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Posted 10 July 2013 - 10:13 AM

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 10:15 AM

NEW YORK – The Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic™ will return to the regular-season schedule next season when the Vancouver Canucks face off against the Ottawa Senators at BC Place in Vancouver on Sunday, March 2, the National Hockey League announced today. The Canucks become the first NHL® team to host a game in a retractable-roof facility and just the third Canadian NHL team to host a regular-season game outdoors, following the Edmonton Oilers in 2003 and Calgary Flames in 2011.
The game will be broadcast live on CBC and RDS in Canada and on NBC Sports Network in the U.S. SiriusXM Radio will provide live radio coverage.

"With one of the world's great facilities as the setting, and one of the world's most scenic cities as the backdrop, the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic™ at BC Place in Vancouver will honor hockey's Canadian heritage," Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "With the excitement, the entertainment, the competitiveness and the fun of this game, the Canucks and Senators will create special memories for hockey fans everywhere."


Ticket information, news and offers

Further details on this special NHL event, including information on ticketing for season-ticket holders for each team and national broadcast information will be released shortly. Fans interested in more information on ticketing, further news and special offers around the event should register right now to receive more information atnhl.com/2014heritage.

Official fan packages for all NHL signature events will be available from Global Event Forum, the Official NHL Events Fan Package Partner. For more information please visit nhl.com/fanpackages.

As a supporter of the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic, the 37 hotel members of the Vancouver Hotel Destination Association will be featuring weekend packages on their booking site,bevancouver.com.


"We're very proud to further extend our title sponsorship of the Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic™, and help bring the excitement of outdoor NHL hockey to Vancouver," said Bill Moir, Chief Brand Marketing Officer, Tim Hortons. "Tim Hortons has an intrinsic connection with hockey at all levels, which makes this event a natural fit for our brand."

One of the cornerstones of the NHL's event strategy, the 2011 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic™ took place on a sun-drenched afternoon in Calgary where the home team skated away with a 4-0 victory over the visiting Montreal Canadiens. The event was a critical and financial success, driving substantial growth and fan engagement on North American television, via digital platforms such as NHL.com, through social media platforms, at retail outlets and at sold-out McMahon Stadium. The 2011 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic™ set an NHL event record for both total sponsorship revenue and activation.

Other highlights from the 2011 event include delivering the fourth-largest audience ever at the time for an NHL game on NBC Sports Network and big audiences for CBC and RDS. The 2011 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic™ led NHL.com to its best Sunday performance of the season and was the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter in Canada. Additionally, merchandise sales for the outdoor game were the third-largest in history for an NHL event.

The 2014 matchup between Vancouver and Ottawa recalls and celebrates some of the earliest history of the Stanley Cup® Championship.

In 1915, the Vancouver Millionaires™, the first professional hockey team on the West Coast, were crowned champions of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association. Meanwhile, in the rival league from the East, the National Hockey Association, which two years later became the National Hockey League, the Ottawa Senators were skating to a league title. Earlier, the two leagues agreed to play a series between the champions of each league with the Stanley Cup® awarded to the victor. The Millionaires swept a best-of-five series to claim the Stanley Cup® Championship.

"Canucks Sports & Entertainment is proud to bring the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic™ to Vancouver to share this marquee event with our fans," said Michael D. Gillis, President and General Manager, Canucks Sports & Entertainment. "The NHL Heritage Classic™ allows our sport to further celebrate the history of the game while doing so in a unique venue. We look forward to showcasing our city, province, team and fans this upcoming March."

"The opportunity to participate in this year's Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic™ is something that is very exciting for both our players and our staff," said Bryan Murray, general manager, Ottawa Senators. "Particularly playing in Vancouver, and against another Canadian team, it is an event that will really provide some nice nationwide recognition for our hockey club. Outdoor games have quickly become marquee events within the NHL calendar and the chance to play in one for the first time is a significant occurrence for our franchise."

"The 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic™ at the newly renovated BC Place in Vancouver will be a tremendous experience for the fans and players," said Mathieu Schneider, Special Assistant to the Executive Director, NHLPA. "The players on the Canucks and Senators will embrace the thrill of being a part of the third regular season outdoor game in Canada, a unique event that will be broadcast across North America."

"British Columbia is excited to welcome the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic™ to our province," said Todd Stone, Transportation and Infrastructure Minister. "This is an opportunity to celebrate the history of hockey in our country, and I can think of no better venue than BC Place. With its retractable roof, BC Place will give fans the outdoor experience, while enjoying all the indoor comforts of this fantastic stadium."


NHL Network™ and NHL.com will provide extensive coverage live from Vancouver leading up to and after the game. NHL Social™ will have coverage on all social platforms, including the use of the hashtag #HeritageClassic.


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Posted 10 July 2013 - 10:16 AM

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 10:18 AM

It doesn't snow in Vancouver.. won't the rain melt the ice?
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Posted 10 July 2013 - 10:25 AM

what about toronto vs detroit winter classic? did they cancel it?
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Posted 10 July 2013 - 10:28 AM

I'll definitely be going to this!
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Posted 10 July 2013 - 10:29 AM

It WILL NOT be cold enough on March 2nd. It will be pouring rain.
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Posted 10 July 2013 - 10:29 AM

Cool,hopefully one day the canucks can vs chicago in the winter classic so we can watch the 24/7 HBO series on all of the canucks players.

That would be amazing.
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Posted 10 July 2013 - 10:32 AM

Weak ... hockey inside a football stadium ... what's the purpose of that? More revenue for NHL? Outdoor rinks, I see but inflated prices to watch hockey at BC Place ... no thanks Gary Buttman.

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 10:32 AM

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This rivalry makes as much sense as having an outdoor game at Dodgers stadium between the Kings and Ducks.
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Posted 10 July 2013 - 10:34 AM

Its a rare event, at least three of us are going :P
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Posted 10 July 2013 - 10:34 AM

Cool but if it is held in BC Place with the roof closed(which it probably will because of rain) is that really considered an outdoor game?
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Posted 10 July 2013 - 10:36 AM

Can't wait to see the ticket prices on this. My guess is that this will be an additional cost for season ticket holders, or even excluded from season ticket holder packages altogether. They'll likely give season ticket holders first rights to buy this game at a premimum however this is nothing more than a blatant money grab from an increasingly greedy organization. From the lockout, to the insulting one dollar hot dog deals after the lockout, to constantly rising prices, it seems pretty clear where the franchise priorities lie.
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Posted 10 July 2013 - 10:37 AM

Cool but if it is held in BC Place with the roof closed(which it probably will because of rain) is that really considered an outdoor game?


I doubt they'll close the roof cause of rain
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Posted 10 July 2013 - 10:38 AM

Its a rare event, at least three of us are going :P


Rare was once in awhile... Then came yearly, now 5 times this year? I haven't bothered watching the past outdoor games the last few years because its crappy hockey on crappy ice, nothing special. Sure tune in for 5 minutes but thats about it.

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 10:38 AM

Yeah... I don't think setting the date at March 2nd was a wise idea for a "winter classic", especially in Vancouver.


Neat though, I guess.
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Posted 10 July 2013 - 10:49 AM

how much are the tickets
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Posted 10 July 2013 - 10:53 AM

I know people are going to rip it...but I'm super excited!! Can't wait! :towel:
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Posted 10 July 2013 - 10:53 AM

Stupid, would've made more sense to be Vancouver in Ottawa. Either the roof will be open and the rain will just drench everyone or the roof will be closed negativing the effect of an outdoor game.
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Posted 10 July 2013 - 10:58 AM

This really isn't the best city for something like this. 70% chance the roof is closed making it just another indoor game in a bigger venue which makes it less intimate. It will be interesting to see the prices on this but unless there are a lot of really cheap seats I doubt they sell it out.
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Posted 10 July 2013 - 11:00 AM

Pretty cool, but still pretty disappointing....Winter Classic is the biggest event and I'd like to see that here instead of this Tim Hortons thing....it's like the Grey Cup and the Winter Classic is the Super Bowl....but either way, I'm excited and will attend it. Winter Classic is probably for US teams to get more people to watch hockey...
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Posted 10 July 2013 - 11:01 AM

Yes, finally! Only concern would be, how the weather will be in March and how it will affect the ice.
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Posted 10 July 2013 - 11:06 AM

tickets are going to be so expensive. i gotta try to convince the wife to somehow go to it.
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Posted 10 July 2013 - 11:07 AM

Yeah... I don't think setting the date at March 2nd was a wise idea for a "winter classic", especially in Vancouver.


Neat though, I guess.

good thing it's called a "heritage classic" then...
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Posted 10 July 2013 - 11:09 AM

I doubt they'll close the roof cause of rain

they'll have to, unless they want to skate on slush/a steel floor covered in water and paint.... ice making tech can only go so far, applying constant water to it will result in it melting.
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Posted 10 July 2013 - 11:10 AM

This rivalry makes as much sense as having an outdoor game at Dodgers stadium between the Kings and Ducks.

1915 stanley cup, millionares beat the senators.
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Posted 10 July 2013 - 11:11 AM

Why don't they just make/use a rink near Whistler?
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Posted 10 July 2013 - 11:13 AM

Weak ... hockey inside a football stadium ... what's the purpose of that? More revenue for NHL? Outdoor rinks, I see but inflated prices to watch hockey at BC Place ... no thanks Gary Buttman.


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Posted 10 July 2013 - 11:13 AM

Would be cool to go see (but then it's the summer, so what wouldn't be at this point?!), but the NHL really should call them what they are: "Shameless Money Grabs" instead of "Heritage Classic Games."
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Posted 10 July 2013 - 11:14 AM

Why don't they just make/use a rink near Whistler?

really? create a billion dollar stadium in whistler for a single use? seems reasonable...
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