Rats, Phantoms to compete for Time Warner Cable Cup

The Adirondack Phantoms, AHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, and the Albany River Rats, AHL affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes, announced in a joint press conference today that Time Warner Cable is the presenting sponsor of their inaugural season series.

The new rivals will battle for the Time Warner Cable Cup in each of the next two seasons. The teams play a pair of pre-season match-ups this weekend and will meet for the first of 12 games during the regular season on Oct. 17 in a 7:00 p.m. face-off at the Glens Falls Civic Center. The first game at the Times Union Center will take place on Oct. 24 at 7:00 p.m.

The Time Warner Cable Cup will be presented annually to the winner of the season series (winning the most of the 12 head-to-head games) and will be displayed at the team’s home facility until the rivalry is renewed the following season. Time Warner Cable Sports will be producing a pre-season show highlighting the Time Warner Cable Cup rivalry to air on TWC3.

The winning team will also help designate a local non-profit to receive a $5,000 grant from Time Warner Cable. Local organizations will have the opportunity to apply for the award by completing an online submission process at www.timewarnercablecup.twalbany.com. Those applications must be completed no later than Feb. 1, 2010.

Organizations will be judged on how their organization connects youth to opportunities that inspire them to develop the important science, technology, engineering and math skills they need to become the problem solvers of tomorrow.

Time Warner Cable’s Regional VP of Operations John Quigley said, “Time Warner Cable loves sports and is a long-time supporter of this community. The ongoing rivalry between River Rats and the Phantoms is sure to be exciting. We’re proud to join the teams in this series, but even more importantly are happy that the Time Warner Cable Cup allows us to support significant and successful educational programs changing the lives of kids in the community.”

The Time Warner Cable Cup Series will also feature discounted ticket pricing for the twelve games between the River Rats and Phantoms exclusively for Time Warner Cable customers. All Time Warner Cable customers will receive a $3 discount on all TWCC games at both the Times Union Center and the Glens Falls Civic Center during the inaugural season series. Fans will also have the opportunity to win great prizes at www.timewarnercablecup.twalbany.com by registering their predictions on a variety of statistics that will occur during the series, which kicks off on Oct. 17.