As fans celebrated the alumni rosters that were announced for both the Oilers and Winnipeg Jets at the 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic press conference, Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot said that he's just as excited for the chance to play in the NHL scheduled game that will follow.
"It's special, I mean it's a lot of fun. Obviously, you can tell how exciting this kind of event is, not only for the fans but for the players too," he said.
Prior to the trade that saw the Oilers acquire Talbot, then the New York Rangers backup goaltender, before the 2015-16 season, the 6-foot-3 netminder participated in the NHL Stadium Series with the Rangers
"I was lucky to be a part of two of them in New York but never got a chance to play in one so I'm really looking forward to that," he said.
The Heritage Classic will mark the Jets' first appearance in an outdoor game and the Oilers' first appearance since hosting the first-ever NHL regular-season game played outdoors at Commonwealth Stadium in 2003 when they hosted the Montreal Canadiens.
The rosters for the outdoor alumni game taking place on Saturday, October 22, were also revealed today.
"That will be fun getting to watch too," said Talbot. "I think a lot of people are going to be more interested in that game than our game, but it's a lot of big names and it's going to be fun to watch."