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
The seeds for the men's tournament were:
- 1. Clarkson
- 2. Brown
- 3. Harvard
- 4. Colgate
- 5. Vermont
- 6. Rensselaer
- 7. Princeton
- 8. St. Lawrence
- 9. Cornell
- 10. Union
The preliminary round was played on March 7 among the 7-10 seeds at the site of the higher seed. The winner of each game advanced to the Quarterfinal Round.
|Hobey Baker Rink - Princeton, NJ||Final|
|Appleton Arena - Canton, NY||Final (ot)|
|#8 St. Lawrence||2|
The Quarterfinal Round was held March 10-12 at the site of the higher seeds. The first team to accrue 3 points advanced to the Final Four.
|Cheel Arena - Potsdam, NY||Game 1||Game 2|
|Meehan Auditorium - Providence, RI||Game 1||Game 2||Game 3 (ot)|
|Bright Hockey Center - Boston, MA||Game 1 (ot)||Game 2|
|Starr Rink - Hamilton, NY||Game 1||Game 2||Game 3|
ECAC Final FourEdit
The ECAC Championships took place March 17-18 at 1980 Olympic Arena in Lake Placid, New York. The games were single-elimination.
On March 17th, the remaining four teams took part in the semifinal round.
The semifinal losers, Clarkson and Colgate, played in the consolation game on March 18th.
|ECAC Third Place Game||Final|
Rensselaer and Princeton met in the ECAC Championship game. The RPI Engineers, making their second straight apperance in the title game, won their third ECAC championship, their first since their National Championship season a decade earlier. Rensselaer goaltender Mike Tamburro was named the tournament's Most Oustanding Player. Rensselaer was awarded the ECAC's second automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
|ECAC Championship Game||Final|
Clarkson and Rensselaer would be the only ECAC representitives in the NCAA Tournament - the league did not gain any at-large bids.