ALBANY – The Union and RPI males’s hockey crew will have fun 10 years of the Mayor’s Cup District recreation on Saturday at MVP Enviornment.
It does not really feel like 10 years for MVP Enviornment basic supervisor Bob Belber.
“If it has been right here 10 years, it looks as if simply yesterday was the primary yr for me,” Belber stated after Tuesday’s press convention on the enviornment. “We had as many as 8,300 individuals who participated on this. Just a few totally different events, it was over 8,000. I feel you are going to see on this one with individuals wanting to return out, it is most likely going to be over 7,000, 8,000.”
The earlier 9 video games averaged 6,405. Final yr’s recreation, which included the ladies’s competitors, drew 4,222 followers, the second smallest crowd. The 2019 recreation, which was additionally a doubleheader, had simply 4,043 followers. That yr’s cup video games have been performed on Tuesday, January 29, because the video games had been postponed 10 days earlier because of a snowstorm.
The 2 largest crowds got here in consecutive years. The 2016 males’s-only recreation had 8,485 followers.
The earlier yr drew the most important attendance, 8,714 followers. A whole lot of that needed to do with what occurred on the finish of the 2014 recreation, when the groups had a bench-free scrimmage. Probably the most well-known incident was Union head coach Rick Bennett attempting to punch RPI head coach Seth Appert.
Present RPI head coach Dave Smith had a little bit enjoyable with this, as he made a reference to the Bennett-Appert incident in the course of the press convention.
“There’s numerous spirit on this recreation,” Smith stated. “And some years earlier than I obtained right here, there was a little bit extra spirit than possibly anticipated with the earlier coaches. I frolicked calling [Union head coach] Josh [Hauge’s] neighborhood the place he grew up [and] learn the way powerful he’s. Simply personally face him and I by ourselves shut to one another on the ice. I wish to scout forward and be prepared for that as a result of something can occur on the Mayor’s Cup.”
Hauge, who can be coaching in his first Mayor’s Cup, additionally had enjoyable with it.
“Coach, you bought the scouting report,” Ronan stated. “I am fairly certain you will not see me at middle ice. Now we have [assistant] coach [John] Ronan and [assistant] coach [Lennie] Youngsters who’re manner harder than me. They are going to assist me if we want it.”
Belber believes having this match yearly helps develop the game and the rivalry between the 2 faculties.
“Individuals speak in regards to the rivalry,” Belber stated. “I feel it is vital for the native Division-I faculties to have the ability to have bragging rights and have that trophy to reside on their campus for yearly that they win. It is extremely just like the UAlbany-Siena basketball rivalry. It is a massive recreation.
“I noticed a quote that was in one of many tales within the papers within the final couple of days, and the participant that was quoted stated that one of many best moments of her life was after they gained the sport right here as a part of the Mayoral Cup. It means lots to the gamers. It means lots to the coaches, and it does not matter the place their place is. They wish to win this recreation.”
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