The Oilers and Flames faced off last night in the latest edition of the NHL Heritage Classic. The game took place at Commonwealth Stadium, home of the CFL’s Edmonton Elks. Here’s a rundown of the major visual developments.
As is often the case for these outdoor games, there was a lot of pregame cosplay. The Flames arrived dressed as cowboys:
The Oilers, meanwhile, dressed up as oil rig workers — and, of course, milked it for the blue collar angle:
zach hyman, mattias ekholm and all the oilers have come dressed up.
“hard work, blue collar, let’s go to work,” says hyman. pic.twitter.com/RcyJdBMltH
— zach (@zjlaing) October 29, 2023
Here’s how the teams looked as they came out onto the ice:
Time to head out for warmies! pic.twitter.com/wrxznV2dbh
— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) October 29, 2023
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) October 29, 2023
With Halloween right around the corner, Flames goalie Jacob Markstrom had a spoooooky mask design:
As I wrote when the uniforms were revealed last month, the Oilers’ unis were based on the 1952 Edmonton Mercurys, while the Flames’ design was inspired by the 1950s and ’60s Calgary Stampeders:
And how did they look on the ice? Pretty awesome, in my opinion. Here’s some good highlight footage:
Nice work all around. The NHL generally does a good job with this type of game. Speaking of which, we’re barely two months away from this season’s edition of the annual Winter Classic, which will have the Kraken facing the Golden Knights at the Seattle Mariners’ ballpark on New Year’s Day. We saw hints of the uniforms via a merch leak back in August, but we’re still waiting on the full designs.