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 Poll Top 15 Poll
The regular season champions were the Cornell Big Red.
The seeds for the men's tournament were:
- 1. Cornell
- 2. Clarkson
- 3. Harvard
- 4. Dartmouth
- 5. Rensselaer
- 6. Princeton
- 7. Colgate
- 8. Brown
- 9. St. Lawrence
- 10. Yale
Union and Vermont did not qualify for the tournament.
The first round was played during March 8-9 at the site of the higher seed. The teams played a best of 3 series.
|Lynah Rink - Ithaca, NY||Game 1||Game 2|
|Cheel Arena - Potsdam, NY||Game 1||Game 2|
|#9 St. Lawrence||1||1|
|Bright Hockey Center - Boston, MA||Game 1||Game 2 (ot)|
|Thompson Arena - Hanover, NH||Game 1 (ot)||Game 2|
|Houston Field House - Troy, NY||Game 1||Game 2|
ECAC Final FiveEdit
The ECAC Championships took place March 14-16 at 1980 Olympic Arena in Lake Placid, New York. The games were single-elimination.
On March 14th, the two lowest seeds, Dartmouth and Rensselaer, competed in the Play-in game.
On March 15th, the remaining four teams took part in the semifinal round.
The semifinal losers, Clarkson and Rensselaer, played in the consolation game on March 16th.
|ECAC Third Place Game||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
Long time rivals Cornell and Harvard met in the ECAC Championship game. 6,518 watched the longest ECAC Championship Game in history. Tyler Kolarik broke the deadlock 16:26 into the second overtime period. He was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Harvard was awarded the ECAC's automatic bid.
|ECAC Championship Game||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||2OT||Final|
Both Harvard and Cornell would represent the ECAC in the NCAA Tournament.