I don't understand why the NHL doesn't have this game on ESPN or somehow nationally televised in the US. What a great promotional boost for the sport it would be. I guess it's a US\Canada TV rights thing but they should've come to some sort of agreement to bring this into the homes of as many people as possible....
Heritage Classic on TV:
on the CBC, RDS/SRC
and NHL Center Ice
Ford MegaStars Alumni Game
Canadiens vs. Oilers
Montreal at Edmonton in the NHL's first outdoor regular-season game, from Commonwealth Stadium. A record crowd of over 50,000 is expected as part of a day-long celebration of the NHL's 86th anniversary and the Oilers' 25th season.
Watched the game tonight on CBC in the presence of many canadians, everyone reminisce about pond hockey. About how much they loved it, how cold thier toes where, how much fun they had, etc... While I on the other hand remembered sitting behind a grocery store in Brooklyn with a portable radio, listening to ranger games, with are feet dangling over a steam grate trying to keep our toes warm in winter, sure wish we had ice in Brooklyn.
Bettman and the league idiots have their heads up their a$$. I agree 100% with the about.com writer that not televising the outdoor game is a major major mistake.
Here's a suggestion: I'm not sure how practical this is, but if I were the guy in charge of promoting the NHL in the U.S., I'd broker a deal to get the CBC and HNIC broadcasts on down here. ESPN bites.