August 05, 2010
Unlike the Winter Classic press conference last week, yesterday in Calgary during the formal announcement of the Heritage Classic, the Montreal Canadiens and Calgary Flames unveiled the jerseys they'll wear next February 20th at McMahon Stadium.
As we had hoped yesterday, the Flames went with a hybrid version of a jersey that honors the Calgary Tigers, first professional team in the area that challenged for the Stanley Cup twice during the 1920's.
The full mock-up is on the right and as you see, the Flames also plan on going with beige pants to fill out the look. You'll be sure to hear plenty of McDonald's-related jokes between now and February.
Montreal's look will be similar to what they wore from 1974-1996, which means they basically just added the Heritage Classic patch. In all fairness, as we talked about yesterday, the Canadiens haven't changed their jerseys much in their long history, but come on guys, at least re-use one of the centennial jerseys to be a little different. Imagine the Habs' "barbershop poles" plus these Flames jerseys in stunning high-definition?
(And you thought Don Cherry's suits did damage to your eyesight.)
Adding to the Heritage Classic festivities, it was announced that the Regina Pats and Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League Flames would take to the McMahon Stadium ice the following day. Also, Flames president Ken King said that there are plans to hold an alumni game like was done before the 2003 Heritage Classic in Edmonton.
But enough about the peripheral events, let's get back to the jerseys and your feelings on them ...
Pass or Fail: Montreal and Calgary's Heritage Classic jerseys