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Hear from head coach Bill Peters and Flames players ahead of the Heritage Classic

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson /

Bill Peters on the brisk weather in Regina

"It's beautiful. The Prairies, this time of year, it's wonderful. Good hockey weather."

Peters on back-checking with the wind at their backs

"Our reloads are going to be fantastic on video."

Peters on the atmosphere in Regina

"It's a great hockey province and great to bring the NHL to Saskatchewan. It will be a raucious atmosphere. It's a beautiful venue. We're going over early ... take some pictures, get some videos of the Mosaic Stadium. It looks wonderful."

Travis Hamonic on the playing conditions

"Hopefully we're going with the wind a couple of times. It's certainly going to be a factor. I'd be lying if I told you it wouldn't be. It's cold so hopefully the ice conditions are going to be better than they were yesterday at practice but they're on the same ice as we are. There's not much we can do about it. We have to go out there and play."

Hamonic on playing Regina

"I think it's going to be pretty neat. You can just tell, the excitement not only around the city but the province of Saskatchewan. Great sports fans, obviously, with how they support the junior teams and of course the Riders. I think everyone is really excited for this moment. Hopefully the weather holds up … a good opportunity for everyone to watch some good hockey."

Hamonic on picking up his first point of the season on Thursday

"You're just trying to get better every game. I think as a group and as yourself personally, as a player, you're always trying to get better. We expect a lot of ourselves and I expect a lot from myself as a player as well. I don't know if I'm someone who can be categorized as far as points and things like that. I try to do a lot small things and when those parts of my game come, (points come) … I think there's a lot of other intangibles I can bring to the table and I think I do a pretty good job of that."

Johnny Gaudreau on taking part in the Heritage Classic

"It's really cool. You don't get to be a part of this every day so make the most of it, enjoy it with your teammates. I know the guys were excited yesterday when we got in the locker room so I'm sure both teams are really excited to play in it."

Gaudreau on the playing conditions

"I definitely felt the wind yesterday, last night so I can't imagine what it is like right now. It's definitely going to be a factor in there, in the game, which we aren't surprised it's going to be. We've just got to play through it."

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