The Olympics are over and players are on their way back to North America and their NHL teams, just in time for two outdoor games. Thursday February 20, the National Hockey League, announced plans to hold a free outdoor hockey and entertainment festival for fans of all ages in celebration of the 2014 Tim Horton’s NHL Heritage Classic game between the Ottawa Senators and the Vancouver Canucks. The City of Vancouver and the NHL are partnering on this event.
Sunday, Mar. 2 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – the fun begins. The parking lot outside the Plaza of Nations will transform into the 2014 Canadian Tire NHL Spectator Plaza. Festivities that highlight the event include: autograph opportunities and question and answer session with 1994 Vancouver Canucks Stanley Cup Final team members Cliff Ronning and Kirk McLean; interactive hockey-themed attractions; a wide selection of officially licensed merchandise and collectibles; and so much more. Starting at 10:30 a.m., enjoy a musical performance by Side One presented by SiriusXM.
Many Canadian corporate partners of the NHL will be on Canadian Tire NHL Spectator Plaza, including: ScotiaBank, Bridgestone Tire, Molson, Kraft, Reebok and Tim Hortons to name just a few. PHN will be there and Tweet updates.
The Heritage Classic itself features the Senators and host Canucks. Each has been struggling this season for consistency. The Senators were on a slight upswing ahead of the Sochi Olympics while the Canucks have been mired in a free fall in the West that has seen them flirt with missing the playoffs altogether this season.
Ottawa is on the outside looking in but for the Senators, the race is much tighter with few points separating teams in the 6th through 10th positions.
Vancouver sits two points out of the 8th spot in the West but there are several teams vying for that spot and most are not in the tailspin the Canucks find themselves.
The Heritage Classic may be the tonic both these teams need. The question is who will take the opportunity to get healthy in the standings.