Prior to the inception of the NHL Winter Classic, hockey fans had the Heritage Classic, an outdoor game played between two Canadian teams. The first Heritage Classic was played between the Edmonton Oilers and the Montreal Canadiens in 2003, and the second featured a match between the Calgary Flames and the Canadiens in 2011.
While the second Heritage Classic was indeed held last year, the NHL's Winter Classic has seemingly replaced the Heritage Classic as the league’s showcase outdoor game. But since the Classic's inception in 2008, the event has seemingly avoided Canadian teams like the plague.
So what should the solution be for the NHL’s core base of fans (the Canadians)? Should the league make Heritage Classic a yearly event in addition to the Winter Classic? Or should Canadian teams play alongside the American teams in the same annual showcase?
Here are five Canadian teams that we would like to see if the latter becomes the case...