The Mayors of the Cities of Albany, Schenectady and Troy, New York were in attendance for a joint press conference to promote the inaugural Mayor’s Cup men’s ice hockey game between Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Union. The game will be played at the Times Union Center in Albany, New York on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m.
SMG Regional General Manager Bob Belber welcomed the honorable Mayors of the Cities of Albany (Jerry Jennings), Schenectady (Gary McCarthy) and Troy (Lou Rosamilia), who provided comments to the media in attendance. They were joined by Albany County Executive Dan McCoy and Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino, who also provided their thoughts on this new event.
The head coaches of the teams, RPI’s Seth Appert and Union’s Rick Bennett, closed the event with thoughts from their perspectives.
“I am pleased to have worked with Jim Knowlton and Bob Belber to begin a new tradition. This will be a new twist on a storied rivalry,” said Union’s Director of Athletics Jim McLaughlin. “Like the Shoes Trophy, we expect the Mayor’s Cup Trophy to excite the fans and players, as well as receive enthusiastic support and pride from the mayors of the three cities in the Capital District.”
“We are excited about the game with Union at the Times Union Center,” said RPI’s Director of Athletics Jim Knowlton. “Our goal is to make this an annual event, and our hope is that the Capital District will embrace it and become part of the rivalry.”
RPI is 7-2-2 all-time at the Times Union Center facility, and 2-1-2 vs. Union. Union has an all-time record of 3-6-2 at the arena. In the all-time series at all venues, RPI leads, 45-30-10 since the series began on Feb. 26, 1904.
The schools currently compete for the Dutchman Shoes Trophy, which has been presented since 1950 to the winner of the annual football contest. The schools have met on the gridiron since 1886.
Sign-ups are available for tickets in Reamer this week.