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1980 NCAA Division I Men's
Ice Hockey Tournament
Season 1979–80
Teams 5
Finals Site Providence Civic Center
Providence, Rhode Island
Champions North Dakota Fighting Sioux (3rd title, 6th title game,
8th Frozen Four)
Runner-Up Northern Michigan Wildcats (1st title game,
2nd Frozen Four)
Semifinalists Dartmouth Big Green (4th Frozen Four)
Cornell Big Red (7th Frozen Four)
Winning Coach Gino Gasparini (1st title)
MOP Doug Smail North Dakota
NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournaments
← 1979  1981 →

The 1980 NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Tournament was the culmination of the 1979–80 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey season, the 33rd such tournament in NCAA history. It was held between March 22 and 29, 1980, and concluded with North Dakota defeating Northern Michigan 5-2. The first round game was held at the home team venue while all succeeding games were played at the Providence Civic Center in Providence, Rhode Island.

Qualifying teams[1]Edit

The NCAA gave four teams automatic bids into the tournament. The two ECAC teams that reached the ECAC tournament final received bids as did the two WCHA co-champions. The NCAA also had the ability to add up to 4 additional teams as it saw fit and chose to include the CCHA tournament champion as well.

East West
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid
1 Cornell ECAC Hockey 16–13–0 Tournament champion 7th 1973 1 North Dakota WCHA 29–8–1 Tournament co-champion 8th 1979
2 Dartmouth ECAC Hockey 18–10–1 Tournament finalist 4th 1979 2 Minnesota WCHA 26–14–0 Tournament co-champion 9th 1979
At-Large
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid
A Northern Michigan CCHA 32–5–1 Tournament champion 1st Never

FormatEdit

The four automatic qualifiers were seeded according to pre-tournament finish. The ECAC champion was seeded as the top eastern team while the WCHA co-champion that finished highest in the regular season was given the top western seed. The second eastern seed was slotted to play the top western seed and vice versa. Because an at-large bid was offered to a western school they were placed in a first round game with the second western seed to determine the final semifinalist. The first round game was played at the home venue of the second seed while all succeeding games were played at the Providence Civic Center. All matches were Single-game eliminations with the semifinal winners advancing to the national championship game and the losers playing in a consolation game.

Tournament Bracket[2]Edit

  First Round
March 22
    Semifinals
March 27–28
    National Championship
March 29
                           
        E1 Cornell 4  
  W2 Minnesota 3     A Northern Michigan 5    
  A Northern Michigan 4         A Northern Michigan 2
      W1 North Dakota 5
      W1 North Dakota 4    
      E2 Dartmouth 1   Third Place Game
  E1 Cornell 4
  E2 Dartmouth 8

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

First RoundEdit

(W2) Minnesota vs. (A) Northern MichiganEdit


SemifinalEdit

(W1) North Dakota vs. (E2) DartmouthEdit


(E1) Cornell vs. (A) Northern MichiganEdit


Third Place GameEdit

(E1) Cornell vs. (E2) DartmouthEdit


National ChampionshipEdit

(W1) North Dakota vs. (A) Northern MichiganEdit


All-Tournament Team[3]Edit

* Most Outstanding Player(s)[4]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. "NCAA Division 1 Tournament", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on 2013-06-19. Archived from the original on 2013-06-21. 
  2. "NCAA Tournament", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on May 19, 2013. 
  3. "NCAA Frozen Four Records", NCAA.org. Retrieved on 2013-06-19. Archived from the original on 2013-06-22. 
  4. "NCAA Division I Awards", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on 2013-07-17. 
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