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
For the first time, the 7-10 seeds played in the quarterfinals without a single-game play-in round.
The seeds for the men's tournament were:
- 1. Yale
- 2. Clarkson
- 3. Rensselaer
- 4. Brown
- 5. Harvard
- 6. Colgate
- 7. Princeton
- 8. Cornell
- 9. Vermont
- 10. St. Lawrence
The first round was played during March 13-15 at the site of the higher seed. The first team to accrue 3 points advanced to the Final Five.
|Ingalls Rink - New Haven, CT||Game 1 (ot)||Game 2 (ot)||Game 3|
|#10 St. Lawrence||3||3||1|
|Cheel Arena - Potsdam, NY||Game 1 (ot)||Game 2|
|Houston Field House - Troy, NY||Game 1||Game 2||Game 3|
|Meehan Auditorium - Providence, RI||Game 1||Game 2||Game 3|
|Bright Hockey Center - Boston, MA||Game 1||Game 2|
ECAC Final FiveEdit
The ECAC Championships took place March 19-21 at 1980 Olympic Arena in Lake Placid, New York. The games were single-elimination.
On March 19th, the two lowest seeds, Princeton and Cornell, competed in the Play-in game.
On March 20th, the remaining four teams took part in the semifinal round.
The semifinal losers, Yale and Harvard, played in the consolation game on March 21st.
|ECAC Third Place Game||Final|
Princeton and Clarkson met in the ECAC Championship game. For the second straight year, the Golden Knights reached the final game only to be denied. This time, they lost to a cinderella Princeton team, which became the first team to win the ECAC championship after a sub-.500 season when Syl Apps scored in double overtime, giving Princeton its first ever ECAC title. Princeton forward Jeff Halpern was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Princeton was awarded the ECAC's second automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
|ECAC Championship Game||Final (ot)|
Princeton, Clarkson, and Yale would move on to represent the ECAC in the NCAA tournament.