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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.

Conference StandingsEdit

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

Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Vermont 22 17 2 3 37 86 45 38 27 7 4 149 91
Clarkson 22 16 4 2 34 97 59 38 25 10 3 152 105
St. Lawrence 22 15 4 3 33 107 74 35 20 12 3 144 132
Cornell* 22 14 4 4 31 94 66 34 21 9 4 139 108
Colgate 22 13 5 4 30 95 60 34 17 13 4 136 117
Harvard 22 9 12 1 19 76 71 34 13 20 1 111 114
Brown 22 5 11 6 16 60 81 32 9 15 8 99 124
Rensselaer 22 7 13 2 16 63 77 35 10 22 3 116 131
Dartmouth 22 6 14 2 14 57 88 30 7 30 3 83 130
Princeton 22 5 14 2 13 59 81 30 7 19 4 78 117
Union 22 4 15 3 11 55 83 30 7 19 4 83 100
Yale 22 4 17 1 9 53 109 31 7 23 1 80 145
Championship: Cornell
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
Final rankings: USA Today/American Hockey Magazine Coaches Poll Top 10 Poll

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.