Rivalry on Ice Schedule
One of the most highly anticipated events in the entire college hockey season is the annual
match up of the Harvard Crimson versus the Yale Bulldogs. Harvard and Yale have a long and storied history as rivals in all
college athletics and their rivalry in the hockey rink is certainly no exception. Be prepared for some of the most bone rattling
hits as well as the fiercest competition on ice when the two schools collide for their annual Rivalry on Ice. College athletics
offers up some of the best competition in the world of sports and the student athletes representing two of the Ivy League's
premiere institutions make you immediately aware of this fact from the second they take the ice. If you are a college hockey
fan, or even just a college sports fan you owe it to yourself to check out the Rivalry on Ice in person.
the game takes place at the historic Madison Square Garden in New York City. The intensity of this game and the rivalry as
a whole is simply too big to be relegated to a college arena so it takes place year after year at one of the most revered
sports arenas in the world. Check out StubHub for tickets and information regarding the date and face off time for this year's
Rivalry on Ice.
As two of the oldest universities in the country it should come as no surprise
that both Yale and Harvard are home to two of the oldest collegiate hockey teams as well. Both schools are in possession of
proud histories both academically and athletically, and the fans of both schools' hockey teams are just as dedicated and vociferous
as the fans of any other sport at any other school in the country, if not more so. When these two long standing rivals face
off against one another in the ice rink there is no holding back, either on the ice or in the stands and the level of electricity
in Madison Square Garden in unparalleled. These are two teams who plain do not like one another and refuse to give up bragging
rights fr the year without leaving it all out on the ice. This is much more than just conference rivals looking to move up
the standings, this is a battle for pride, reputation, and legacy. In any sport Harvard versus Yale is a can't miss match
up, and when it comes to a fast paced, physical sport like hockey the intensity cannot be beat.
fans in general are some of the most passionate sports fans around, but nothing quite matches the fanaticism surrounding college
hockey and Harvard Crimson and Yale Bulldogs hockey fans are some of the most dedicated and vociferous fans in the entire
NCAA. On game day at Madison Square Garden, the fans file in and take their seats when the cheering and chanting begins. As
the clock winds down closer and closer to the dropping of the puck the crowd works itself into a frenzy. Finally both teams
are ready for face off and the excitement really begins. Thunderous, bone rattling hits, incredible displays of speed and
agility, powerful slapshots, and tremendous saves set the arena on fire for the following three periods of world class college
hockey. By the time the final buzzer sounds your voice is hoarse and your palms are stinging from clapping and giving high
fives and you will already be planning a return trip next year.
ECAC Conference Hockey
Both Harvard and
Yale play hockey in the ECAC, the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference, which is one of the most hotly contested hockey
leagues in the country. This could well be the season that either Harvard or Yale separate themselves from the pack of the
other ten participants in the league and take the title home to either Connecticut or Massachusetts. The path will not be
easy however, as both teams will have to eventually face Brown, Army, Cornell, Dartmouth, and several other hockey powerhouses.
Anyone who is familiar with college hockey is well aware that navigating through the treacherous ECAC conference schedule
is an unenviable task, yet both Harvard and Yale appear poised to come out on top. Whoever comes out of the ECAC unscathed
will be well prepared to make a deep post season run, possibly to the Frozen Four, after playing such a rigorous conference
Harvard has won the ECAC conference tournament eight times in addition to winning the
ECAC regular season ten times. Additionally, Harvard won one national championship, in 1989. Yale has been to the Frozen Four
two times, most recently in 2013 when they came out of the tournament as national champions. Additionally the school has won
two conference tournament championships and three regular season championships.