Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,
Some exciting news for hockey fans, as the City has been chosen by the National Hockey League to host the upcoming Heritage Classic at Tim Hortons Field on March 22nd, 2022.
For more details, please continue reading below…
The Heritage Classic, first played in 2003 between the Montreal Canadiens and Edmonton Oilers in Edmonton, commemorates and celebrates the history of the game in Canada.
The last Heritage Classic was played in Regina between the Winnipeg Jets and Calgary Flames in 2019. The Sabres will be the first American team to play in a Heritage Classic.
Although it hasn’t been much of a rivalry in recent years with the teams heading in different directions in the standings, the Sabres and Maple Leafs have faced off in 218 regular-season games since the 1970-71 season, with the Sabres holding a 262-195 edge in points over the Leafs (BUF 117-73-28—262; TOR 83-106-29— 195), in addition to their matchup in the 1999 Eastern Conference Final where the Sabres prevailed 4 games to 1.
Maple Leafs President and former NHLer Brendan Shanahan, in a media release from the NHL, said that “The Toronto Maple Leafs are proud to participate in the 2022 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic”…“We’re excited at the opportunity to play outdoors again and to bring this great divisional rivalry outside in front of our two devoted fanbases in Hamilton.”.
“It’s an honor to play in the Heritage Classic game,” Sabres general manager Kevyn Adams said in the same release. “It will be an incredible atmosphere and we are thrilled to be able to play the Maple Leafs in this special event. Many of us fell in love with hockey while playing on the pond or in backyards, so this will give us a chance to get back to our roots while celebrating the game of hockey.”
In addition to next year’s Heritage Classic, Tim Hortons Field will be home to this year’s 108th Grey Cup.
Details on tickets will be released in the coming months.