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Winnipeg to host NHL's Heritage Classic in 2016

12/10/2013 08:43 EST | Updated 02/09/2014 05:59 EST
The NHL's outdoor Heritage Classic will be played in Winnipeg in 2016.

A spokesman for True North Sports and Entertainment, which owns the Winnipeg Jets franchise, confirmed Tuesday that Investors Group Field will play host to the game.

 No firm date has been set yet, nor has an opponent for the Jets been named.

Back in March, True North said some preliminary discussions had taken place with the league.

"Both parties are very interested in making this event happen for Winnipeg and so we hope to have something finalized in the near future as both parties continue to have those discussions," True North's Scott Brown told CBC News at the time.

The 2014 Heritage Classic will be played March 2 in Vancouver between the Ottawa Senators vs. Vancouver Canucks.

There's been two other Heritage Classic games:

- 2003 in Edmonton between the Oilers and Montreal Canadiens.

- 2011 in Calgary between the Flames and Canadiens.

A similar outdoor event, called the Winter Classic, is held on or near New Year's Day in the United States between NHL teams.

The first was hosted in 2008 by the Buffalo Sabres who faced the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Winter Classic has been held annually ever since and has only featured American-based NHL teams, though that will change in 2014.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are scheduled to visit Detroit to take on the Red Wings at Michigan Stadium.

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