I hope you all had a great holiday with family and friends. Happy New Year!
Over the holiday season, there was a lot of hockey to watch with the 2017 World Junior Hockey Championship and NHL regular season back in action after the break, as well as the outdoor games. On that subject, I am wondering how you feel about the increase in these “Classic” games (Heritage Classic, Winter Classic, Centennial Classic and the Stadium Series). The events seem to be a success in the cities where they are hosted. They bring people outside and the action around the games with the alumni and kids’ games look really fun. I have never been to one, but they seem like the kinds of events where you could bring your family or friends and have a blast.
These NHL “Classic” games got my brother and I talking about the old days in “the Soo” – where we would lace up every night at the outdoor rink near our house. I think these games are appealing to this sense of nostalgia. I have heard a lot of people taking about it in sports bars, restaurants and here at our gallery at Vintage Sports Images.
I enjoyed the Detroit vs. Toronto Centennial Classic game, with two of the original six teams going at it. (The first time these organizations met was in 1927 when the Toronto St. Patricks defeated the Detroit Cougars 2-1. I wish we had an image of the hockey legends from that game!) I loved the classic red and blue colours that always look good on TV.
The Blues vs. Blackhawks game at Busch Stadium was good too. The old classic Blues uniforms from the expansion era are great. Of course, the Hawks unit always looks good because they never changed them. I wish all of the teams had kept their original jersey styles like the original six – especially the expansion six like the Blues and Penguins.
I know these games are marketing ploys by the NHL – but hey, it’s hockey! Here’s to more of it.