• AUDIO: NHL’s Dan Craig
The outdoor Heritage Classic between the Canadiens and Calgary Flames is less than two weeks away, and NHL facilities operations manager Dan Craig is already hard at work with his crew preparing McMahon Stadium for the Feb. 20 event.
In a 15-minute conference call with media this afternoon, Craig spoke of preparations for the event, the second involving the Canadiens; the Habs also participated in the 2003 Heritage Classic at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton vs. the Oilers.
Craig said the long-range weather suggests minus-5 to minus-6 C on game day – ideal temperatures for organizers – with the mercury dipping as low as minus-10 C. Either way, that certainly will beat the rain that faced Craig and the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals at Heinz Field on New Year’s Day for the Winter Classic.
Said Craig: “It’s going to be a very fast sheet of ice… for these guys to play the best game they can on that particular day.”
See below for cover artwork of the Heritage Classic program, released today:
Heritage Classic souvenir program cover: