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Friday, June 08, 2018
Racker Rivals Big Red Returns July 14

NHL Stars, Cornell Hockey Alums and Local Celebrities to Take the Ice in Support of Racker

Racker has announced the July 14 return of Racker Rivals Big Red, a spirited, exhibition hockey game, pairing NHL stars, Cornell Hockey alumni and local celebrities in support of individuals with disabilities and their families.

Following a one-year hiatus to accommodate renovations at Cornell’s Lynah Rink, Racker Rivals Big Red is now in its fourth year and bigger than ever, with an incredible roster of current NHL players and hockey legends already confirmed to take the ice. Currently on the rosters are NHL Hall of Famer Joe Nieuwendyk, who won the Stanley Cup with three different teams during his 19-year career; former Los Angeles Kings right-winger, Brad Chartrand; Joakim Ryan of the San Jose Sharks, WSTM-NBC3 Meteorologist Wayne Mahar, and Cornell fan-favorite and former Big Red Assistant Coach, Topher Scott.

Scott was instrumental in the development of Racker Rivals Big Red and will serve as event chair for this years’ game.

Big Red Men’s Hockey Coach Mike Schafer and Tompkins Trust Company President and CEO Greg Hartz will serve as team captains, and both teams will continue to add to their already impressive team rosters right up until the game. For up-to-date roster announcements, like and follow Racker’s Facebook page.

Racker Rivals Big Red begins at 5:30 p.m. with the Cargill Friends and Family Open Skate, a rare opportunity for the public to skate on Cornell’s famed Lynah Rink ice. The puck drops for Racker Rivals Big Red at 7 p.m., and members of the Ithaca Mites youth hockey program will play an intermission exhibition game at the half.

In celebration of Racker’s 70th Anniversary, tickets for Racker Rivals Big Red are just $7. Kids seven and under are free.  Tickets are available now at the Cornell Big Red Ticket Office, online through, and will be available at Tompkins Trust Company locations in Ithaca and Trumansburg, Maguire Family Insurance Services in Trumansburg and the Maguire Family Insurance Agency in Ithaca, beginning June 14.

In addition to buying tickets, community members can support Racker by pledging their favorite players. For sponsorship or game information, contact Carrie Carmenatty at (607) 272-5891 extension 285 or

Racker, formerly Franziska Racker Centers, has been supporting individuals with disabilities and their families for 70 years by offering opportunities to learn and connect with others and fostering an environment of inclusion, where all people know they belong. Racker currently provides support for more than 3,000 individuals in Tompkins, Cortland and Tioga counties.



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