By Jason McMaster, Head Equipment Manager, Winnipeg Jets
The 2019 Heritage Classic in Regina was a great experience for our whole organization. Saskatchewan is a very passionate hockey province, and embraced the opportunity to have an NHL outdoor game there. The city of Regina was a great host.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders were generous enough to allow the Jets to use their home dressing room. The Riders dressing room is outstanding. They did a great job on their dressing room complex design when Mosaic stadium was built.
With the Riders dressing room facility being so large, with great stalls, we were able to dress the room up really nice with Jets signage. I would like to personally thank Rob Baker from Pakmark who did an amazing job with all the decals and signage.
The atmosphere at the game could not have been any better. From the fighter jets fly over after the national anthem, to the consistent snow fall throughout the game, and the chilly -12C temperature all making the game feel like a true Canadian outdoor experience.
This event would not have been possible without the help of the Saskatchewan Roughrider training staff, Winnipeg Jets Game night attendants, the Calgary Flames, and the NHL staff. Thank you all!
Photos courtesy of Jason McMaster & the Winnipeg Jets.