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Gaels look to reclaim Carr-Harris bragging rights

The Queen’s Gaels and RMC Paladins are set to square off once again in the world’s oldest hockey rivalry as the Carr-Harris Challenge Cup will be held at the Rogers K-Rock Centre on Thursday, Feb. 1.

Carr-Harris Challenge Cup
The Queen’s Gaels and RMC Paladins meet in the Carr-Harris Challenge Cup on Thursday, Feb. 1 at the Rogers K-Rock Centre. (Photo by Lars Hagberg)

The Gaels will be looking to avenge a 3-2 loss in last year’s event. They topped the Paladins 5-2 in their first meeting of this season on Wednesday, Jan. 17.

The Carr-Harris Challenge Cup was initiated in 1986 by the International Hockey Hall of Fame in celebration of the oldest rivalry in hockey, now at 132 years.

The game is named in honour of the Carr-Harris family, which has a long-standing connection with both Kingston universities. Robert Carr-Harris was professor of civil engineering at Royal Military College of Canada in 1879 and afterward a professor of general engineering at Queen’s. All of his sons and two of his cousins were cadets at RMC.

The Carr-Harris Challenge Cup trophy features the “Lennie” sculpture by Kingston native Joan Belch.

It depicts Lennox Irving, the Queen’s player who scored the lone goal in the March 10, 1886 inaugural game between RMC and Queen’s.

Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 pm. Tickets are $12 and are available at the customer service desk in the ARC. Tickets are also available at the Rogers K-Rock Box office. A Queen’s Staff and Faculty/Military Special – $30 family four-pack – is also available while tickets for Queen’s and RMC students are available only at the customer service desk in the ARC.