WINNIPEG - The 2019-20 regular season schedule won't be released for a while yet, but the Winnipeg Jets already know that October 26, 2019 will be a game day.
They also know that game will be played outdoors.
For the second time, the Jets will participate in the NHL's Heritage Classic. After hosting the Edmonton Oilers in 2016, the Jets will face off with the Calgary Flames at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, Saskatchewan in 2019.
"I especially like that it's in Canada and it's in a market that doesn't get NHL to be played there," said Jets head coach Paul Maurice. "They will be an enthusiastic crowd so we'll all be looking forward to it."
Even though the game is still nine months away, Maurice is happy to see his team involved in another league event. Along with the 2016 Heritage Classic, the Jets were part of the NHL Global Series in November of this season - where they split two games with the Florida Panthers in Helsinki, Finland.
He says the atmosphere around those types of events is something he always remembers.
"The excitement in that Canadian town will be huge. Everybody is going to remember that weekend," said Maurice. "It's nice to be a part of it for the players. It is a bit of a showcase for them and they get to enjoy a game a little differently."
Josh Morrissey played in the 2016 Heritage Classic as part of his first full season in the NHL. The memories of that weekend in the city and at Investors Group Field still stand out for the 23-year-old.
"It's just a special day," said Morrissey, recalling the team had a chance for a family skate in 2016. Whether that happens again or not, the Jets defenceman is already looking forward to the chance to play outdoors again.
"It's something that as players you're excited for. You just enjoy it more than worrying about the logistics side."
Those logistics are still being sorted out, but Tuesday's announcement also gave Maurice a chance to reflect on the 2016 event.
He still fondly remembers the alumni game, as he watched superstars from when he was "just a kid."
Then, there was the crowd.
"It was a good glimpse of the connection between the Winnipeg Jet fans and their hockey team," said Maurice. "They love the sport. They appreciate the players that played here 20 years ago or 30 years ago, and the ones that play here now."
Information regarding tickets and other event details will be announced at a later date.