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McDonald, Steen assist in puck drop at 2019 Heritage Classic

Flames, Jets legends kick off outdoor game in Saskatchewan

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / Staff Writer

2019 Heritage Classic puck drop

CGY@WPG: Steen, McDonald drop ceremonial puck

Jets and Flames legends Lanny McDonald and Thomas Steen drop the puck prior to the start of the 2019 Heritage Classic

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Who better to start off the 2019 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic than a pair of old school legends.

Lanny McDonald and Thomas Steen assisted in the ceremonial puck drop before the game between the Calgary Flames and Winnipeg Jets in Regina, Saskatchewan.

McDonald scored 215 of his 500 career goals with the Flames, and Steen will be inducted into the team's Hall of Fame later this season.

They joined Fred Sasakamoose, one of the first indigenous NHL players, and Brigette Lacquette, a silver medalist for Canada hockey at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics who is of Metis descent, for the puck drop at Mosaic Stadium.

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Blake Wheeler and Mark Giordano took the draw as snow flurries fluttered in from above, setting a glorious scene for the first outdoor game in Saskatchewan.

Country music artist Jess Moskaluke performed before the game with the house band Toque, and the Hunter Brothers performed the Canadian national anthem.

The Saskatoon-based rock group The Sheepdogs performed during the first intermission before Moskaluke returned for a second-intermission set.

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