|1981 ECAC Men's Ice Hockey Tournament|
|Dates||March 10–14, 1981|
|Finals site|| Boston Garden|
|Champions||Providence (2nd title)|
|Winning coach||Lou Lamoriello (1st title)|
|MVP||Kurt Kleinendorst (Providence)|
| ECAC Men's Ice Hockey Tournaments
The 1981 ECAC Hockey Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was the 20th tournament in league history. It was played between March 10 and March 14, 1981. Quarterfinal games were played at home team campus sites, while the 'final four' games were played at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. By winning the tournament, Providence received the ECAC's automatic bid to the 1981 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.
The tournament featured three rounds of play, all of which were single-elimination. The three teams that were division champions automatically qualified for the tournament while the remaining five seeds were given to the teams with the highest winning percentage. The top four seeds were given out to the three division champions and the top qualifier and assorted based upon winning percentage. The remaining four seeds were assigned to the other qualifiers and assorted based upon winning percentage. In the quarterfinals the first seed and eighth seed, the second seed and seventh seed, the third seed and sixth seed and the fourth seed and fifth seed played against one another. In the semifinals, the highest seed plays the lowest remaining seed while the two remaining teams play with the winners advancing to the championship game and the losers advancing to the third place game. The tournament champion receives an automatic bid to the 1981 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.
Note: GP = Games Played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; Pct. = Winning Percentage; GF = Goals For; GA = Goals Against
|1980–81 ECAC Hockey standings|
† indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
^ Army had been accepted into ECAC Hockey but had not begun a conference schedule
Teams are reseeded after the first round
Note: * denotes overtime period(s)
(1) Clarkson vs. (8) New HampshireEdit
|March 10||Clarkson||3 – 2||New Hampshire||Walker Arena|
(2) Boston College vs. (7) ProvidenceEdit
|March 10||Boston College||2 – 5||Providence||McHugh Forum|
(3) Colgate vs. (6) NortheasternEdit
|March 10||Colgate||5 – 3||Northeastern||Starr Rink|
(4) Cornell vs. (5) MaineEdit
|March 10||Cornell||7 – 4||Maine||Lynah Rink|
(1) Clarkson vs. (7) ProvidenceEdit
|March 13||Clarkson||3 – 4||OT||Providence||Boston Garden|
(3) Colgate vs. (4) CornellEdit
|March 13||Colgate||3 – 4||Cornell||Boston Garden|
(1) Clarkson vs. (3) ColgateEdit
|March 14||Clarkson||3 – 3||OT||Colgate||Boston Garden|
(4) Cornell vs. (7) ProvidenceEdit
|March 14||Cornell||4 – 8||Providence||Boston Garden|
- Kurt Kleinendorst (Providence)
- ↑ "Providence Men's Team History", USCHO.com. Retrieved on 2014-04-23.
- ↑ "Lou Lamoriello Year-by-Year Coaching Record", USCHO.com. Retrieved on 2013-05-22.
- ↑ "ECAC Awards", College Hockey Historical Archive. Retrieved on 2014-04-23.
- ↑ "ECAC Tournament", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on 2014-04-23.
- ↑ "2008-09 ECAC Hockey Media Guides", ECAC Hockey. Retrieved on 2014-04-23.
- ↑ "Men's All-Tournament Teams", ECAC Hockey. Retrieved on 2014-04-26. Archived from the original on 2013-07-02.
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