The 2012 Hockey East Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was played between March 8 and March 17, 2012 at campus locations and at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston College Eagles won their eleventh Hockey East Tournament and earned the Hockey East's automatic bid into the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.

Format

The tournament featured three rounds of play. The teams that finish below eighth in the conference are not eligible for tournament play. In the first round, the first and eighth seeds, the second and seventh seeds, the third seed and sixth seeds, and the fourth seed and fifth seeds played a best-of-three with the winner advancing to the semifinals. In the semifinals, the highest and lowest seeds and second highest and second lowest seeds play a single-elimination game, with the winner advancing to the championship game. The tournament champion receives an automatic bid to the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.

Regular season standings

Note: GP = Games Played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; PTS = Points; GF = Goals For; GA = Goals Against

ConferenceOverall
GPWLTPTSGFGAGPWLTGFGA
#1 Boston Collegedagger*271971399660443310115789
#11 Boston University27179135101703923151139112
#9 Massachusetts–Lowell271791359068382413112694
#13 Maine27151023291804023143133114
#17 Merrimack271395317065371812710283
New Hampshire27111422468743715193108110
Providence2710143236889381420494122
Massachusetts2791442283923613185114118
Northeastern279144227382341316597101
Vermont27323175411434627173140
Championship: Boston College 4, Maine 1
dagger indicates conference regular season champion; * indicates conference tournament champion
Rankings: USCHO.com Top 20 Poll

Bracket

 Quarterfinals
March 10–13
Semifinals
March 18
Championship
March 19
                
 1 Boston College231 Boston College4 
8 Massachusetts127 Providence2 
 2 Massachusetts-Lowell33*0
7 Providence521  1 Boston College4
 4 Maine1
 3 Boston University245**
6 New Hampshire3**24
 4 Maine2223 Boston University3
5 Merrimack1514 Maine5 

Note: * denotes overtime periods

Quarterfinals

(1) Boston College vs. (8) Massachusetts

Boston College Wins Series 2-0


(2) Massachusetts-Lowell vs. (7) Providence

Providence Wins Series 2-1


(3) Boston University vs. (6) New Hampshire

Boston University Wins Series 2-1


(4) Maine vs. (5) Merrimack

Maine Wins Series 2-1


Semifinals

(1) Boston College vs. (7) Providence


(3) Boston University vs. (4) Maine


Championship

(1) Boston College vs. (4) Maine


Tournament awards

All-Tournament Team[1]

* Tournament MVP(s)