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2016 NCAA Men’s Division I Ice Hockey Championship TV Schedule (‪March 25-April 9, 2016‬)

The networks of ESPN will televise the entire NCAA Men’s Division I Ice Hockey Championship tournament live for its twelfth consecutive year in 2016.

Twelve regional games will be played from March 25-27. Ten of those games will air on either ESPN2 or ESPNU; the remaining two will be streamed online on the ESPN3 service.

Both Frozen Four semifinal matchups will air on ESPN2 Thursday, Apr. 7 and the National Championship will air on ESPN on the evening of Saturday, Apr. 9. Games in April will be played at the Amelie Arena in Tampa, Fla. Additionally, ESPN3 will offer ESPN3 Surround for all three games, which will feature alternate camera angles and natural sound. 

ESPN has televised every Frozen Four Championship Game since 1980 and televised the entire Frozen Four, live, since 1995.

Every game of the 2016 Men’s Division I Ice Hockey Championship is also available on WatchESPN.

ESPN’s lead hockey play-by-play commentator John Buccigross teams up with lead hockey analyst Barry Melrose to call the action in the Northeast Regional (Worcester, Mass.) and, for the fourth consecutive year, the Frozen Four. Quint Kessenich will, once again, be the reporter with Buccigross and Melrose at both the Northeast Regional and Frozen Four.

Victoria Arlen will also be a part of the Frozen Four coverage, focusing on the untold stories of the participating teams and players off the ice.

Buccigross, the popular SportsCenter anchor, has developed a passionate following on Twitter (@Buccigross) through consistent college hockey dialogue with fans (#cawlidgehawkey) and by showcasing hockey throughout the country.

Melrose, who has been with ESPN 19 of the last 20 years and has been an analyst for several Frozen Fours, played 11 seasons in the NHL before leading the Los Angeles Kings to the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals as head coach.

Other ESPN broadcast tandems: Allen Bestwick and Colby Cohen (Midwest Regional), Clay Matvick and Sean Ritchlin (West Regional) and Kevin Brown and Billy Jaffe (East Regional). Both Jaffe and Ritchlin played at Michigan and Cohen played for Boston University, where he scored the game-winning goal in the 2009 National Championship Game.

The following are the scheduled game start times (all times Eastern; start times subject to change), locations and respective networks of tournament action:

Friday, March 25, 2016

2:00 p.m. on ESPNU: Midwest Region Semifinal
Northeastern vs. (#3) North Dakota
Location: US Bank Arena (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Announcers: Allen Bestwick and Colby Cohen

4:30 p.m. on ESPN3: Northeast Region Semifinal
Minnesota-Duluth vs. (#4) Providence
Location: DCU Center (Worcester, Mass.)
Announcers: John Buccigross, Barry Melrose, Quint Kessenich

5:30 p.m. on ESPNU: Midwest Region Semifinal
Notre Dame vs. Michigan
Location: US Bank Arena (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Announcers: Allen Bestwick and Colby Cohen

8:00 p.m. on ESPNU: Northeast Region Semifinal
Harvard vs. Boston College
Location: DCU Center (Worcester, Mass.)
Announcers: John Buccigross, Barry Melrose, Quint Kessenich

Saturday, March 26, 2016

3:00 p.m. on ESPNEWS: West Region Semifinal
Ferris State @ (#2) St. Cloud State
Location: Xcel Energy Center (St. Paul, Minn.)
Announcers: Clay Matvick and Sean Ritchlin

4:00 p.m. on ESPNU: East Region Semifinal
RIT vs. (#1) Quinnipiac
Location: Times Union Center (Albany, N.Y.)
Announcers: Kevin Brown and Billy Jaffe

6:00 p.m. on ESPN2: Midwest Region Final
(#3) North Dakota vs. Michigan
Location: US Bank Arena (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Announcers: Allen Bestwick and Colby Cohen

6:30 p.m. on ESPNU: West Region Semifinal
Boston University vs. Denver
Location: Xcel Energy Center (St. Paul, Minn.)
Announcers: Clay Matvick and Sean Ritchlin

7:30 p.m. on ESPN3: East Region Semifinal
Yale vs. UMass-Lowell
Location: Times Union Center (Albany, N.Y.)
Announcers: Kevin Brown and Billy Jaffe

9:00 p.m. on ESPNU: Northeast Region Final
Minnesota-Duluth vs. Boston College
Location: DCU Center (Worcester, Mass.)
Announcers: John Buccigross, Barry Melrose, Quint Kessenich

Sunday, March 27, 2016

5:00 p.m. on ESPNU: West Region Final
Ferris State vs. Denver
Location: Xcel Energy Center (St. Paul, Minn.)
Announcers: Clay Matvick and Sean Ritchlin

7:30 p.m. on ESPNU: East Region Final
(#1) Quinnipiac vs. UMass-Lowell
Location: Times Union Center (Albany, N.Y.)
Announcers: Kevin Brown and Billy Jaffe

Thursday, April 7, 2016

5:00 p.m. on ESPN2: Frozen Four Semifinal No. 1
Location: Amelie Arena (Tampa, Fla.)
Announcers: John Buccigross, Barry Melrose and Quint Kessenich

8:30 p.m. on ESPN2 and ESPN3: Frozen Four Semifinal No. 2
Location: Amelie Arena (Tampa, Fla.)
Announcers: John Buccigross, Barry Melrose and Quint Kessenich

Saturday, April 9, 2016

8:00 p.m. on ESPN: Frozen Four Championship Game
Location: Amelie Arena (Tampa, Fla.)
Announcers: John Buccigross, Barry Melrose and Quint Kessenich

Written by Douglas Pucci

Douglas Pucci (a.k.a. “Son of the Bronx”) has worked with Mr. Berman for more than a decade. A Bronx native, NYU graduate and once-intern for VH1's "Pop Up Video," Pucci went on to design, build and maintain websites for various non-profit organizations in his hometown of New York City. He also contributes to the sports website Awful Announcing.

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