New York Rangers legend Mike Richter returns to Madison Square Garden when his alma mater, Yale University, takes on Harvard University in the historic Rivalry on Ice game Saturday, Jan.11, at 8pm ET. During the first intermission Richter, alongside fellow superstars, will take to The Garden ice for “The Last Game” and play for something everyone can cheer for – Climate Change Awareness.
In conjunction with the United Nations, “The Last Game” was created by NJ Devils icon Slava Fetisov and climate activist Sergey Rybakov to bring widescale awareness to climate change. “The Last Game” is a series of hockey games taking place in 30 countries that are threatened by climate change. The participants use each game to call attention to the way climate change is threatening their local communities, and what people can do to fix it. The organization will host the first ever hockey game at The North Pole in 2020 to bring attention to glacial melting.
“The Last Game is for everyone,” said Slava Fetisov, co-founder of The Last Game and UNESCO Champion of Sport. “My fellow hockey players have won over twenty world championships, Olympic medals, and Stanley Cups. We come from different countries, different backgrounds, and different teams, but we all love our planet and want to save it.”
“Hockey is a leader in promoting UN Sustainable Development Goals,” said Sergey Rybakov, co-founder of The Last Game. “Please follow us and thelastgamefilm.org to see what we’re doing around the globe and how you can help.”
Since retiring from professional hockey in 2003, Richter graduated from Yale University’s Eli Whitney’s Students program in 2007 with a degree in Ethics, Politics and Economics with a concentration in Environmental Policy. Since then, Richter has made a substantial impact in the renewable energy industry, including co-founding Environmental Capital Partners and serving as the president of Brightcore Energy.
“Ice is a perfect metaphor for what’s going on right now, especially considering a report by the UN Environment Program that predicted global warming might make the Arctic nearly ice-free by 2040,” said Mike Richter.
In addition to Richter, players participating in the Rivalry on Ice edition of “The Last Game” include Slava Fetisov, Stephane Matteau, Chris Ferraro, Peter Ferraro, UN officials, NYC First Responders, and Harvard and Yale alumni.
Harvard-Yale Storied History
The first inter-collegiate sporting event in America took place in 1852, when oarsmen from Harvard and Yale met in New Hampshire to battle over two miles on the waters of Lake Winnipesaukee. Harvard claimed victory that day, but more importantly, a tradition had begun.
The rivalry entered its most celebrated arena in 1875 when football teams from Harvard and Yale met in front of 2,000 fans in New Haven, Conn. This marked the beginning of a gridiron rivalry that is now known simply as “The Game.” However, Harvard and Yale also have an historic hockey rivalry that started in 1900 when they played their first game in New York City.
Since that first game, a 5-4 Bulldog victory, Harvard and Yale have gone on to become two of the most distinguished programs in college hockey. From ECAC Championships and NCAA Frozen Four appearances to producing Stanley Cup champions and Olympic gold medalists, the Crimson and Bulldogs have established proud legacies on the ice, befitting their world renowned educational institutions.