- ECAC East champion: Norwich Cadets (7th appearance, 1 championship)
- ECAC West champion: Plattsburgh Cardinals (11th appearance, 3 championships)
- Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champion: St. Thomas Tommies (3rd appearance, 0 championships)
- New England Small College Athletic Conference champion: Trinity Bantams (2nd appearance, 0 championships)
- Northern Collegiate Hockey Association champion: Lake Forest Foresters (2nd appearance, 0 championships)
- Elmira Soaring Eagles (11th appearance, 3 championships)
- Middlebury Panthers (12th appearance, 3 championships)
- Wisconsin-River Falls Falcons (8th appearance, 0 championships)
- All 8 teams have previously appeared in the tournament
- The tournament teams account for 10 titles between them
- The longest tournament appearance drought belonged to the Trinity Bantams who last appeared in 2010.
- The two previous champions (Elmira '13 and Plattsburgh St '14) qualified for the tournament
Eight teams participate in a single elimination tournament with the first round on campus sites and the semifinal and final rounds held at the home rink of the highest seeded semifinalist.
- Plattsburgh Cardinals defeated St. Thomas Tommies 4-1
- Norwich Cadets defeated Middlebury Panthers 3-2
- Wisconsin-River Falls Falcons defeated Lake Forest Foresters 3-1
- Elmira Soaring Eagles defeated Trinity Bantams 3-2
- Plattsburgh Cardinals defeated Norwich Cadets 5-2
- Elmira Soaring Eagles defeated Wisconsin-River Falls Falcons 3-2
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