Much to the chagrin of the NHL: it’s suddenly sunny in Winnipeg.
The Heritage Classic between the Winnipeg Jets and Edmonton Oilers was scheduled to start at 3:00 p.m. EST; however, the arrival of sunshine caused the NHL to delay the start of the game.
WINNIPEG — Due to intermittent sunlight on the playing surface and in the interest of player safety, the start time for the 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic has been delayed.
The game between the Winnipeg Jets and Edmonton Oilers was scheduled to start at 3 p.m. ET at Investors Group Field. The NHL will provide further updates.
At the time of the press release, the league had the start of the game listed as the always ominous TBD.
About an hour after the initial announcement, Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reported a very specific start time:
Puck drop for the Heritage Classic will be 3:53 p.m. local time.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) October 23, 2016
(For those unaware of Winnipeg’s time zone, the start of the game will be 4:53 p.m. EST.)
As of publication, the NHL has not officially announced the new start time.
The sun is scheduled to set at 6:21 p.m. local time. Weather.com has the local conditions as partially cloudy through sunset.
It’s somewhat funny the one day Winnipeg has great weather is the one day the league needs it to be the frozen tundra it can be.