The National Hockey League today announced the host cities and details for all four of their jewel events during the 2019-20 season during the second intermission of the 2019 Winter Classic.
2019 Heritage Classic
First up is the return of the Heritage Classic, the outdoor game just for Western Canada will be held on October 26, 2019, at Mosiac Stadium in Regina with the Winnipeg Jets taking on the Calgary Flames. It’ll be the seventh outdoor NHL game held in Canada, but the first to be played in a non-NHL city. The last Heritage Classic was held in Winnipeg in October 2016.
BREAKING: The @NHL has announced the 2019 @TimHortons NHL #HeritageClassic, where the #NHLJets will host the @NHLFlames at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, Saskatchewan on October 26, 2019! pic.twitter.com/5mQ4pOB8y6
— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) January 1, 2019
2020 Winter Classic
Next, we’ll have the Winter Classic on January 1, 2020, which is moving south for the first time ever. The Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas, will play host one year from today, the Dallas Stars will naturally be in the game but no word on who their opponent will be at this time… and yes people have already made the Houston joke (Minnesota would be fun though, wouldn’t it?)
2020 NHL All-Star Game
A few weeks after the Winter Classic, the 2020 NHL All-Star Game will be played at the Enterprise Center in St Louis over the weekend of January 24-26, 2020. It’s the third time St. Louis has hosted the All-Star Game and the first in thirty-two years, the last back in 1988.
“This is a great day for not only Blues fans, but for the city of St. Louis,” said Blues Chairman Tom Stillman in the press release. “Our city, our great fans and our corporate partners have shown tremendous loyalty to the Blues since the team’s inception in 1967, and landing a major event such as the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game is a testament to their relentless passion and support.”
The 2020 Honda #NHLAllStar Game is coming to St. Louis!!!
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) January 1, 2019
2020 NHL Stadium Series
Finally, the 2020 Stadium Series game will be hosted by the Colorado Avalanche and played at the Air Force Academy’s Falcon Stadium at Colorado Springs on February 15, 2020. Seems like they’re going for something similar to last year’s Stadium Series event at the Army-Navy Stadium in Annapolis. The opponents for the Avalanche, as well as the date, have yet to be announced.
“It is a privilege to have the opportunity to host an outdoor game at the historic Air Force Academy,” Colorado Avalanche General Manager Joe Sakic said in the press release. “We are grateful for the chance to honour our military and our local U.S. service academy with a special event. Having this game in Colorado Springs also highlights the growth of hockey throughout the Rocky Mountain region since the Avalanche arrived in 1995. We appreciate being selected by the NHL for this occasion and can’t wait to share the experience with our fans.”
None of the images you see above are the official logos for the games, just placeholder graphics made by the league for the purposes of making the announcement. We’ll see the logos for these games trickle out over the next few months.