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Hockey Night in Canada140 Words: 10th anniversary of NHL's 1st outdoor game

Posted: Thursday, November 21, 2013 | 06:18 PM

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Right wing Fernando Pisani of the Edmonton Oilers, left, during the game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Heritage Classic on November 22, 2003 in Edmonton. (Dave Sandford/Getty Images) Right wing Fernando Pisani of the Edmonton Oilers, left, during the game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Heritage Classic on November 22, 2003 in Edmonton. (Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

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November 22 will mark the 10th anniversary of the NHL's first outdoor game. The Edmonton Oilers were the first to create an event of this size, and were they on to something great.

Hockey Night in Canada's Glenn Healy doesn't do Twitter, but periodically he gives his take on a hot hockey topic in 140 words (not characters) or less.

November 22 will mark the 10th anniversary of the NHL's first outdoor game. The Edmonton Oilers were the first to create an event of this size, and were they on to something great. 

I remember how cold it was that day. Chris Cuthbert, my broadcast partner, had to have all the windows open in the booth, and although I wasn't at the North Pole I could see it from the booth. 

The game was almost called off because of the cold. Ice guru Dan Craig got more ice time than any player on either team.

The fans weren't scared away and in fact had to be asked to leave at night's end. It was a glimpse of things to come. This year we will have six outdoor games. Could the vision moving forward  be an outdoor game in Europe? Stay tuned.

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