REGINA, Saskatchewan –– The rivalry between the Calgary Flames and Winnipeg Jets will transcend the ice on the 2019 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Basic.
The sport Oct. 26 at Mosaic Stadium right here in Saskatchewan’s capital might be a battle over allegiances within the Canadian province located between Calgary, 450 miles to the west in Alberta, and Winnipeg, 340 miles to the east in Manitoba.
“We joked that we did not have the UFC face-to-face (weigh-in),” mentioned Flames president and COO John Bean, who attended a press convention with Jets govt chairman Mark Chipman at Mosaic Stadium on Friday. “However everybody is aware of that there are such a lot of nice those who develop up in Saskatchewan which have migrated to Alberta, so we do genuinely assume that that is going to really feel like a house crowd.”
Bean mentioned that the Flames possession group through the years has included Saskatchewanians such because the Seaman household (Byron, Daryl), the McCaig household (Bud, Jeffrey) and present chairman Murray Edwards, who was born and raised in Regina.
The Flames’ present vice chairman and CEO, Ken King, is from Hanley, Saskatchewan.
“However that we’re formally the visiting staff for this sport, we’re, with out hesitation, contemplating the 2019 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Basic a house sport for the Calgary Flames,” Bean mentioned.
Mosaic Stadium, which opened in 2017, is house to the Canadian Soccer League’s Saskatchewan Roughriders. When the Heritage Basic turns into a spotlight on the stadium early within the 2019-20 NHL season, Regina and Saskatchewan sports activities followers might really feel compelled to decide on sides if they do not already cheer for the Flames or Jets.
The rivalries they know greatest are within the CFL, the place the fervour for his or her Roughriders runs significantly scorching after they play the Calgary Stampeders or Winnipeg Blue Bombers. (The Flames and Stampeders are owned by Calgary Sports activities and Leisure.)
Bean, a local of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, understands the native sporting rivalries properly.
“Being from Saskatchewan and residing in Alberta poses a dilemma sometimes,” he mentioned. “When the Roughriders play in opposition to the Stampeders at McMahon Stadium in Calgary, virtually half the group is sporting inexperienced (Saskatchewan’s uniform shade). On this day of political correctness, we loyal Saskatchewan transplants prefer to say that in relation to sport in Calgary, we’re purple on the skin and inexperienced on the within.
“I do know we now have so many Flames followers in Saskatchewan and it will likely be an thrilling time to share the outdoor-game expertise with them. For in the future solely, we hope to have a sea of purple in Regina and everyone knows we’re nonetheless inexperienced on the within.”
Saskatchewan is a part of the native tv broadcast areas for the Flames, Jets and Edmonton Oilers.
Chipman mentioned the Heritage Basic might be marked by divided loyalties.
“I feel we each lay declare to this territory,” Chipman mentioned. “I do not know that both of us can declare that we now have the higher hand.
“The Bombers-Riders rivalry is basically intense, and I do not know the way the individuals in Saskatchewan really feel concerning the Jets in that regard. I have not thought of it so much, however I count on it will be break up just about down the center. That might be my guess.”
Chipman mentioned that followers at Mosaic Stadium are in for a outstanding expertise due to the grandness of the Heritage Basic occasion and in addition as a result of it will likely be a regular-season NHL sport between two groups primarily based in Western Canada.
“I count on there might be loads of depth,” Chipman mentioned. “… With these out of doors video games, there’s plenty of pageantry however they’re actual video games. And I feel it is actually, actually sensible to have groups which might be accustomed to taking part in each other, so it must be a fantastic one.
“It (Mosaic Stadium) has obtained a fantastic really feel. This sport’s in October and it is going to really feel like a soccer sport on ice in some respects.”
Bean mentioned he is sure the occasion might be memorable.
“All of Saskatchewan are passionate hockey followers,” he mentioned. “All of us grew up taking part in the sport. All of us had frozen ft, performed on out of doors rinks and our dads rubbed our ft to get them thawing out, so there is not any doubt the fervour is right here. The followers are obsessed with all sports activities and so they’re actually pleased with their group, so I feel that is going to be a knock-it-out-the-park occasion.”
Tickets for the sport go on sale on Ticketmaster.ca and Ticketmaster.com on April 25 at 10 a.m. CT.