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2012 WCHA had 6 of the top 12 programs of all time. That's the first thing that comes to my mind.

Let me ask this of everyone, do people think that CC and Michigan Tech would have more success the past few decades if they weren't in such stacked conference? Maybe if we imagined them in the CCHA would they have more postseason conference success and thus make it easier for them to recruit?

I can give you a good example of why the answer to your question would be "no" - Northern Michigan. The Wildcats won the 1991 NCAA title as a member of the WCHA. How did the move to the CCHA pan out for them? Not good.

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Dave, I'd like to see a discussion of the jersey-rankings of the 20 NCAA champions. Please get to work on that too. Personally, I think the Lake Superior State jerseys are awfully tough to beat, but

The "problem" with Minnesota's pre-NCAA history is that there isn't really much of a way to quantify it in relation to today, or even other teams of the same era (unless they played). There was no NC

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A couple of things: The Boston College title years are incorrect - you have them winning in 2014 (Union won), but are missing their 2010 NC. So, the number of titles (five) is correct, but the years are incorrect. Also, you mention that UND has the shortest NC drought at 17 years, but Wisconsin went just 16 between their 1990 and 2006 titles. Overall, that is no doubt the top 5, and probably the order I would have them as well.

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I'm pretty sure you final analysis nailed it. I'd listen arguments why each of the big four could be #1 and none would be wrong. They are certainly close enough that whoever wins the next tourney could move to the head of the class.

In no order:

BC - Great history. Dominance unequaled in the York era. 8 Title games since 1998.

UND - Incredible new comer. Seven titles and may have the highest wins per season.

UM - Unrivaled history. Paved way for many midwestern programs.

UMich - 9 titles are hard to get no matter when they were played.

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A couple of things: The Boston College title years are incorrect - you have them winning in 2014 (Union won), but are missing their 2010 NC. So, the number of titles (five) is correct, but the years are incorrect. Also, you mention that UND has the shortest NC drought at 17 years, but Wisconsin went just 16 between their 1990 and 2006 titles. Overall, that is no doubt the top 5, and probably the order I would have them as well.

Thanks for the edit; I'll get it corrected.

And I was saying that UND had the shortest title drought of any in the top five (top two droughts are listed for each program):

Boston University: 23 (1948-1971), 17 (1978-1995)

Boston College: 52 (1949-2001), 7 (2001-2008)

Minnesota: 26 (1948-1974), 23 (1979-2002)

North Dakota: 17 (1963-1980), 14 (2000-2014)

Michigan: 32 (1964-1996), 16 (1998-2014)

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Really cool list, Dave. I appreciate your work and input on it. Very cool.

Someone needs to put together a "Top 20" jersey list of all-time...although it's pretty obvious that the late 1980's era Sioux jerseys would win that hands-down.

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Thanks for the edit; I'll get it corrected.

And I was saying that UND had the shortest title drought of any in the top five (top two droughts are listed for each program):

Boston University: 23 (1948-1971), 17 (1978-1995)

Boston College: 52 (1949-2001), 7 (2001-2008)

Minnesota: 26 (1948-1974), 23 (1979-2002)

North Dakota: 17 (1963-1980), 14 (2000-2014)

Michigan: 32 (1964-1996), 16 (1998-2014)

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I guess one could also argue that from the beginning of the tournament (1948) to Wisconsin's first (1973) was their longest drought, although they'd only had a team (modern era) since 1963-64. They won their first title before Minnesota won its first - amazing when you think about it.
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Now that we're finished ranking the twenty teams with at least one national championship, what are your thoughts on the programs most likely to break through and claim their first NCAA title?

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I liked what I saw out of Providence College in this year's tournament. I think they could be a sleeper-pick next season.

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