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Heritage Classic is Returning To Alberta

Posted by b3., in 2011 Heritage Classic, National Hockey League 06 August 2010 · 132 views

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Poll: Heritage Classic is Returning To Alberta (10 member(s) have cast votes)

Do you think the Canucks will take part in an outdoor game soon?

  1. Yes (8 votes [80%])

    Percentage of vote: 80%

  2. No (2 votes [20%])

    Percentage of vote: 20%

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It will be eight years since Canada hosted its first outdoor game when this upcoming Heritage Classic is played.

It's returning to Alberta, but this time around it will take place in Calgary with one returning opponent. Which are the Montreal Canadiens, the Canadiens played the Edmonton Oilers in the NHL's first outdoor game. The 2011 Heritage Classic will be played in McMahon Stadium, which is the home to Calgary's CFL franchise, the Calgary Stampeders.

There has been 3 outdoor games, since the Edmonton and Montreal game. All three have been in America, and the teams that were involved were all from American cities as well. NHL Commissioner said that they are returning to hockeys roots, and are doing what the fans have asked. Whether he is trying to get back on Canada's good side, is another story for another day. This won't be the only outdoor game this year though, the Penguins will be taking on the Capitals at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. But Bettman thinks that having two outdoor games will not be an issue, but will be an "absolute right balance and is responding for what we're hearing our fans telling us they want".

The stadium currently has a capacity of 35,650, but Ken King the Flames President believes that they will be able to make room for at least 40,000 people. They will most likely drop down the bleachers and have them closer to the rink since a football field is quite larger than an NHL sheet of ice. If you can't get your hands onto a ticket, you shouldn't be worried as King said they will make sure there is some more activities that the fans can take part in. Sure, it will not be the same as watching the game in the stadium, but at least you can take part in this rare event. Or you can just catch the first WHL outdoor game between the Calgary Hitmen and Regina Pats which will take place the next Monday.

Now onto the jerseys, the Calgary Flames have not striked up a new partnership with McDonalds. They are actually paying tribute to their past, Reebok helped them design this jersey. The Montreal Canadiens will wear their away jersey with a few minor tweaks, which are some details from the jerseys they wore from 1986-1989 (TSN is saying that the lettering will be the major change). Also note they are doing that because those are the jerseys they used in the Stanley Cup Finals against the Calgary Flames.

There will be a few players in this game, who suited up for the game in 2003. These players are Curtis Glencross, Josh Gorges, Corey Sarich and Steve Staios. I will try my best to my hands to get two tickets to this game, if not I'll have to catch it at home in High Definition. Maybe, I'll leave a few windows open to try and make the experience as real as possible. :P

Speaking of HD, you can view this article in it's original form on International Hockey Talk.


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It would be awesome to see the Canucks take part in one of these things. I'm jealous.
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Electric Light Orchestra
Aug 07 2010 04:37 PM
I posted this in another thread. I'll post it again in here. There was a lot of heated discussion in the other thread, so pardon the first two paragraphs.

I don't have a whole lot of respect for fans who unnecessarily bash other teams. It doesn't matter which team those fans are loyal to. Perhaps it's because I enjoy analyzing teams from a realistic perspective. I would only truly hate a team if the players on that team were to exhibit disrespectful behavior towards other teams' players (and fans, for that matter). More often than not, it's the fans who fuel the hatred. There's an odd tension between fans of rival hockey clubs, one that never ceases to keep people from basing their arguments on accurate hockey knowledge. Therefore, I'll dislike the fans who show no respect towards other hockey audiences.

Every single thread about a rival organization becomes an opportunity to mock that team rather than an honest, thoughtful critique of the topic at hand. In fact, there's a slight hypocrisy about it. While we often complain about our own team's uniforms in Canucks Talk, the majority of us tend to glorify our uniforms in threads where other fans are present. Some people don't alter their opinions depending on who they're speaking to; other fans do exactly that. This thread has degraded into an embarrassing exchange of brainless comments.

I personally happen to be a fan of the Flying V jerseys. Everyone has their own personal opinions and preferences. This new Flames jersey, however, isn't a very impressive design. The striping simply does not complement the team colours. Despite the organization's thoughtful attempt to use the city's hockey heritage as an influence, they could have gone with other templates. The designers didn't bother to take into account how using the red-yellow striping scheme on the arms would draw immediate comparisons to one of the world's most iconic mascots, an unhealthy clown. They lazily swapped black for red and replaced the Tigers logo with the Flames trademark. The team honestly could have done better here.
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It would be awesome to see the Canucks take part in one of these things. I'm jealous.


How is it not Cal vs Edm ? or even better Cal Vs VAN :) Mtl again ? typical of NHL brass , i mean cmon Sid vs Ovie once again in the main event yawn .........
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