By Allan Muir
The long rumored return of the Heritage Classic is now official.
The NHL announced Wednesday morning that the Vancouver Canucks will host the Ottawa Senators at BC Place on Sunday, March 24, at 2 p.m.
With this announcement, all six of the league’s 2014 outdoor games have been confirmed. Well, all six games that could be played outdoors.
The league’s press release pointed out this will be the first game played in a facility with a retractable roof, and that’s probably a point worth remembering. BC Place, best known for hosting the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics, had the roof installed after the Games because Vancouver tends to get more than its share of rain. A downpour led the league to delay the start of the 2011 Winter Classic in Pittsburgh by six hours, and while playing under the lights made for a great visual, that late start wreaked havoc on the NHL’s broadcast partners. It’s nice to have the roof option in the back pocket, then.