The Vancouver Canucks and BC Place Stadium are “likely” to play host to the 2014 NHL Heritage Classic outdoor game, according to the Winnipeg Free Press.
A league source told the Free Press that the league is hoping to hold the Heritage Classic, the all-Canadian equivalent of the Winter Classic, in both 2014 and 2016.
The report says Winnipeg is in negotiations to host the 2016 game at the soon to be open Investors Group Field, while Vancouver is the “likely destination” for the 2014 game.
Sportsnet’s John Shannon is disputing the Free Press story, however. He says there has been no discussions for an outdoor game in Vancouver.
As follow-up to earlier, there have been no discussions with NHL and Canucks about an outdoor game (well,sort of) at BC Place in 2014.
— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) March 10, 2013
Last month, the Fourth Period reported the NHL was interested in doing “multiple” outdoor games in next year as a way to recoup some of the revenue losses from the 2012-13 lockout. It named Yankee Stadium in New York and Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles as possible locations for Winter Classic games and Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton and BC Place for the Heritage Classic.
The 2014 Winter Classic, between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs, is slated to take place at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan on or around January 1, 2014.
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