The National Hockey League has finally confirmed what had been rumoured for a while now—the Vancouver Canucks will play one of their home games at B.C. Place next season.
The Canucks will host the Ottawa Senators on March 2, 2014, in the third installment of the NHL's Heritage Classic. Edmonton hosted the first Heritage Classic in 2003 and Calgary held one in 2011.
This will mark the first time B.C. Place Stadium has been the site of an NHL game, although the facility did host the league's 1990 Entry Draft.
"With one of the world's great facilities as the setting, and one of the world's most scenic cities as the backdrop, the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic at B.C. Place in Vancouver will honor hockey's Canadian heritage," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement released this morning. "With the excitement, the entertainment, the competitiveness and the fun of this game, the Canucks and Senators will create special memories for hockey fans everywhere."
"Canucks Sports & Entertainment is proud to bring the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic to Vancouver to share this marquee event with our fans," added Canucks president and general manager Mike Gillis. "The NHL Heritage Classic allows our sport to further celebrate the history of the game while doing so in a unique venue. We look forward to showcasing our city, province, team and fans this upcoming March."
No word yet on whether the NHL and the Canucks plan to have the roof open for the event.