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Leafs, Sabers compete outdoors for NHL’s 6th Heritage Classic

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Leafs, Sabers compete outdoors for NHL's 6th Heritage Classic

The cross-border rivalry between the Buffalo Sabers and the Toronto Maple Leafs goes out into the open.

The Sabers will be listed as the home team against the Maple Leafs in the NHL Heritage Classic, which will be held on Jan.

Buffalo is the first US-based team to compete in the sixth Heritage Classic, part of the NHL’s outdoor game series and traditionally played in Canada with encounters between Canadian teams. The NHL selected Hamilton, Ontario as its host. It is located at the halfway point of the 100-mile drive which separates the Atlantic Division rivals.

Two outdoor games had been scheduled by the NHL for the upcoming season. St. Louis will host the Winter Classics at Minnesota’s New Years Day. Tampa Bay will host in Nashville on February 26th.

The Sabers hosted the league’s first Winter Classic in 2008. They will be playing their third regular season outdoor match. The Maple Leafs have played in three outdoor regular season games.

The multi-purpose Tiger Cats Stadium was opened in 2014. CFL games are limited to 24,000 capacity, but it is possible to increase that number to 40,000.

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