Feb. 28, 2013
BOSTON/NEW YORK - Red Hot Hockey, the wildly successful early season outing between long-time college hockey rivals Boston University and Cornell, returns to light up Madison Square Garden on Thanksgiving weekend 2013, Boston University Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics Mike Lynch and Cornell University's Meakem*Smith Director of Athletics and Physical Education Andy Noel announced today. The first college hockey event to ever sell out the historic Garden in 2007, Red Hot Hockey also produced sell-out crowds in 2009 and 2011, and has quickly become THE hotly anticipated biennial event for both schools' hockey-mad fan bases. The puck drops on the 2013 installment at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30.
Tickets for the fourth edition of Red Hot Hockey are on sale directly through Ticketmaster.com and the Madison Square Garden website. Fans will have the opportunity to buy tickets in any of the following categories: Boston University Fan Section, or the Cornell University Fan Section beginning on March 11, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. Student tickets will be available at a discounted rate at the box office at Agganis Arena (Boston University) and at the Cornell Athletic Ticket Office in Bartels Hall.
"Red Hot Hockey has become a signature event for the BU community and we are proud to partner with Cornell and MSG for another exciting match-up at the World's Most Famous Arena," said Mike Lynch, Boston University Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics. "We can't wait for our fans to experience the fully renovated Garden and all it has to offer."
The inaugural Red Hot Hockey event, staged in front of 18,200 passionate students, alumni, parents and fans, was a resounding success. Held on Nov. 24, 2007, it featured members of the 1980 gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic hockey team Mike Eruzione, Jack O'Callahan and David Silk from Boston University, as well as NHL Hall of Famer and Cornell alum Joe Nieuwendyk. In 2011, the Stanley Cup was on hand to provide an extra thrill for fans. Boston University leads the event series with a record of 2-0-1. BU won in 2007 and 2011, while the schools skated to a tie in 2009.
"Red Hot Hockey has been a signature event on the calendar of every Cornell fan, and we're excited to renew our great rivalry with Boston University next fall at historic Madison Square Garden," said Andy Noel, Cornell University's Meakem*Smith Director of Athletics and Physical Education. "Our terrific fans and alumni are always excited to see the Big Red and Terriers battle on the ice as we continue to expand both our athletics and university presence in New York City."
Both schools are perennial college hockey powerhouses. Boston University has won the national championship five times (1971, 1972, 1978, 1995, 2009), while Cornell has claimed the title twice (1967, 1970). Combined, the two schools have produced over 90 NHL players, including the likes of former Rangers captain Chris Drury, Keith Tkachuk and Tony Amonte (Boston University), as well as Douglas Murray, Ken Dryden and Joe Nieuwendyk (Cornell).
"Red Hot Hockey has been a must-see game for all New York area hockey fans and has sold out each of the previous three games at Madison Square Garden,'' said Joel Fisher, Executive Vice President, MSG Sports. "We are excited for its return on November 30th."
The BU-Cornell rivalry began on Jan. 10, 1925, with a 7-2 victory by the Terriers, and includes two match-ups in the NCAA title game (1967, 1972). However, the schools met only sporadically since BU left the ECAC to join Hockey East in 1984-85 before the initial Red Hot Hockey event. Madison Square Garden, home to the NHL's Rangers and NBA's Knicks, will once again serve as the venue to showcase the next chapter in this storied rivalry.
"We're very excited about playing Boston University at Madison Square Garden again. This event has turned out to be one of the top events in all of college hockey and something that our student-athletes can look forward to," said Cornell head coach Mike Schafer. "We're excited to continue such a historic rivalry between two storied programs at such a prestigious venue."
"The BU hockey program is ecstatic to be able to continue the traditions of playing at MSG and facing off against a rival such as Cornell," said BU head coach Jack Parker, who currently ranks second amongst active NCAA hockey coaches in career wins with 891. "We are so proud to be able to play in one of the premier venues in all of sports while promoting this great rivalry that dates back to the late '60s. Hopefully it will be a sea of red and white, as we've had every year we've been there."