|1980 WCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament|
|Dates||March 7-15, 1980|
|Finals site|| Williams Arena|
Winter Sports Center
Grand Forks, North Dakota
|Champions|| Minnesota† (7th title)|
North Dakota‡ (4th title)
|Winning coach|| Brad Buetow (1st title)|
John Gasparini (2nd title)
| WCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournaments
The 1980 WCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was the 21st conference playoff in league history. The tournament was played between March 7 and March 15, 1980. All games were played at home team campus sites, including each of the two regional final series. By winning the regional tournaments, both Minnesota and North Dakota were invited to participate in the 1980 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.
Though not official designations, Minnesota is considered as the East Regional Champion† and North Dakota as the West Regional Champion‡.
The top eight teams in the WCHA, according to their final conference standings, were eligible for the tournament and were seeded No. 1 through No. 8. In the first round the first and eighth seeds, the second and seventh seeds, the third and sixth seeds and the fourth and fifth seeds were matched in two-game series where the school that scored the higher number of goals was declared the winner. After the first round the remaining teams were reseeded No. 1 through No. 4 according to their final conference standings and advanced to the second round. In the second round the first and fourth seeds and the second and third seeds competed in an additional two-game, total goal series with the winners of each being declared as co-conference champions.
Note: GP = Games Played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; PTS = Points; GF = Goals For; GA = Goals Against
|1979–80 Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings|
|Championship: Minnesota, North Dakota|
† indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
Teams are reseeded after the first round
|8||Michigan State||1||3||1||North Dakota||10||7|
Note: * denotes overtime period(s)
(1) North Dakota vs. (8) Michigan StateEdit
|March 7||North Dakota||8 – 1||Michigan State||Winter Sports Center|
|March 8||North Dakota||5 – 3||Michigan State||Winter Sports Center|
|North Dakota won series 13–4|
(2) Minnesota vs. (7) Michigan TechEdit
|March 7||Minnesota||7 – 2||Michigan Tech||Williams Arena|
|March 8||Minnesota||6 – 3||Michigan Tech||Williams Arena|
|Minnesota won series 13–5|
(3) Colorado College vs. (6) Minnesota-DuluthEdit
|March 7||Colorado College||4 – 3||Minnesota-Duluth||Broadmoor World Arena|
|March 8||Colorado College||7 – 6||Minnesota-Duluth||Broadmoor World Arena|
|Colorado College won series 11–9|
(4) Michigan vs. (5) Notre DameEdit
|March 7||Michigan||3 – 8||Notre Dame||Yost Ice Arena|
|March 8||Michigan||4 – 3||Notre Dame||Yost Ice Arena|
|Notre Dame won series 11–7|
(1) North Dakota vs. (5) Notre DameEdit
|March 14||North Dakota||10 – 4||Notre Dame||Winter Sports Center|
|March 15||North Dakota||7 – 4||Notre Dame||Winter Sports Center|
|North Dakota won series 17–8|
(2) Minnesota vs. (3) Colorado CollegeEdit
|March 14||Minnesota||5 – 3||Colorado College||Williams Arena|
|March 15||Minnesota||8 – 1||Colorado College||Williams Arena|
|Minnesota won series 13–4|
- ↑ "Minnesota Men's Team History". Retrieved on 2014-06-01.
- ↑ "North Dakota Men's Team History". Retrieved on 2014-06-01.
- ↑ "Brad Buetow Year-by-Year Coaching Record". Retrieved on 2014-06-01.
- ↑ "John "Gino" Gasparini Year-by-Year Coaching Record". Retrieved on 2014-06-01.
- ↑ "2009-10 WCHA Yearbook 113-128", WCHA. Retrieved on 2014-06-01.
- ↑ "2009-10 WCHA Yearbook 129-144", WCHA. Retrieved on 2014-06-01.
- 1979–80 WCHA Standings
- 1979–80 NCAA Standings
- 2013–14 Colorado College Tigers Media Guide
- 2013–14 Michigan Wolverines Media Guide; Through the Years
- 2013–14 Michigan State Spartans Media Guide; Section 5
- 2013–14 Minnesota Golden Gophers Media Guide
- 2012–13 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs Media Guide
- 2013–14 North Dakota Hockey Media Guide
- 2008–09 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Media Guide; History
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|1979–80 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey season|
|Conference||CCHA - ECAC - WCHA|
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