Note: GP = Games Played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; PTS = Points; GF = Goals For; GA = Goals Against
† indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
Final rankings: USA Today/American Hockey Magazine Coaches Poll Top 10 Poll
The seeds for the men's tournament were:
- 1. Clarkson
- 2. Cornell
- 3. Vermont
- 4. Rensselaer
- 5. Union
- 6. Princeton
- 7. Colgate
- 8. Harvard
- 9. St. Lawrence
- 10. Yale
The preliminary round was played on March 4 among the 7-10 seeds at the site of the higher seed. The winner of each game advanced to the Quarterfinal Round.
|Starr Rink - Hamilton, NY||Final|
|Bright Hockey Center - Boston, MA||Final|
|#9 St. Lawrence||2|
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.
|Cheel Arena - Potsdam, NY||Game 1||Game 2|
|Lynah Rink - Ithaca, NY||Game 1 (ot)||Game 2|
|Gutterson Fieldhouse - Burlington, VT||Game 1||Game 2||Game 3|
|Houston Field House - Troy, NY||Game 1||Game 2|
ECAC Final FourEdit
The ECAC Championships took place March 14-15 at 1980 Olympic Arena in Lake Placid, New York. The games were single-elimination.
On March 14th, the remaining four teams took part in the semifinal round.
The semifinal losers, Rensselaer and Princeton, played in the consolation game on March 15st.
|ECAC Third Place Game||Final|
Cornell and Clarkson met in the ECAC Championship game. The Big Red of Cornell won their second straight ECAC title, and record ninth overall. Also for the second straight year, Cornell netminder 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|
Clarkson, Cornell, and Vermont would go on to represent the ECAC in the NCAA Tournament.