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By Christine Rivet, Record staff

Warriors take to the great outdoors

WATERLOO — The University of Waterloo hockey Warriors will pack their skates, sticks and toques for an open-air contest at Hamilton’s Ivor Wynne Stadium later this month.

The Warriors have been asked to take a spin during the festivities at the American Hockey League’s Outdoor Classic.

The main events will pit the Montreal Canadiens alumni against their Toronto Maple Leafs counterparts on Jan. 20 and the AHL’s Toronto Marlies at the Hamilton Bulldogs on Jan. 21.

The Warriors will face off against their Ontario University Athletics rivals, the Brock Badgers, on Jan. 22 at the same outdoor rink to be constructed at the home of the CFL’s Hamilton Ticats.

For the privilege, the Warriors will have to surrender a home date, as the outdoor game will replace their league contest originally scheduled for Jan. 21 at UW’s Columbia Icefield.

“We like playing at home. There’s no doubt about it,” said coach Brian Bourque whose third-place Warriors own an on-campus record of 6-1-1 this season.

“But it was too good of an opportunity to turn down.”

The Warriors are no strangers to The Great Outdoors. UW’s veterans can recall playing outside in 2009 during a European exhibition tour.

With the Swiss Alps hovering in the background, UW cruised to a 6-5 victory over the hosts from a third-division squad, Saas Grund.

Advance tickets for the game will be available during the Warriors’ 7:30 p.m. home contest Saturday against Wilfrid Laurier at Columbia Ice Field. Prices for the Classic are $10 for adults and $5 students and children.