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Cornell, B.U. near MSG sellout
There never had been a college hockey sellout at Madison Square Garden before the Saturday after Thanksgiving two years ago, when Cornell and Boston University accomplished the feat.
This Thanksgiving Saturday, it appears the two schools and their fans will do it again.
Here is an item I wrote on this subject for my Friday newspaper column:
On Thanksgiving weekend 2007, Madison Square Garden officials were pleasantly shocked when the first stand-alone college hockey game there in 31 years sold out.
So there was less surprise as the same teams, Cornell and Boston University, neared another sellout for Saturday night’s rematch.
Still, Joel Fisher, MSG’s executive VP for sports properties, said he is “happy and thrilled.’’
College hockey is a regional attraction mostly off the metropolitan area’s radar, but consider this:
The hockey game will outdraw one in the same building last Friday that also pitted a central New York power against the reigning NCAA champions.
Syracuse’s basketball upset of North Carolina attracted 15,552 customers.
Cornell vs. BU will surpass 18,000.
Photo: I got this shot of Ken Dryden from Newsday's digital photo archive, but I assume it originally came from Cornell's archives, via this site.