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Heritage Classic isn't the first Cold War

An outdoor game in 2001 pit Spartans against Wolverines before the largest hockey crowd in the world.

Updated: November 21, 2003, 8:12 PM ET
By Jim Kelley | ESPN.com

EDMONTON, Alberta -- The Heritage Classic may be the first regular-season outdoor game for the National Hockey League, but it isn't the first of its kind.

On Oct. 6, 2001, Michigan State and Michigan faced off in the Cold War and set a world record for attendance at a single hockey game -- 74,544 -- at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Mich.

Considering the normal weather patterns of early fall in the Great Lakes region, the concern wasn't about the cold, or snow, but rather about ...

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