A Saskatchewan product is excited to see the NHL make its way to the province next season.
The league announced on New Year’s Day that the Queen City will host the Heritage Classic between the Winnipeg Jets and Calgary Flames in October 2019.
While he’s not a player, Jets General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff will be have a vital role when NHL hockey comes to Mosaic Stadium.
“It’s a special event any time you get asked to be part of something that the NHL is putting on,” Cheveldayoff told The Green Zone Wednesday, noting the success of the Winter Classic on New Year’s Day.
Cheveldayoff grew up in Blaine Lake – a town located 85 kilometres north of Saskatoon. He said he was lucky enough to have an indoor rink that he was able to use on a regular basis.
“I think that’s small town Saskatchewan story that is out there for many, many players and I wouldn’t be in this situation and the opportunity that I’ve had in the game of hockey if it wasn’t for that small town upbringing,” Cheveldayoff said.
“I think that’s what the NHL is hoping to represent when they have this game in October.”
He said Saskatchewan has provided the NHL with tons of talent.
“It’s great to bring a game like that back to its roots.”
He said players are always excited to take part in an event like the Heritage Classic, but for now, the Jets team is focused on the remainder of the current season.
The NHL has yet to release details on when tickets will go on sale.