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Report: Winnipeg, Vancouver might host outdoor games

Mar 9, 2013, 9:23 PM EDT

Goaltender Mike Vernon #30 and Brian MacLellan #27 of the Calgary Flames Alumni defend the net against Mike Keane #12 of the Montreal Canadiens Alumni during the Alumni game held as part of the 2011 NHL Heritage Classic festivities at McMahon Stadium on February 19, 2011 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
(February 18, 2011 - Source: Andre Ringuette/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

The Winter Classic will return next year — and it looks like we’ll see more Heritage Classics in the near future too.

The Heritage Classic is a series of outdoor games hosted by Canadian teams.

The first took place between the Montreal Canadiens and Edmonton Oilers in 2003. After the Winter Classic proved to be a successful annual tradition, the Calgary Flames hosted the Canadiens in 2011.

The NHL has plans to continue that series with contests in 2014 and 2016, according to a Winnipeg Free Press source.

The 2014 could take place in Vancouver while Winnipeg Jets owner Mark Chipman confirmed that he’s in talks with the NHL about hosting an outdoor game. Chipman is hoping that he’ll be able to make an announcement within the next month.

BC Place could be the site of the 2014 game while the soon-to-be-opened Investors Group Field might be the location of an outdoor game in Winnipeg.

Meanwhile, the 2014 Winter Classic will reportedly be between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs.

  1. JRZ Satan - Mar 9, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    Being that the Leafs are playing in the Winter Classic, will the Americans have a chance to send a sucky team like Columbus to play in the Heritage?

    • 19to77 - Mar 9, 2013 at 9:54 PM

      Get with the times. Flames, Oilers and Jets are the bad Canadian teams now. Leafs are decent, not much worse than the hot-and-cold Red Wings actually, Sens are shockingly good when you consider all their best players are out and they’re still a playoff team.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Mar 9, 2013 at 10:35 PM

        Yes the Leafs are exactly as decent as they were at this point last year (games wise) lets see them make the playoffs before saying their not terrible.

        Nothing says outdoor hockey like Vancouver, playing it in a retractable roof dome, so if it rains that day in Vancouver (not uncommon in the winter) doesn’t it just becoome a regular game in a slightly bigger venue?

  2. interiorfan - Mar 9, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    I agree. The Leafs are more than half decent this year. Not a Leafs fan but give them a break already!

  3. ikillchicken - Mar 9, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    As much as I’d love to see it happen, is that even remotely realistic in Vancouver? We just don’t have the climate for it. It only snows here an average of literally a few days a year and usually melts to slush almost immediately. It’s questionable whether any day of the year is cold enough for this to work…let alone enough of them that you could just set a date and count on it being cold enough.

    • thomaspratt - Mar 10, 2013 at 12:12 AM

      BCPlace has a roof, and they use artificial ice anyway. It could easily be done. Now, whether you’d want to hold a Heritage Classic in a covered stadium is a completely different question.

  4. dawglb - Mar 10, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    It is well deserved for these cities and fan bases, period. The recent success of the teams has nothing to do with it. Hockey is a HUGE part of the culture there. It will make money.

  5. steelers88 - Mar 10, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    Why not in Montreal? BOS VS MTL would be a sweet matchup.

  6. blomfeld - Mar 10, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    Winnipeg Yes ! … Vancouver No

    • kitshky - Mar 11, 2013 at 11:22 AM

      O look …something we agree on!

  7. jakreidler - Mar 10, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    They should do Wings/Leafs winter classic and Jets/Wild heritage classic the same year. That would be something.

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