Less is more…
I originally thought the Heritage Classic in Calgary was I good idea, giving the hockey fans of Canada a chance to experience what we, in the United States, have enjoyed over the past 4 years, an outdoor hockey game in a great venue. Boy was I mistaken! Has the National Hockey League ever heard the saying “sometimes less is more?”
Every year the spectacle that is the Winter Classic has brought worldwide publicity and fanfare to the great game of hockey, but by adding the Heritage Classic to the mix I believe cheapens the product.
The venue, a Canadian football team stadium where the Calgary Stampeders call home. It was very poorly lit and shadows were cast all over the playing surface. The camera angles made it very hard to watch plays develop and being 15 degrees at game time you would think that league could have made the ice a non factor.
I was excited to sit and watch a game with teams that you really don’t get to see very often but with all the other factors I turned the game off 15 minutes into the first period and surfed the world wide web, much more exciting.