Outdoor games are becoming more and more prevelant in today’s NHL, and the league announced today the schedule for the first of such games in the 2016-17 season. The Heritage Classic will be held in Winnipeg this season, and will see the Jets face off against Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers – who were part of the very first Heritage Classic – on October 23rd, just a few weeks into the season.
Two legends teams will play on the Saturday (Oct 22), with Kevin Lowe and Dale Hawerchuk (both of whom will play in the game) announcing the rosters today. The spectacular Oilers legends squad will feature:
For the Jets, along with Hawerchuk* the legends roster includes:
* denotes Hall of Fame member
Hawerchuk announced that they will probably have a few additions in the future, but for now both rosters represent a who’s-who of the NHL and WHA. These teams played in the final WHA game, when the Jets defeated the Gretzky-led Oilers for the 1979 championship.