Michigan State Before Joining the CCHA

Michigan State joined the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) prior to the 1981-82 season. The Spartans competed in a few different leagues before then. They were among the first members of the Midwest Intercollegiate Hockey League (MIHL) in 1951-52 before that group became the Western Intercollegiate Hockey League (WIHL) in 1953-54. Those schools then formed the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA), which began play in 1959-60. Michigan State remained in the WCHA until joining the CCHA. Meanwhile, Michigan State also competed in the Big Ten from 1958-59 until formal Big Ten play ceased in 1980-81.

52 53 54 55 56 57 58 60* 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 Colorado College 1 5 T4 1 3 1 2 4 7 7 T5 6 7 7 7 7 7 9 8 8 9 9 3 6 T8 T5 T8 3 7 Denver T2 4 T4 T4 T5 5 3 1 1 3 T1 2a 6 4 2 1 2 T2 2 1 1 3 9 T7 4 1 6 10 4 Michigan T2 2 2 2 1 2 6 5 3 2 7 1a 5 5 4 4 4 6 9 6 10 7 6 4 3 T7 10 4 T5 MICH. STATE 6 7 6 7 7 7 5 7 6 4 T5 7 4 6 5 6 6 7 4 T4 4 4 5 2 T8 10 T8 T7 10 Michigan Tech 7 6 7 T4 2 4 7 2 4 1 3 4 2b 1 3 2 1 T2 1 7 5 1 2 1 6 3 7 T7 T2 Minnesota 5 1 1 3 4 6 4 6 2 6 4 3 3 T2 8 5 5 1 5 10 6 2 1 3 7 4 2 2 1 Minn.-Duluth -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 8 6 8 8 8 6 T4 8 6 8 T7 10 T7 T3 6 8 North Dakota 4 3 3 6 T5 3 1 3 5 5 T1 5 1b T2 1 3 3 5 7 3 7 10 10 T7 5 T5 1 1 T5 Notre Dame -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 9 2 8 7 5 2 T7 5 5 9 Wisconsin -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 4 3 2 3 5 4 T7 1 2 T3 T7 T2 a -- in WCHA playoffs, Denver defeated Michigan to win McNaughton Cup b -- in WCHA playoffs, Michigan Tech defeated North Dakota to win McNaughton Cup * -- no league play during 1958-59 season BIG TEN 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 Michigan 3 2 1 1 3 1 3 3 2 1 1 T3 4 2 4 T3 T2 2 2 2 T3 2 3 MICHIGAN STATE 1 3 3 2 2 3 2 2 1 3 2 T3 1 3 T1 T3 4 1 4 4 T3 3 4 Minnesota 2 1 2 3 1 2 1 1 3 2 4 1 3 4 3 T1 1 3 3 3 1 1 1 Ohio State -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 5 -- 5 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 5 Wisconsin -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 3 2 2 1 T1 T1 T2 4 1 1 2 4 2 Note: From 1959 to 1981, Big Ten standings were determined by regular season WCHA games between Michigan, Michigan State and Minnesota. Ohio State, a non-WCHA member, played two games against Wisconsin in 1969, two against Michigan State in 1971 and two against Minnesota in 1981. ALL-TIME BIG TEN STANDINGS W L T PCT YRS GMS TITLES Minnesota 122 93 11 .562 23 226 10 Wisconsin 82 65 5 .556 13 152 5 Michigan 110 120 6 .479 23 236 5 MICHIGAN STATE 94 124 6 .433 23 224 5 Ohio State 0 6 0 .000 3 6 0 TOTALS 408 408 28 .500 23 436 23+ + Includes two co-championships