The NHL announced their decision to hold the a second heritage classic, next outdoor game in Canada — Feb. 20, 2011 at Calgary’s McMahon Stadium — stemming from the fact hockey fans from coast to coast spent seven years asking for it.
The league has done a masterful job of turning New Year’s Day south of the boarder into Hockey Day in America by holding Winter Classic games in Buffalo (2008 ), Chicago (2009) and Boston (2010). This season’s installment will be in Pittsburgh, when Sidney Crosby and the Penguins play host to Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. The first recent outdoor game — the Heritage Classic — took place at Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium between the Oilers and Habs during the 2003-04 season.
The Flames will dig deep into the city’s roots for the game. They’ll be wearing sweaters honouring the Calgary Tigers, the city’s first professional hockey team, when they take to the outdoor ice. The Tigers, who existed from 1920 through 1927 and then 1932 through 1936, faced the Canadiens for the Stanley Cup in 1924. Calgary lost both games against Montreal, 6-1 and 3-0. The Flames won’t wear replica sweaters of the Tigers, rather jerseys in their colours — deep red and gold — with the Flaming C in front.