One of the most storied programs in NCAA play since joining Hockey East in the 1980s, the University of Maine boasts 17 tournament appearances, including 11 trips to the Frozen Four, five title games, and two national championships.
The legendary Shawn Walsh built the Black Bears into the
sport in Maine, and national prominence behind the bench with two of the most memorable championship games in NCAA history -- 1993 and 1999 -- with the latter coming on the heels of an unprecedented three-year tournament drought. Walsh's warriors also lost one in between -- the 1995 thumping by BU, 6-2.
After Walsh lost a courageous battle with kidney cancer 10 years ago, his assistant, Tim Whitehead, continued the program's success highlighted by two gut-wrenching, one-goal title-game losses: in 2002 to Minnesota in OT, 4-3, and in '05 to Denver in a 1-0 final.