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Oilers, Canadiens meet on grand stage

The Heritage Classic turns back the hands of time -- but keeps a few modern NHL amenities.

Updated: November 22, 2003, 5:34 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

In a season awash in tragedy, bad news and the promise of worse news ahead, the Heritage Classic stands as a lonely beacon on an otherwise grim hockey landscape.

In a matter of days, 56,169 hardy (and we assume well-insulated) souls will make NHL history by attending the first-ever outdoor game in National Hockey League history when the Edmonton Oilers face the Montreal Canadiens.

The event, which will be preceded by an alumni game between former Edmonton greats and their counterparts ...

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