The 1980 Rink – Herb Brooks Arena will be the fifth different venue and sixth time the men’s championship has experienced a location change in the league’s history. The championship has previously been conducted at Boston Arena (1962-66), Boston Garden (1967-92), Olympic Arena in Lake Placid, NY (1993-02), Pepsi Arena/Times Union Center (2003-10), and Boardwalk Hall (2011-2013).
Cornell has reached the league’s championship weekend in each of the last five seasons, ECAC Hockey’s longest active streak. The Big Red has also advanced to the finals in each of the last three seasons, capturing the program’s 12th ECAC Hockey title in 2010. That was the last time the event was held at Times Union Center in Albany before a sojourn to Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. The 2012-13 championship will also be held in Atlantic City before the move to Lake Placid.