Tuesday, January 1, 2019
REGINA TO HOST NHL HERITAGE CLASSIC FEATURING FLAMES, JETS
Regina's Mosaic Stadium has been tapped to host the NHL's fifth Heritage Classic between the Calgary Flames and Winnipeg Jets next season, the league announced Tuesday.
The NHL revealed that the all-Canadian outdoor hockey game will be hosted by Saskatchewan's capital city on Oct. 26.
Mosaic Stadium, the home of the CFL's Saskatchewan Roughriders, has a standard capacity of 33,000 and can be expanded to 40,000.
John Bean, president and COO of the Flames, expects the club will have strong support at the game.
"We have a lot of great roots in Saskatchewan throughout our ownership, management and our fans,'' he said. "Outdoor hockey in Canada is what it is all about. This brings us right back to the heritage of the game and we are so excited to be a part of it again.''
Previous Heritage Classic's were held at Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium in 2003, Calgary's McMahon Stadium in 2011, Vancouver's BC Place in 2014 and Winnipeg's Investor's Group Field in 2016.
Flames captain Mark Giordano, who suited up for Calgary against the Montreal Canadiens in the 2011 matchup, said he is excited to play in another outdoor game.
"I had such a great time (in 2011) and I'm sure we will again. Playing another Canadian team in a city like Regina in Mosaic Stadium will be a great atmosphere. I am really looking forward to it.''