Oilers will host the Flames in the 2023 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic

The Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers will play in the 2023 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta on October 29.

The seventh Heritage Classic returns to Commonwealth Stadium for the 20th anniversary of the NHL’s first outdoor regular season game. The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Oilers 4-3 in the 2003 NHL Heritage Classic in front of 57,167 fans at the home of the Canadian Football League’s Edmonton Elks.

Since then, there have been 34 other regular season outdoor games attended by 1,755,438 fans.

The Pittsburgh Penguins will face the Boston Bruins in the 2023 Discover NHL Winter Classic at Fenway Park in Boston on Monday (2 p.m. ET; TNT, SN, TVAS).

The Carolina Hurricanes host the Washington Capitals in the Navy Federal Credit Union NHL Stadium Series at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina on February 18.

The Buffalo Sabers defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 in the 2022 NHL Heritage Classic at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, Ontario on March 13, 2022.

The 2023 edition will mark the first time the Oilers and Flames have taken the “Battle of Alberta” outdoors. The game will feature some of the NHL’s top players, including centers Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl of Edmonton and downtown Jonathan Humberto and Nazem Kadri of Calgary.

“We are proud to partner with the NHL for a sixth year on the Tim Hortons NHL Classic,” said Hope Bagozzi, Chief Marketing Officer, Tim Hortons. “We are excited that the 2023 Tim Hortons NHL Classic will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the NHL’s first outdoor game — back in Edmonton where the first outdoor game was held — and with what is sure to be an exciting Battle of Alberta. “

The Flames are 1-0-1 in regular season road games. They defeated the Canadiens 4-0 in the 2011 Heritage Classic at McMahon Stadium in Calgary in front of more than 41,000 fans. Calgary was defeated by the Winnipeg Jets 2-1 in overtime in the 2019 Heritage Classic at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, Saskatoon in front of 33,518 fans.

The Oilers are 2-0-0 in the Heritage Classics, winning the inaugural event and defeating the Jets 3-0 in the 2016 game at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg with 32,240 fans in attendance.

The Flames and Oilers have faced each other in 262 NHL regular season games since 1979-80. Calgary/Atlanta holds a 287-252 points advantage over Edmonton (Flames: 131-106-6, 19 ties; Oilers: 112-122-9, 19 ties).

The two teams have met six times in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including the second round in 2022. Edmonton won the best-of-seven series 4-1.

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