Tomorrow the 2nd octennial Heritage Classic will take place in the frigid outdoor refrigerator most commonly referred to as Calgary, Alberta. They’re calling for a temperature of -22°C tomorrow (-8°F), so that threat of rain they had for the earlier-this-year Winter Classic in Pittsburgh probably won’t be a problem… probably.
As is the custom with an outdoor hockey game, both teams will be dressed in retro uniforms and what a perfect matchup to do this. We have Calgary and Montreal, two cities which have met three times prior in the Stanley Cup Final (1924, 1986, 1989) – a great opportunity for both teams to break out the retro jerseys from one of those finals so we can relive those days by seeing it all-over-again.
Wait, what’s that you say? They’re not totally taking advantage of this?? Awww, NHL!
The Montreal Canadiens are breaking out their 1970s-1990s uniform, which is a classic I’ll admit but does look nearly identical to their current set which isn’t that fun for us uniform fans – what would give them a pass on it would be if the Calgary Flames were playing along by wearing their set from the same era and setting up a jersey re-match of the ’86 and ’89 Stanley Cup Final.
What would have been even more awesome would be if the Montreal Canadiens really turned on the retro and went back to 1924, brown pants and all, but sadly this won’t be happening.
The Flames, on the other hand, got into the spirit of things a little more and tried to flash back to the 1924 Calgary/Montreal final (and we here at SportsLogos.Net do appreciate the effort), unfortunately it just doesn’t quite do it for us. Not only is wearing a uniform from this era kinda wasted with the Habs not joining in it’s not even the uniform they wore back then, it’s “inspired” by it… so in a game traditionally showcasing throwback uniforms we get a fauxback! Argh.
What we had was a perfect opportunity to have the 1924 Calgary Tigers vs the 1924 Montreal Canadiens, would’ve looked pretty pulchritudinous (thank you thesaurus)… instead we get the 1980s Montreal Canadiens vs a 1920s fantasy version of a McDonald’s sponsored Calgary Flames team 🙁
Eh, we’ll still watch the game and everyone will still have a lot of fun with the retro looks and low temperatures… I’ll just have to wait until the 2023-24 season when a 100th anniversary of that final will surely produce this uniform matchup. Maybe.