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Taking the Rivalry Outdoors – Heritage Classic

The Announcement!

The Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs will be taking their long standing rivalry outdoors next season as the NHL announced today that these two teams will take place in the 2022 Tim Hortons Heritage Classic on March 13th.

The NHL has done a great job with the outdoor games. They had two games played on Lake Tahoe and the background to that game was surreal. Even though the game will be played in a stadium, it’s always cool to see hockey played outdoors. It will be Toronto’s second outdoor game and it will be the third for Buffalo. Toronto won their game in the 2014 Winter Classic as they defeated the Detroit Red Wings in Michigan. As for the Sabres, they have not had any success in outdoor games as they lost in the first ever Winter Classic in 2008 against the Pittsburgh Penguins and lost to the New York Rangers in the 2018 Winter Classic, so maybe third time’s a charm for Buffalo.

Additional Thoughts on The Heritage Classic

For the location, I think the NHL nailed it. As you can see in the tweet above, the game will be played at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, Ontario. Hamilton is only a 1 hour and 16 minute drive from Buffalo. From Toronto, it’s only a 52 minute drive. We all know the Maple Leafs have a huge fanbase that extends throughout Canada but the Sabres fanbase does extend into Ontario so it will be interesting to see the support each team has at the game. You can watch the 2022 Tim Hortons Heritage Classic on TNT, Sportsnet and TVA Sports @3pm.

-Zach Jezioro (@ZachJ_13 on Twitter)

(Featured image credit to Sportsnet).

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