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The Heritage Classic: A Look Back

When the Flames and Jets meet it will only be the 5th time the Heritage Classic has taken place.

NHL Heritage Classic - Montreal Canadiens v Calgary Flames Photo by Mike Ridewood/Getty Images

Tim Horton’s 2019 Heritage Classic Coverage

With the Flames and Jets set to take the ice this weekend in Regina, we thought it would be fun to look back at all of the past Heritage Classic games with some tidbits and info regarding the outdoor series.

The First

Canadiens v Oilers

In 2003 the NHL scheduled it’s first outdoor game (Heritage Classic) between the Edmonton Oilers and Montreal Canadiens and since 2008 the outdoor games have occurred every season and multiple times. The Heritage Classic however, has only occurred four times since the Oilers and Canadiens hit the ice in Edmonton back in 2003.

Calgary Flames

2011 Heritage Classic - Montreal Canadiens v Calgary Flames Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images

Calgary, up until this season, has only participated in one Heritage Classic, back on February 20, 2011 in Calgary against the Montreal Canadiens. The Flames defeated Montreal 4-0 on an extremely cold night at McMahon Stadium where 41,000+ braved the -25C temperatures to watch the hometown Flames dominate the visiting Canadiens.

Winnipeg Jets

2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic - Edmonton Oilers v Winnipeg Jets Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images

Like the Flames, Winnipeg has only played outdoors once as well, back on October 23, 2016 against the Edmonton Oilers. The game was played in Winnipeg with the Jets falling to the Oilers 3-0 in front of 33,000+ on a much warmer day than the Flames got. This game was delayed due to sun glare and the temperature was a balmy 10C.

Past Results

11/22/03: Edmonton Oilers 4 - Montreal Canadiens 3

2/20/11: Calgary Flames 4 - Montreal Canadiens 0

3/2/14: Ottawa Senators 4 - Vancouver Canucks 2

10/23/16: Edmonton Oilers 3 - Winnipeg Jets 0

Highest Scoring Game

11/22/03: Edmonton Oilers 4 - Montreal Canadiens 3 (7 goals total)

Largest Crowd

11/22/03: Edmonton Oilers vs Montreal Canadiens, 57,167 (Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton AB)

Most Appearances

Montreal Canadiens/Edmonton Oilers (2 times each)

Most Points

Steve Staois (EDM): 3 (1G 2A)

Most Saves

Miikka Kiprusoff (CGY): 39 (2/20/11)


Calgary Flames 4 - Montreal Canadiens 0

Winnipeg Jets 0 - Edmonton Oilers 3