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Team eyeing its own Heritage Classic

The Maple Leafs are finalizing plans for an outdoor regular season game to be played around New Year's Day 2008 at their new 20,000-seat BMO Field.

"I have spoken to commissioner (Gary) Bettman and he likes the idea," said Richard Peddie, president and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd. "We haven't signed off on it yet, but it would be a special event for a new stadium and put it on the map. It's certainly feasible to put the ice in, but now we have to work with the City of Toronto on such things as the sports bubble (that is to cover the field for winter community use).

"We also have to consider the cost. I've spoken to Pat Laforge (CEO of the Edmonton Oilers, who staged the hugely successful Heritage Classic at Commonwealth Stadium Nov. 22, 2003) who reminded me it's an expensive thing.

"So if we go to that trouble, we'd want to make a real event out of it, have some things leading into the game and something leading out. Of course we'd also have to decide on who we'd want to play."

MAGICAL GAME

The Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Buffalo Sabres and Detroit Red Wings come to mind, all within driving distance and able to buy tickets any Leafs loyalists would not likely snap up. The Oilers played the Canadiens in their outdoor game, drawing 57,167 fans, preceded by an oldtimers match involving stars from the two clubs' Stanley Cup dynasties. Temperatures hovered around the freezing mark during the Edmonton game, but frigid fans loved it.

"It would be very hard to duplicate the magic of that game," Peddie said. "But I think New Year's Day would be a date to look at, which would create a lot of interest in Canada and the United States."

TorontoSun.com - Hockey - Leafs want to play outdoors
 

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I think it would be a good idea to have another outdoor game.
Wasn't there was a game during the lockout with a bunch of random players? In Hamilton? I remember Brodeur had a mic in his helmet and talked the whole game... and the ice was all slushy because of the weather... Anyone else remember? lol
 

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Yeah but I was hoping for a bigger venue than BMO field. 20,000 is a lot but nowhere near what they did in Edmonton.
Soldier Field would be a good place, although I'm not sure you could get 60,000 Blackhawk fans to sit in the cold (is there 60,000 Blackhawk fans?).

Maybe Rich Stadium and a game between the Sabres and Leafs?
 
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