The excitement for the 2011 Tim Hortons Heritage Classic reached an all-time high in Regina, Saskatchewan on Saturday night.
Fans of the Regina Pats got a first-hand look at the NHL's mobile ice factory after they watched their team beat the Prince Albert Raiders at Brandt Center. Regina will also skate on the rink Dan Craig is about to build at McMahon Stadium, where the Calgary Flames will host the Montreal Canadiens on Feb. 20.
"We had the truck at the junior game here (Saturday) night," said Craig, the NHL's Facilities Operations Manager. "The Regina Pats are playing the Calgary Hitmen in the second game after the Heritage Classic. We had the truck parked in front of their arena (Saturday) night. We had a lot of people stop by the truck and take a look at it."
Reached via telephone from a Canadian Tire, Craig and his crew is ready to make its next stop on the road to Calgary, which is anxiously awaiting for what is primed to be a historic day in the Canadian city. But the good people in Calgary aren't the only Canadians excited for the Heritage Classic.
"We're ready to take the truck from Regina to Saskatoon," Craig told NHL.com. "They say it's 12 (degrees) with a wind chill of probably close to zero. I'm starting to do the teeth-chattering thing. But we had a good response here today. There's a lot of rinks in the community here. People have been stopping by to take a look.
"We've done a lot of hockey tournaments out in this area. It's definitely back into my old stomping grounds. This is going to be very special."