Expect ‘very fast ice’ for Heritage Classic: NHL

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:


  1. matrags says:

    on Ovie , did the League review it , or does he walk again….

  2. The Cat says:

    I was thinking Samuelsson as well.

    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  3. Da Hema says:

    I am with you entirely. Cooke is one of those players who, like Kjell Samuelsson (who ended Pierre Mondou’s career, amongst others), requires a biblical form of justice.

  4. HabFanSince72 says:

    So Savard is out for the season.

    On a related topic, Matt Cooke did a knee on knee yesterday. Very dangerous play.

  5. Ian Cobb says:

    Crosby might be out for the season as a precaution also

  6. habs365 says:

    it’ll all come out in the wash

  7. PeterD says:

    Matt Cooke’s legacy…

    Savard – concussion (maybe career ending)
    Markov – Knee injury game 1 against Pittsburg in play-offs…may be career ending as it has weakened his knee severely…
    And now Ovechkin – knee…lucky he hasn’t any damage to his knee from that recent cheap shot.

    When will the NHL address this A–Hole and deal with the legacy of dirty hits he hands out.

  8. Da Hema says:

    The NHL will do nothing. The question is when will an opponent decapitate him. Cooke sorely deserves it; I’d praise a player who ended his career.

  9. HardHabits says:

    It’s rare if ever that I wish injury upon a hockey player. Matt Cooke is one of those rare exceptions. I got a great deal of joy watching Evander Kane pummel him. Not enough though. Cooke truly deserves to be taken out. The harder the better.

  10. HabFanSince72 says:

    In fairness, the Markov injury was the result of a pretty normal bodycheck.


  11. wd40 says:

    ah.. the Canadian Super Bowl Commercials were simply AWESOME.  Those 37 commercials for the Season Finale of Flashpoint made me want to claw my eyes out.  

  12. fbkj says:

    another reason to dissolve the CRTC

  13. WestHab says:

    can’t wait but a long range forcast?? You go to be kidding they can’t predict the next hour in Calgary never mind 13 days from now. I hope they did not jinx the weather by saying it will be perfect. By the way we got a pile of snow today just because they started to remove the snow off the field late last week.

    – Who will be at the Heritage Classic?

  14. Exit716 says:

    That was Ulf Sammuelsson that high sticked Mondou. He never got his, except for the time Tie Domi suckered him and got an eight game suspension for the effort.

  15. Cool Ice Price says:

    All the Leafs need is a Top Goalie. They have scored one less goal than the Habs for petes sakes!

  16. gohabsgo25 says:

    whoever is going to the classic. where are all the habs fans meeting? we should make a perfect entrance in the stadium

  17. Da Hema says:

    Good eye. It was Ulf.

  18. Habnofear says:

    HardHabits is Todd Bertuzzi and DeHema is Cris Simon ? Internet toughguys eh? Or HOCKEY DADS FROM HELLLL……….

  19. The Teacher says:

    A crapload of crap indeed. So disappointing.

  20. habstrinifan says:

    Just read one of the most interesting trade rumour.. Alez Kovalev to Pittsburgh.

    If Crosby is not shelved for the season, I think this is a very plausible solution to Pittsburgh injury problems.

    Ale xis a bum but even a bum will score playing with Crosby.

  21. longbow says:

    If they get a chinook they’ll be playing in sneakers with an orange rubber ball.

  22. matrags says:

    thats my point Ian , and when he comes back will it be with a thin skull , will he be able to play like he has in the past or will he have to be looking over his shoulder worried about the next hit to his head …..

  23. CoffinJR says:


    Ill be there, but wasnt sure if there was gonna be a meeting spot for the habs. If anything it should probably be on the eastside where all the people from the lrt get off. Is there lots of people from HIO that are going?

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