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This is the 1961-62 ECAC season.  This was the conference's first season.  The conference was a loose coalition of 28 essentially independent teams that were used to determine the eastern representatives in the NCAA tournament.  The teams played anywhere from 7 to 25 games.

StandingsEdit

Team                                  GP  W  L T  Pct  GF  GA
Colby Mules                           19 17  1 1 .921 124  30
Harvard Crimson                       20 18  2 0 .900 103  30
Clarkson Golden Knights               15 13  1 1 .900  97  28
Williams Ephs                         20 16  3 1 .825 159  64
Army Black Knights                    19 14  4 1 .763  81  40
Colgate Raiders                       24 18  6 0 .750 140  57
Rensselaer Engineers                  16 12  4 0 .750  99  56
Cornell Big Red                       16 11  5 0 .688  68  45
MIT Engineers                         15 10  5 0 .667  70  49
St. Lawrence Saints                   15  9  5 1 .633  83  47 
New Hampshire Wildcats                17 10  7 0 .588 100  63
Boston College Eagles                 25 13 11 0 .540  84  75
Merrimack Warriors                    13  7  6 0 .539  71  52
Providence Friars                     17  8  7 2 .529  74  65
Middlebury Panthers                   17  8  8 1 .500  83  81
Bowdoin Polar Bears                   21 10 11 0 .476  89  73 
Massachusetts Minutemen               18  8 10 0 .444  84  94
Norwich Cadets                        20  8 11 1 .425 105 103
Princeton Tigers                      21  8 12 1 .405  60  88
Dartmouth Big Green                   20  8 10 0 .400 101 122
Yale Bulldogs                         21  7 14 0 .333  78  87
Boston University Terriers            24  7 16 1 .313  71 119
Northeastern Huskies                  23  7 16 0 .304  83 136
Brown Bears                           24  7 17 0 .292  82 122
Connecticut Huskies                   12  2  8 2 .250  30  86
American International Yellow Jackets 19  4 15 0 .211  78 160
Hamilton Continentals                 15  1 13 1 .100  24  72
Amherst Lord Jeffs                    15  1 14 0 .067  20 143

Conference TournamentEdit

The 1962 ECAC Tournament was the first regional hockey tournament held in the east. The single-elimination tournament was held in order to determine the two eastern participants in the 1962 NCAA Tournament.

The participants were:

This was not the top eight teams in the conference, in fact Providence finished with the 14th best winning percentage

Colby had previously attained the best record among teams in the east, in the ECAC's first season.

The quarterfinal round were held at home rinks on March 6, 1962. In each case, the home team won and advanced to the semifinals at Boston Arena.

The advancing quarterfinalists were:

  • Clarkson (defeated Providence 6-3)
  • Colby (defeated Rensselaer 7-6)
  • Harvard (defeated Army 2-1 in overtime)
  • St. Lawrence (defeated Boston College 9-4)

On March 9, 1962, the semifinal round was played. The winners were guaranteed to advance to the NCAA Tournament in Utica, New York.

  • St. Lawrence defeated Harvard 6-5
  • Clarkson defeated Colby 4-1

The final round took place the next day, March 10.

  • Harvard defeated Colby 2-0 to take third place
  • St. Lawrence defeated Clarkson 5-2 to win the first ECAC Championship.

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