NHL Returns to the Canadian Outdoors as Montreal Canadiens and Calgary Flames Face Off at McMahon Stadium Feb. 20
Celebration for Hockey Fans throughout Canada to be Highlighted by Anticipated Crowd of Over 40,000 for the Game
For me, like many, outdoor hockey gets back to the true roots of hockey. Pond hockey has been played and enjoyed by many a hockey fan and player alike. There’s something about the atmosphere of a outdoor hockey game, no matter the venue and no matter the age, that brings out the untainted youthful enthusiasm and passion for the sport, and for life in general – even for just a little while.
Even if it’s for just one long weekend in February in a cool Rockey Mountain football stadium, this event will be something special to be a part of. As a spectator. As a member of the media (traditional and emerging media members). As a player. As a television viewer. As a radio listener. As a fan!
The fact that this game will likely have major meaning for both squads will make it all the more magical. Both the Calgary Flames and Montreal Canadiens have been playing what can be best described as playoff hockey in February. Each and every game seems to be of the utmost importance for both teams.
I am honoured to be representing THW at this event, reporting live from practices and from both the Alumni game (featuring many players from the ’89 Cup finals as well as the recently retired and now Flames Special Assistant to the GM, Craig Conroy) on Saturday February 20th, as well as the main event on Sunday.
NEW YORK (February 7, 2011) – With just under two weeks until the puck drops at the 2011 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic™ at McMahon Stadium in Calgary, the countdown to the much-anticipated outdoor match-up between the Montreal Canadiens and Calgary Flames at 4 p.m. MT (6 p.m. ET) on Feb. 20 continues.
A celebration of hockey’s rich outdoor history and proud Canadian heritage, the 2011 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic is the first NHL® regular season game contested outdoors in Canada since the Edmonton Oilers hosted the Canadiens at the first Heritage Classic at Commonwealth Stadium on November 22, 2003. More than 40,000 fans are expected to be in attendance at McMahon Stadium, the home to the Canadian Football League’s Calgary Stampeders on the University of Calgary campus.
On Feb. 20, CBC and RDS will carry the 2011 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic live in Canada and VERSUS will telecast the outdoor match in the United States. In addition to the standard and HD telecasts, the game is being distributed in next-generation 3D in Canada via CBC and in the U.S. via VERSUS. On radio, Calgary’s Fan 960, Montreal’s CJAD (English) and CKAC (French) and Sirius XM’s NHL Home Ice XM 204 and Sirius 208 (with Best of XM package in the US, only) will have all of the coverage around North America. NHL Network™ and NHL.com will provide extensive pre- and post-game programming. (NHL.com)