NHL's Winter Classic Becomes A Great Holiday Tradition
Despite the cold weather at the 2003 Heritage Classic, the event was a huge success and an instant hit with hockey fans. With over 55,000 people in the stands at Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium braving the bone-chilling cold, the Oilers and Canadiens Alumni entertained the crowd before the NHL game got underway. Looking to stake a claim to the huge television audience in the United States during the holiday season, the league expanded on the idea and created their annual Winter Classic, which has been held every year since 2008.
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