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Boston University and Cornell ready for a rematch in New York City

Posted by nmg1 on October 31, 2009

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Saturday, November 28, 2009
8:00 p.m.

Following the sold-out success of the 2007 contest, 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 that Red Hot Hockey will burn again at Madison Square Garden on November 28, 2009, as Boston University and Cornell resume an 85 year-old rivalry in a non-conference NCAA Division I men’s ice hockey match-up.

Reserved discounted tickets in the Class of 1996 section are now available to alums by completing the form linked below and returning it by email to the ’96 Class Council.  cuclassof96hockeytixorderform3

Full price unreserved tickets are also available through ticketmaster and stub-hub.

“This is an exciting opportunity to return to the Big Apple for what only can be described as a big game against one of our biggest rivals,” said Lynch. “Thousands of alumni from both schools sold out the first edition of Red Hot Hockey, and many more have been asking if we could bring another game to New York City. We are excited that BU-Cornell will return to Madison Square Garden, and we encourage fans to purchase their tickets and make their travel accommodations for Manhattan as soon as possible.”

The inaugural Red Hot Hockey event, in front of 18,200 passionate students, alumni, parents and fans, was a resounding success. Held on November 24, 2007, it marked the first time a collegiate hockey game had sold out the “World’s Most Famous Arena,” and featured the attendance of prominent alumni from both schools, including 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 former NHL great and Cornell alum, Joe Nieuwendyk.

“I am thrilled to continue the great rivalry with Boston University,” Noel said. “They are currently ranked #1 in the nation and are one of the finest teams in collegiate ice hockey. This game provides terrific competition for our athletes and represents a major event for our alumni and friends in the metro-New York area.”

Both schools are perennial college hockey powerhouses. Boston University, which has sat atop the national polls for much of the 2008-09 season and is currently ranked #1 in the nation, has won the national championship four times (1971, 1972, 1978 and 1995), while Cornell, currently ranked #12 in the nation, has claimed the title twice (1967, 1970). Combined, the two schools have seen 80 former players forge careers in the National Hockey League, including the likes of current Rangers captain Chris Drury, Keith Tkachuk and Tony Amonte (Boston University), as well as Doug Murray, Ken Dryden and Joe Nieuwendyk (Cornell).

“We are excited that two of college hockey’s most storied programs will return to The Garden,” said Joel Fisher, executive vice president, Madison Square Garden Sports. “The 2007 match-up was sold out proving that college hockey has a place in New York City. We are proud to welcome back Boston University and Cornell University to Madison Square Garden, and look forward to hosting this storied match-up once again.”

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 in 2007. 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.

“Obviously, it was a tremendous event last time, getting these two storied programs together at Madison Square Garden,” said Cornell head coach Mike Schafer. “It was great to see the support from the fans that made this game a tough ticket to get last time around, and it’ll be exciting to get back down there and play in front of another great crowd.”

“Getting BU and Cornell fans to fill up Madison Square Garden last time was something special,” said BU head coach Jack Parker, whose 808 career wins rank second among active NCAA Division I college hockey coaches. “It was special for the fans and I know it was special for the players. It’s a great venue and a great showcase for college hockey, and we’re looking forward to creating that kind of excitement and energy once again.”

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International Spirint of Zinck’s Night 2009!

Posted by nmg1 on October 11, 2009

Hey, Cornell Class of ‘96!!!!

Enjoy a free drink on the Class of ‘96 this Thursday, October 15th, at the International Spirit of Zinck’s Night!

New this year, in the following locations, current Class of ‘96 dues-payers can enjoy one free happy hour beer:

Los Angeles, CA
New York City
Ithaca
Arlington, VA
Rockville, MD

For details on these and other Zinck’s locations, visit http://www.alumni.cornell.edu/zincks/details.cfm

To get your free drink ticket, simply pay/renew your Cornell Class of ‘96 dues by October 13th, by visiting this site: Cornell Class Dues Rewards Program, and pick up your ticket at the Class registration table at the event.  Alternatively, you may join at the event by filling out a dues card (check or credit card accepted) at the class registration table.

We hope to see you there!!

Sincerely,
1996 Class Council

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Cornell Class of 1996 Alumni Newsletter

Posted by nmg1 on October 4, 2009

Greetings fellow Alumni! Your class council has been hard at work preparing the attached newsletter featuring upcoming events like Zinck’s Night 2009 and Cornell Big Red Hockey versus B.U. in New York City, plus photos and gossip from our other recent Alumni events. Please have a read! And please send us your comments and thoughts!

Click here to read the newsletter: Cornell_University_Class_of_1996_Quarterly_E_Sept09

– Cornell Class of 1996 Alumni Council

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