The Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabers could take the away ice in Hamilton next season.
The NHL is considering a Heritage Classic between the Sabers and the Leafs at Tim Hortons Field, according to a report by Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News. The target date is March 13, and the Sabers are expected to be the home team.
Neither the Leafs nor the NHL commented late Sunday.
Tim Hortons Field, home of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, typically accommodates up to 23,000 fans, but can be expanded to 40,000 for special events.
There have been five Heritage Classic games (all between Canadian teams) since the event began in 2003 with a clash between Montreal and Edmonton which was the NHL’s first away game. The Leafs are the only Canadian team that has yet to compete in a Heritage Classic, despite having played in three other outdoor games, most recently in 2018 against the Washington Capitals.
How will the ice hold up in Hamilton at the end of the winter season? That’s surely a question on the minds of the league and its fans following last season’s ice-melting outdoor affair between the Vegas Golden Knights and the Colorado Avalanche in Lake Tahoe. The event was halted for eight hours after a blazing sun and temperatures hovering around the freezing point resulted in poor icy conditions.
On March 13, temperatures reached a maximum of 5 ° C in the afternoon in Hamilton, according to Environment Canada. In 2020, the daily high was 10 ° C. In 2017, parts of the city saw 13 centimeters of snow.
Conversations are opinions of our readers and are subject to Code of conduct. The Star does not endorse these opinions.