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Gary Bettman On the Heritage Classic

VANCOUVER (March 2, 2014) – National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman today released the following statement regarding the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic between the Ottawa Senators and Vancouver Canucks at BC Place:

“We thank the Canucks and Senators for contributing to the terrific atmosphere at BC Place today and for providing such an entertaining conclusion to two historic months for the National Hockey League. While the weather outside prevented us from opening the roof at this outstanding stadium, the energy indoors from the more than 54,000 fans made for a memorable afternoon.

“Through the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi and the
2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic, our teams and our players displayed the very best qualities of our sport to over 375,000 fans in-person and an international viewing audience of millions more. We thank our fans, our Clubs and our players for this “season like no other” and we look forward to an exciting run to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.”

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redxblack's avatar

Has the gimmick been beaten thoroughly enough into the ground yet?? Now we’re doing indoor outdoor games (due to weather). It’s getting awfully silly.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 03/03/14 at 12:52 AM ET

blammo's avatar

I hope so. So done (though I did enjoy the Chi/Pit game).

People here, hate that venue. All of a sudden, it’s magical?

Remember when you were a kid and played hockey in a tired old football stadium?

The roof is never open. It’s a gimmick (no, really?!). The interior is not designed for the elements and the process of opening/closing is so laborious that any hint of weather and they close it. Most soccer/football games are played with the roof closed on perfectly clement days.

Posted by blammo from Vancouver, BC on 03/03/14 at 01:29 AM ET

blammo's avatar

Not to mention, starting your back-up goalie in your premiere regular season game. That Canuck team is so dysfunctional.

Posted by blammo from Vancouver, BC on 03/03/14 at 01:33 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

I watched Chicago/Pittsburgh, and was unaware of the other game.

Bad move NHL. Too much, too soon.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/03/14 at 09:51 AM ET

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Not to mention, starting your back-up goalie in your premiere regular season game.

To be fair, Lack’s GAA and save percentage are both better than Luongo’s.

Posted by Garth on 03/03/14 at 10:14 AM ET

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