Heritage Classic is Returning To Alberta
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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.
Speaking of HD, you can view this article in it's original form on International Hockey Talk.