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Jets chairman Mark Chipman believes Winnipeg can host 2016 Heritage Classic

Mar 14, 2013, 7:42 PM EDT

Carey Price, David Moss AP

Winnipeg Jets chairman Mark Chipman confidently told Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press that the Jets are likely to host the 2016 edition of the NHL’s periodic Heritage Classic.

Chipman told Lawless that it’s “pretty much a done deal.”

“I don’t see anything getting in the way,” Chipman said.

While the Winter Classic is an outdoor game that tends to happen each year (barring a lockout), Canada’s answer has been more sporadic. The most recent version happened when the Flames beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-0 in 2011.

With the Jets executive discussing an event that could happen all the way in 2016, it’s not surprising that details are scarce. Chances are, it will take some time for the league to acknowledge these rumblings (and eventually find an opponent to visit the Jets).

One thing that seems nearly certain? It will probably be really, really cold.

(Cross your fingers that Ilya Bryzgalov ends up being involved …)

  1. thehighcountrybear - Mar 14, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    I don’t know…? It’s not like they get anything resembling winter out Manitoba way…does the league have access to portable ice-making equipment?

  2. mamsy2000 - Mar 14, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    They’re talking about having the game in March. Average temperature for Winnipeg
    In March is -5 (23 Fahrenheit). Perfect hockey weather.

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