The Canucks become the first team to host a game in a retractable-roof facility and third Canadian team to host a regular season game outdoors.
“With one of the world’s great facilities as the setting, and one of the world’s most scenic cities as the backdrop, the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic at BC Place in Vancouver will honor hockey’s Canadian heritage,” said Commissioner Gary Bettman.
Why Vancouver versus Ottawa? The NHL is celebrating some of the earliest history of the Stanley Cup Championship. Back in 1915, the Vancouver Millionaires were Pacific Coast Hockey Association champs while the Ottawa Senators were National Hockey Association champs (later known as the NHL). The two leagues agreed to play a champions series which the Millionaires swept in a best-of-five to be awarded the Stanley Cup.
The game will be broadcast live on CBC and RDS in Canada.
For more info on the #HeritageClassic, visit www.nhl.com/2014heritage.