EDMONTON, AB - The Battle of Alberta is headed outdoors next October as the National Hockey League announced Saturday the 2023 Tim Hortons Heritage Classic will feature the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames on October 29, 2023 at Commonwealth Stadium. The regular season game will be broadcast exclusively on Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada.
The Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic will be returning to Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium, celebrating the 20-year anniversary of hosting the first-ever NHL regular season outdoor game, the 2003 NHL Heritage Classic, a 4-3 win for the Montreal Canadiens over the Oilers in front of 57,167 fans on Nov. 22, 2003. Including that game, there have been 35 regular season outdoor games played to date, attended by 1,755,438 fans.
The Oilers-Flames outdoor matchup will mark the seventh NHL Heritage Classic, which includes the inaugural game in Edmonton (2003), as well as games in Calgary (2011), Vancouver (2014), Winnipeg (2016), Regina (2019) and Hamilton (2022). It will be the 38th regular season outdoor contest, with the 2023 Discover NHL Winter Classic and 2023 Navy Federal Credit Union Stadium Series scheduled to be played on Jan. 2 and Feb. 18, respectively.
The 2023 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic will showcase several of the top players in the NHL, highlighted by this season's scoring leaders Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl of the Oilers, as well as high-scoring forwards Jonathan Huberdeau and Nazem Kadri of the Flames.