The 1996 ECAC Tournament took place between March 5, 1996 and March 16, 1996 for the Men's Division I league and between March X, 1996 and March XX, 1996 for the Women's Division I league.

Men's Tournament Edit

The regular season champions were the Vermont Catamounts. Vermont was awarded an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament through their regular season championship.

The seeds for the men's tournament were:

Union and Yale did not qualify for the tournament.

Preliminary RoundEdit

The preliminary round was played on March 5 among the 7-10 seeds at the site of the higher seed. The winner of each game advanced to the Quarterfinal Round.

Meehan Auditorium - Providence, RI Final
#7 Brown 4
#10 Princeton 3
Houston Field House - Troy, NY Final (ot)
#8 Rensselaer 5
#9 Dartmouth 4

Quarterfinal RoundEdit

The Quarterfinal Round was held March 7-9 at the site of the higher seeds. The first team to accrue 3 points advanced to the Final Four.

Gutterson Fieldhouse - Burlington, VT Game 1 Game 2
#1 Vermont 56
#8 Rensselaer 24
Cheel Arena - Potsdam, NY Game 1 Game 2
#2 Clarkson 55
#7 Brown 23
Appleton Arena - Canton, NY Game 1 Game 2 Game 3
#3 St. Lawrence 234
#6 Harvard 528
Lynah Rink - Ithaca, NY Game 1 Game 2
#4 Cornell 88
#5 Union 31

ECAC Final FourEdit

The ECAC Championships took place March 15-16 at 1980 Olympic Arena in Lake Placid, New York. The games were single-elimination.

On March 15th, the remaining four teams took part in the semifinal round.

Semifinal #1 Final
#1 Vermont 3
#6 Harvard 4
Semifinal #2 Final
#2 Clarkson 0
#4 Cornell 3

The semifinal losers, Vermont and Clarkson, played in the consolation game on March 16th.

ECAC Third Place Game Final
#1 Vermont 3
#2 Clarkson 1

Rivals Cornell and Harvard met in the ECAC Championship game. The Big Red of Cornell won their record eighth ECAC championship. Cornell goaltender Jason Elliott was named the tournament's Most Oustanding Player. Cornell was awarded the ECAC's second automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

ECAC Championship Game Final
#4 Cornell 2
#6 Harvard 1

Clarkson, Cornell, and Vermont would go on to represent the ECAC in the NCAA Tournament.

Women's Tournament Edit

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