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1980–81 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey season

The 1980–81 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey season began in October 1980 and concluded with the 1981 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament's championship game on March 28, 1981 at the Duluth Arena in Duluth, Minnesota. This was the 34th season in which an NCAA ice hockey championship was held and is the 86th year overall where an NCAA school fielded a team.

For the first time the Hobey Baker Award was conferred after the conclusion of the regular season.

After the season four teams from the WCHA left to join the CCHA. As a result of dividing the four Big Ten schools that had previously been in the WCHA the Big Ten stopped declaring a conference ice hockey champion until the formation of a separate conference in 2013–14.

Contents

Regular seasonEdit

Season tournamentsEdit

Tournament Dates Teams Champion
Elmira Invitational November 14–15 4 St. Lawrence
North Country Thanksgiving Festival November 27–29 4 Clarkson
Empire Cup December 20–21 4 Colgate
I Love New York Tournament November 22–24 4 St. Lawrence
Great Lakes Invitational December 27–28 4 Michigan Tech
First National Hockey Tournament December 27–29 4 Cornell
Western Michigan Tournament December 28–29 4 Western Michigan
Rensselaer Holiday Tournament December 28–30 4 Maine
Auld Lang Syne Classic December 30–31 4 Dartmouth
Yale Invitational January 2–3 4 North Dakota
Colonial Bank Hockey Invitational January 3–4 4 Clarkson
Beanpot February 2, 9 4 Harvard

Standings[1][2][3]Edit

Conference Overall
GP W L T Pct. GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Minnesota 10 9 1 0 .900 61 35 45 33 12 0 261 174
Wisconsin 10 5 5 0 .500 45 45 42 27 14 1 218 155
Michigan 12 4 8 0 .333 42 54 40 23 17 0 185 161
Michigan State 8 2 6 0 .250 23 37 36 12 22 2 116 144
indicates conference regular season champion
Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Northern Michigan†* 22 18 4 0 36 115 81 44 27 14 3 201 158
Ohio State 22 15 6 1 31 107 82 39 24 12 3 189 149
Ferris State 22 13 9 0 26 101 92 36 20 14 2 166 144
Bowling Green 22 10 12 0 20 98 99 39 13 24 2 153 188
Western Michigan 22 8 13 1 17 99 107 36 15 19 2 178 165
Lake Superior State 22 6 15 1 13 101 134 36 14 21 1 183 202
Miami^ 12 0 11 1 1 42 68 35 16 17 2 174 142
Championship: Northern Michigan
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
^ Only Miami's road games were counted for conference standings
Conference Overall
GP W L T Pct. GF GA GP W L T GF GA
East Region
Boston College 22 13 6 3 .659 85 72 31 20 8 3 126 100
Northeastern 21 12 9 0 .571 118 104 26 13 13 0 140 139
Maine 21 12 9 0 .571 101 93 34 23 11 0 197 147
Providence* 22 12 9 1 .568 106 90 33 17 15 1 165 143
New Hampshire 24 13 10 1 .563 128 100 33 19 13 1 166 129
Boston University 22 10 12 0 .455 87 88 29 14 15 0 115 116
West Region
Clarkson 20 17 2 1 .875 119 65 37 26 7 4 202 119
Colgate 20 12 7 1 .625 99 84 35 21 12 2 194 150
Rensselaer 21 10 11 0 .476 98 83 29 16 13 0 158 118
St. Lawrence 22 9 12 1 .432 77 87 33 15 16 2 137 126
Vermont 22 4 16 2 .227 81 114 34 9 23 2 136 173
Ivy Region
Cornell 22 12 9 1 .568 95 79 31 19 11 1 144 110
Yale 21 11 9 1 .548 96 101 26 13 12 1 127 137
Princeton 21 10 11 0 .476 78 99 25 12 13 0 93 111
Harvard 21 8 12 1 .405 79 98 26 11 14 1 103 119
Dartmouth 22 8 14 0 .364 87 115 26 10 16 0 100 138
Brown 22 3 18 1 .159 67 125 26 5 20 1 83 144
Independent
Army^ - - - - - - - 35 21 13 1 230 160
Championship: Providence
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
^ Army had been accepted into ECAC Hockey but had not begun a conference schedule
Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Air Force 0 0 0 0 - - - 26 13 13 0 103 128
Alaska–Fairbanks 0 0 0 0 - - - 24 1 23 0
Northern Arizona 0 0 0 0 - - - 21 14 7 0
U.S. International 0 0 0 0 - - - 21 8 13 0
Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Minnesota†* 28 20 8 0 40 152 104 45 33 12 0 261 174
Wisconsin 28 17 11 0 34 131 101 42 27 14 1 218 155
Michigan Tech* 28 17 11 0 34 118 102 44 29 14 1 195 155
Denver 28 15 11 2 32 120 111 40 23 15 2 233 197
Michigan 28 15 13 0 30 138 122 40 23 17 0 185 161
North Dakota 28 14 12 2 30 133 134 38 21 15 2 186 168
Colorado College 28 12 16 0 24 128 142 36 17 19 0 174 183
Minnesota-Duluth 28 11 17 0 22 120 150 39 17 21 1 165 197
Notre Dame 28 9 18 1 19 100 137 36 13 21 2 139 166
Michigan State 28 7 20 1 15 82 119 36 12 22 2 116 144
Championship: Michigan Tech, Minnesota
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion

1981 NCAA Tournament[4]Edit

  Quarterfinals
March 19–21
Semifinals
March 25–26
National Championship
March 27
                                 
E1 Clarkson 2 6 8  
W4 Wisconsin 3 6 9  
  W4 Wisconsin 5  
  W2 Northern Michigan 1  
W2 Northern Michigan 7 3 10
E3 Cornell 3 4 7  
  W4 Wisconsin 6
  W1 Minnesota 3
W1 Minnesota 9 5 14  
E4 Colgate 4 4 8  
  W1 Minnesota 7 Third Place Game
  W3 Michigan Tech 2  
E2 Providence 3 5 8 W2 Northern Michigan 2
W3 Michigan Tech 7 6 13   W3 Michigan Tech 5

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

Player statsEdit

Scoring leaders[5]Edit

The following players led the league in points at the conclusion of the season.

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes

Player Class Team GP G A Pts PIM
Aaron Broten Sophomore Minnesota 45 47 59 106 24
Steve Ulseth Senior Minnesota 45 41 52 93 18
Steve Bozek Junior Northern Michigan 44 35 55 90 46
Jeff Pyle Junior Northern Michigan 40 35 53 88 20
Bryan Erickson Sophomore Minnesota 44 39 47 86 30
Troy Murray Freshman North Dakota 38 33 45 78 28
Scott Lecy Senior Wisconsin 42 26 49 75 44
Ross Fitzpatrick Junior Western Michigan 36 28 43 71 22
Neal Broten Sophomore Minnesota 36 17 54 71 56
Dan Fridgen Junior Colgate 33 37 31 68 164
Bryan Cleaver Senior Clarkson 37 24 44 68 38

Leading goaltenders[5]Edit

The following goaltenders led the league in goals against average at the end of the regular season while playing at least 33% of their team's total minutes.

GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime/shootout losses; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

Player Class Team GP Min W L OT GA SO SV% GAA
Don Sylvestri Freshman Clarkson 29 1740 22 3 4 84 2 .904 2.92
Gary Laskoski Junior St. Lawrence 21 1196 10 10 1 64 0 .895 3.21
Frank Krieber Senior Michigan Tech 28 1701 - - - 91 1 .895 3.21
Jeff Poeschl Freshman Northern Michigan 32 1853 - - - 101 0 .895 3.27
Marc Behrend Sophomore Wisconsin 16 913 11 4 1 50 0 .909 3.29
Alain Chevrier Freshman Miami 19 1053 8 10 1 73 0 - 3.40
Darren Eliot Sophomore Cornell 18 912 8 7 0 52 1 .908 3.42
Scott Robinson Junior Denver 31 1885 17 12 2 110 0 .882 3.50
Mike Blake Senior Ohio State 37 2098 22 9 3 125 2 .896 3.57
Brian Hayward Junior Cornell 19 967 11 4 1 58 1 .904 3.60

AwardsEdit

NCAAEdit

CCHAEdit

ECACEdit

WCHAEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2012-13 CCHA Media Guide". CCHA. Retrieved 2014-06-29.
  2. ^ "2008-09 ECAC Hockey Media Guide" (PDF). ECAC Hockey. Retrieved 2014-06-29.
  3. ^ "2008-09 WCHA Yearbook 113-128" (PDF). WCHA. Retrieved 2014-06-29.
  4. ^ "NCAA Tournament". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  5. ^ a b "1980-81 NCAA Division I Statistics". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 2016-06-04.
  6. ^ "NCAA Division I Awards". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved June 11, 2013.
  7. ^ "Men's Ice Hockey Award Winners" (PDF). NCAA.org. Retrieved June 11, 2013.
  8. ^ "CCHA Awards". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  9. ^ "CCHA All-Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  10. ^ "ECAC Awards". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  11. ^ "ECAC All-Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  12. ^ "WCHA Awards". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  13. ^ "WCHA All-Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013.

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