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Excitement brewing for 2016 Heritage Classic

by Meg Tilley / Edmonton Oilers

A big turnout at the press conference in Winnipeg gave a sample of the the fan excitement that is highly anticipating the upcoming 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic in October.

"The rivalry between the Winnipeg Jets and the Edmonton Oilers represents a significant part of our team's rich hockey history," said Mark Chipman, Chairman of True North Sports + Entertainment, in a press release. "Unveiling the NHL Heritage Classic jersey and announcing the alumni rosters for the 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic today is the first step in what will no doubt be an exciting journey for hockey fans of all ages."

Among the alumni roster announcements, the Oilers will feature Mark Messier, Dave Semenko, Craig MacTavish and Oilers alumni Captain Wayne Gretzky, while the Jets will welcome back the likes of Teemu Selanne, Dale Hawerchuk, Thomas Steen, Kris King and more.

The jerseys unveiled have been specially designed, paying tribute to the history of both teams by revisiting their World Hockey Association (WHA) days.

The two-day festival event will run from October 22-23, with the Heritage Classic alumni game taking place on October 22 and NHL game played on October 23.

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