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America’s Most Famous College Rivalry Returns to “The World’s Most Famous Arena” on Jan. 11, 2020
The most storied collegiate rivals in American history return to Madison Square Garden on Saturday, January 11, 2020 as Harvard takes on Yale in the popular “Rivalry on Ice” hockey series.
In the inaugural game in 2014, Yale defeated Harvard in front of a capacity crowd with NY Rangers stars Mark Messier and Mike Richter catching the end to end action. The next match-up resulted in another win by national champions Yale in 2016. Harvard will look to even the score when they face their long-time rivals again in “The World’s Most Famous Arena”.
Harvard-Yale Storied History
The rivalry entered its most celebrated arena in 1875 when football teams from Harvard and Yale met in front of 2,000 fans in New Haven, Conn. This marked the beginning of a gridiron rivalry that is now known simply as “The Game.” However, Harvard and Yale also have an historic hockey rivalry that started in 1900 when they played their first game in New York City.
Since that first game, a 5-4 Bulldog victory, Harvard and Yale have gone on to become two of the most distinguished programs in college hockey. From ECAC Championships and NCAA Frozen Four appearances to producing Stanley Cup champions and Olympic gold medalists, the Crimson and Bulldogs have established proud legacies on the ice, befitting their world renowned educational institutions.
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