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Looking Back At The Heritage Classic

from the Montreal Gazette,
Once was enough, Theodore said after practice - indoors - yesterday. "I'm really happy I did it once, but I wouldn't look forward to doing it again. It was a one-shot experience," he said. "It's going to be a little warmer playing the Oilers inside. A lot fewer fans, though." Theodore and his team prevailed in the Heritage Classic game, 4-3, but it was a long, bitterly cold night. "I had to go to the bench on every faceoff to put my gloves up to the heater. I couldn't catch anything. I couldn't feel the puck, so when I got a shot, I knew it wouldn't hurt me," Theodore said. Montreal defenceman Craig Rivet's memories were also running hot and cold yesterday as he recalled the NHL's great outdoor showcase. "Talking about how cold it was that day maybe made it colder than it actually was," Rivet said. "I remember playing at that temperature when I was 10 years old on an outdoor rink in Thunder Bay and I'd be out there from 8 in the morning until 8 at night, with spotted times in the heated shack. "It didn't bother me then. I don't know why it bothered us with heaters on the bench.
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