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Tortorella hopes playing Heritage Classic will help Canucks' scoring woes

Saturday, 03.01.2014 / 3:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Tortorella hopes playing Heritage Classic will help Canucks' scoring woes

VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Canucks got into the spirit of the Heritage Classic on Saturday.

The Canucks donned vintage maroon, red and beige uniforms as they practised on a makeshift rink at B.C. Place Stadium in preparation for Sunday's outdoor game against the Ottawa Senators.

The Senators were scheduled to skate later Saturday.

First, the Canucks wore the replica Vancouver Millionaires jerseys and posed for a team picture. Then they switched into practice uniforms with goalies and forwards in maroon red and defencemen in grey.

Coach John Tortorella and his staff wore maroon sweatsuits.

But goalies Roberto Luongo and Eddie Lack had the best-looking stuff.

Luongo wore a maroon mask adorned with a beige "V" and the word Vancouver on it. He also sported faux-leather brown pads and gloves.

Lack wore a similar mask with maroon and beige pads and gloves.

Players are hoping the stadium roof will be open Sunday as it was on a partly cloudy Saturday.

Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for coastal B.C. on Sunday with five to 10 centimetres expected inland and at higher elevations in Metro Vancouver.

But in case the weather forecast is wrong, the field has already been covered with artificial snow.

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