WINNIPEG — A couple Winnipeg Jets players headed down to Investors Group Field on Thursday to supervise as crews put the finishing touches on the outdoor rink for this weekend’s NHL Heritage Classic.
Jets forward and overnight hat-trick superstar Patrik Laine joined defenceman Tyler Myers to chat with media about Sunday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers.
“I’m in awe looking at everything. It’s pretty cool,” said Myers, whose family is arriving Friday for weekend festivities.
The Texas native said he hasn’t played on an outdoor rink in about 10 years, when he last skated on a manmade Calgary lake.
“I think this will be a bit more serious,” he joked.
Former Jets captain Kris King was also at the stadium to get a tour of how preparations are going.
“When you get together and see the guys you haven’t seen in 10-12 years, it’s kind of like you were away for the summer. Once you get back in the locker room it’s the same old stuff.”
King, now the senior vice-president of hockey operations for the NHL, will suit up with the 23-man alumni team.
Puck drop on Sunday is at 2 p.m. The Jets and Oilers alumni face off on Saturday at 3 p.m.