It’s not often that you can say in sports that a meeting between two teams is the most significant event in their rivalry in 99 years, but that happens to be the case with the 2014 Heritage Classic game featuring the Ottawa Senators and the Vancouver Canucks.
When you go back that far in history, you’re talking pre-NHL days. In this case, we’re referring to the 1915 Stanley Cup Finals between the Pacific Coast Hockey Association champion Vancouver Millionaires and the National Hockey Association champion Ottawa Senators. The Millionaires swept the best-of-five series in three games, with a combined score of 26-8. We can only hope this year’s Heritage Classic will be more competitive.
While hockey fans will be tuning in for the novelty of watching world-class hockey players performing outdoors, the Senators (12th in the Eastern Conference) and Canucks (tied for eighth in the Western Conference) are both fighting to get back in the playoff picture. Vancouver is tied with Dallas and Winnipeg for the final playoff seed in the West, but they are 2-7-1 in their last 10 games so they must hope that the biggest crowd to ever watch them play — over 50,000 are expected to attend this year’s Heritage Classic at B.C. Place — will inspire them to snap out of their funk.
You can tune in to the Heritage Classic at 4:00 pm Eastern on CBC in Canada or on NBC Sports Network in the U.S. While you’re watching, join Adam Proteau on The Hockey News’ Twitter account for our #THNLive coverage of the game, presented by Honda. You could win a Honda prize pack valued at $600, including an official Team Canada Olympic hockey jersey and a $100 gas card.