first_imgThe best collegiate hockey teams in the country will skate into Newark’s Prudential Center, as the inaugural Liberty Hockey Invitational launches on Oct. 25-26.The two-day, four-game tournament features an all-Ivy roster, where Princeton University, Yale University, Brown University and Dartmouth College will compete for the Liberty Trophy. Over the next three years, the tournament will feature Princeton and Yale of the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference, with invitational spots filled by Hockey East programs University of Maine, University of Massachusetts, UMass-Lowell, Merrimack College and University of Vermont.Princeton men’s hockey, the host team of the Liberty Hockey Invitational, will be a staple in the tournament along with the Yale Bulldogs. The Princeton and Yale rivalry dates back to January 19, 1901, when the Tigers defeated Yale, 5-0. The teams have played 246 games, with Yale holding a 132-103-10 edge in the all-time series.The 2013-14 season will mark the 110th season of varsity hockey at Princeton. The first game was played on November 30, 1909, against the Drisler School. Princeton did not compete for three years during World War I and World War II.Over recent years, Princeton has had 10 players move on to professional careers in the National Hockey League. Current players include Jeff Halpern, Darroll Powe of the New York Rangers, George Parros of the Montreal Canadians and Kevin Westgarth of the Carolina Hurricanes. A total of 23 Tigers have been drafted in the NHL since the draft’s inception in 1963.The most notable alum from the program is Hobey Baker, arguably Princeton’s greatest athletic hero. It was at Princeton that Baker distinguished himself as one of the greatest college hockey players of all time. The annual award for the nation’s best collegiate hockey player is named in his memory — the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, which is housed at Hobey Baker Rink on the Princeton Campus. Hobey Baker is the only member of both the Hockey Hall of Fame and Football Hall of Fame.last_img

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