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Canucks and Senators celebrate their history with Heritage Classic uniforms

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Ottawa Senators and Vancouver Millionaires NHL throwback jerseys

Captains Jason Spezza of the Sens and Henrik Sedin of the Canucks will sport a throwback look. (Courtesy of NHL)

By Tim Newcomb

For the outdoor Heritage Classic in Vancouver on Sunday, the Canucks will take us 100 years into their past by wearing their historic Millionaires sweaters for a celebration of the city’s 1915 Stanley Cup Final vs. the original Ottawa Senators. First worn by the team last season, their uniforms honor Vancouver’s original hockey stars, specifically the Pacific Coast Hockey Association chanpions who swept the Senators of the National Hockey Association in three games.

For Sunday’s matchup, the visiting Senators were originally planning to wear their third jersey–a black-based red- and white-striped look with a large O on the chest–but the dark color scheme did not provide enough contrast to Vancouver’s dark maroon, so Ottawa switched from black to white. But their sweaters will offer historical elements from an eight-year span, 1920 to 1927, when the Senators won the Stanley Cup four times. The large “O” crest is a throwback to a design the team wore until 1934 and the horizontal stripes and cream background on the chest, arms and socks, borrows from a barber pole look of the past, one that the Montreal Canadiens revisited during their centennial celebration in 2009.

Both the Canucks and Senators are currently struggling to make the playoffs, but perhaps harkening back to their old winning days will inspire some first-rate hockey in open-air B.C. Place on Sunday.

NEWCOMB: Heritage Classic can go indoors fast

Tim Newcomb covers stadiums, design and technology for Sports Illustrated. Follow him on Twitter at @tdnewcomb


  • Published On Feb 28, 2014
  • Heritage Classic outdoor game can go inside within 20 minutes

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    BC Place in Vancouver will host the NHL outdoor Heritage Classic game.

    Indoors or outdoors? Rain and B.C. Place’s retractable roof make that the question. (Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

    By Tim Newcomb

    The deluge of heavy winter weather in the Vancouver region—more than 10 inches of snow in some areas—may have come a week too early in terms of creating some “atmosphere” for Sunday’s Heritage Classic at retractable-roof B.C. Place. But organizers of the NHL’s sixth and final outdoor game of the season certainly prefer a snowless day to one that is filled with rain. After all, rain will mean closing the roof and turning a game that has been hyped for its historic link to the 1915 Stanley Cup Final between the Vancouver Millionaires and Ottawa Senators into nothing more than an oversized indoor regular-season contest, albeit one with sweet throwback uniforms.

    Setting up home ice for the Canucks in B.C. Place, which has undergone a $500 million-plus renovation since the 2010 Olympics, demanded the tightest turnaround of all the NHL’s outdoor games. Crews couldn’t start building the rink and making ice until the B.C. Home + Garden Show wrapped up on Sunday, Feb. 23. And the NHL will have to get out fairly quick after the 1 p.m. (Pacific time) start time on Sunday, with the MLS’ Whitecaps home opener slated for Saturday, March 8.

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  • Published On Feb 28, 2014
  • Taking the NHL Outside: The making of stadium hockey

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    By Tim Newcomb

    It doesn’t take a meteorologist to know that a sheet of NHL ice outdoors — in stadiums that seat more than 100,000, no less — offers both an aesthetically pleasing visual effect and plenty of challenging weather questions. Just ask NHL ice guru Dan Craig.

    The league has expanded its outdoor program from one or two games per year to six across five North American stadiums — including Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles — presenting Craig with his biggest and most difficult job yet. The scariest part? All of his efforts in the widely varying locales will be at the mercy of the elements, which will ultimately determine the final quality of the ice.

    GALLERY: The NHL’s Outdoor Games

    The 2014 outdoor series begins with the Maple Leafs against the Red Wings at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on Jan. 1. Craig tells Sports Illustrated that he’s hoping for a “party house,” and he may get one. “Michigan, because it is the Big House, it will be absolutely amazing to stand out on that field and have 110,000 screaming fans,” he says. “I can’t imagine that, as a hockey player. They will get jacked right up.”

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  • Published On Dec 31, 2013
  • Source: Rangers to play Islanders, Devils at Yankee Stadium in 2014

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    Yankee Stadium will feature a bit more ice next season when it plays host to two NHL matchups. (John Iacono/SI)

    By Allan Muir

    If one outdoor hockey game each year is special, the NHL is banking that six is even better.

    Multiple sources are reporting that the New York Rangers will skate in a pair of outdoor games next year at at Yankee Stadium. The Blueshirts will play the New Jersey Devils on Jan. 26 and the New York Islanders on Jan. 29.

    The timing might seem odd, but it plays out as a genius act of coat-tailing. With the Super Bowl slated for the following weekend, the largest media contingent of the year will be descending on New York City that week. What better way to fill their downtime–and help promote the sport–than with a pair of hockey spectacles.

    The games will complement a burgeoning outdoor schedule that already features the Red Wings and Maple Leafs facing off in the Winter Classic on Jan. 1. Other matches in the works include Pittsburgh vs. Chicago on March 1 at Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears, along with the expected return of the Heritage Classic on March 2, when Vancouver will host Ottawa at BC Place. There also are reports that the Los Angeles Kings will to host the Anaheim Ducks at Chavez Ravine on Jan. 25.

    You can expect cries of overkill from some corners, but the league is gambling that the public’s appetite for these outdoor spectacles is nowhere close to being sated. Odds are they’re right. You can bet the games will sell out and draw huge numbers on TV.

    And that’s why it’s not just the paying public that’s excited by this news. These games will provide the league a chance to soothe any ill will that lingers with sponsors in the wake of the lockout. NBC Sports, the network that invested heavily in the league almost two years ago to the day, will gain five new appointment dates on its schedule. There will be five new title sponsor deals, like the one that’s worked out well for Bridgestone, and five new opportunities for the rest of the league’s affiliates to line their coffers.

    We’ll have more as the story develops.


  • Published On Apr 16, 2013
  • Dodger Stadium may be hosting an outdoor NHL game in 2014

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    The Big House in Ann Arbor will be hosting the 2014 Winter Classic, but Dodger Stadium may get an outdoor game of its own next year. (Harry How/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    On the morning that the NHL confirmed the details for the 2014 Winter Classic, rumors started flying about additional outdoor games…and one gained immediate traction.

    Moments after NHL COO John Collins spoke at the Winter Classic presser about the possibility for additional outdoor games to be added to the schedule as soon as next season, outspoken player agent Allan Walsh tweeted that a “deal is done” for Dodger Stadium to host an event in 2014.

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  • Published On Apr 07, 2013


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