For the first time since 2019, the Heritage Classic is back with two first-time teams partaking in the event.
The Sabres will host the Maple Leafs in Hamilton, Ont., at Tim Hortons Field, home of the Canadien Football League’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
This marks the first time a Heritage Classic involves a non-Canadian team, in addition to the first appearance for the Maple Leafs in the event. Toronto has previously been a part of the Winter Classic, playing in the New Year’s Day event in 2017, as well as the NHL’s Centennial Classic in 2017, an outdoor game celebrating the 100 years since the beginning of the NHL. Buffalo participated in the first Winter Classic in 2008, as well as the game in 2018.
Sparks are sure to fly in the cold, Ontario weather. Here is everything you need to know ahead of the Heritage Classic.
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The 2022 Heritage Classic will be played on Sunday, March 13 with puck drop set for shortly after 4 p.m. ET.
Fans can watch the 2022 Heritage Classic on Sportsnet in Canada and TNT in the U.S. Fans can also stream the game on Sportsnet NOW in Canada and Hulu, Sling TV and Youtube TV in the U.S.
The 2022 Heritage Classic will be played at the Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, Ont. It’s the home field for the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
Both teams are honoring the past with their outdoor sweaters.
The Sabres went with their classic whites with gold and blue trim. It’s a similar look to their previous two outdoor jerseys that they wore at their Winter Classics.
According to the team, the design « draws inspiration from classic looks and details from the organization’s history, creating a fresh look for this marquee event. »
Classic looks and details with a new, fresh design…
Introducing our Heritage Classic jersey. https://t.co/6pKGaWFaCJ | @adidashockey pic.twitter.com/uDbm4lpiBc
The Maple Leafs honored the past, paying homage to when the team was referred to as the Toronto Arenas.
Toronto’s team slogan of « Honour, Pride, Courage » is seen across the inside of the neck of the jersey.
For the Heritage Classic, the @MapleLeafs pay homage to their roots with these slick @adidashockey threads. ? pic.twitter.com/RyQT4XZlVC
It’s expected to be cold and cloudy on Sunday for the Heritage Classic. The forecast predicts a chance of snow showers in Hamilton with a high of 33 degrees Fahrenheit.
No team has won on multiple occasions in the short time since the Heritage Classic has been introduced.
Out of the six Canadian teams that have played, five of them have won a Heritage Classic. The lone exception is the Canucks, who lost in their lone appearance in 2014.