- Red Hot Hockey, one of the NCAA's premier hockey events between long-time rivals Boston University and Cornell, returns for a sixth edition to Madison Square Garden this Thanksgiving weekend, Boston University Director of Athletics Drew Marrochello
and Cornell University's Meakem*Smith Director of Athletics and Physical Education Andy Noel announced today.
Red Hot Hockey has taken place in front of sell-out crowds on four occasions and the biennial tilt for the Kelley-Harkness Cup has become the premier alumni event for the schools' hockey-crazed fan bases. The puck drops on the 2017 installment at 8:00 p.m. on Nov. 25.
Tickets for Red Hot Hockey will be on sale directly through Ticketmaster.com and the Madison Square Garden website. Fans have the opportunity to buy tickets in either the Boston University or Cornell Fan Sections beginning on June 23, 2017, at noon. 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 at Madison Square Garden is five months away, but alumni and fans of Cornell Hockey are already making plans to attend," Noel said. "At reunion weekend, many alumni specifically mentioned the annual battle at MSG and I was delighted that enthusiasm is building so soon. See you there!"
The inaugural Red Hot Hockey event, staged in front of 18,200 passionate students, alumni, parents and fans, was a resounding success. Held on November 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.
BU is undefeated at Red Hot Hockey, winning in 2007, 2011 and 2013 while skating to ties with the Big Red in 2009 and 2015. The Terriers have never relinquished the Kelley-Harkness Cup, which honors legendary coaches Jack Kelley (BU) and Ned Harkness (Cornell), since it was introduced four years ago.
"All of us at Boston University are looking forward to another great weekend in New York City for what has truly become a 'bowl game' for Terrier Nation," said Marrochello. "Now 10 years since its inception, Red Hot Hockey was the perfect way to reignite this rivalry, and it continues to be a highly anticipated fixture on our calendar."
Both schools are perennial college hockey powerhouses. Boston University has won the national championship five times (1971, 1972, 1978, 1995 and 2009), while Cornell has claimed the title twice (1967, 1970). Combined, the two schools have produced over 100 NHL players, including the likes of former Rangers captain Chris Drury, Keith Tkachuk and Kevin Shattenkirk (BU), as well as Douglas Murray, Ken Dryden and Joe Nieuwendyk (Cornell).
"This rivalry has really put college hockey back on the map at Madison Square Garden," said Joel Fisher, executive vice president, MSG Marquee Events. "We're excited that the Cornell and Boston University matchup will continue this fall, and expect a sold-out Garden to watch these great programs compete."
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.
"When I look back to past Red Hot Hockey games, I remember special nights for our team and BU alumni and fans," said BU head coach David Quinn
. "Playing on this stage is incredible and we are grateful that Madison Square Garden has invited us and Cornell back once again."
"We are very excited to return to Madison Square Garden for another year of this fantastic event," Cornell head coach Mike Schafer said. "Red Hot Hockey is something that everyone around our program awaits with great anticipation, and it's amazing that it's remained such a prominent event in college hockey for 10 years."