Habs to Visit Flames for (2nd) 2011 Winter Classic

According to Bob McKenzie and TSN, there will be 2 (count 'em, TWO!) NHL Winter Classics in 2011.

TCL reported nearly two months ago that Pittsburgh would be hosting the traditional Winter Classic on January 1st, 2011 against their rivals, the Washington Capitals, but it seems like the NHL is going to reward hockey fans with a SECOND outdoor game.

The second one will be played in Calgary at McMahon Stadium, home of the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL, and will take place sometime in February. The Flames will be hosting the Montreal Canadiens, who will become the only Canadian team to play in two outdoor games, having played the host team in 2003 in Edmonton, a game which the Canadiens won by a score of 4-3.

The report comes after years of Canadiens fans and media members alike pleading for an outdoor game to be played in Montreal. But with the Canadiens' Centennial celebrations all in the past, it looks like Habs fans will get the next best thing, an outdoor game in Alberta.

Naturally nothing has been announced for the game thus far, but expect many gimmicks and features to be announced, including throwback jerseys, events, ceremonies, and much more. TCL will be with the announcements every step of the way.

I'll be back in the coming days with my Habs post-mortem and the beginning of my extensive Canadiens off-season coverage.