finishing four years at a school, I doubt we'll ever see anything like Michigan's consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance streak ever again.
For Eagles fans, this puts things in perspective. We shouldn't take anything for granted from this recent run of postseason success under Coach York. Nothing, not even an annual trip to the National Tournament, is a given. Ask Boston University.