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Nice 3D touch in Classic NHL tilt

STEVE MACFARLANE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:45 AM ET

The Heritage Classic is getting a futuristic look.

If you can't come down to McMahon Stadium, CBC's Hockey Night in Canada is offering the next best thing: You can watch it in 3D.

The network is offering a pair of digital broadcasts in 3D this season, the first coming Dec. 11 when the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs go to head-to-head, and the second on Feb. 20 in the first outdoor NHL game held on Canadian soil since the original Heritage Classic at Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium in 2003.

The Flames host the Canadiens at McMahon in what should be an interesting affair, given Calgary's unpredictable climate.

You could see snowflakes and ice shavings in a whole new light, or enjoy the sharp rays of sunshine in an entirely different way if you own a compatible high-definition 3D TV and, of course, the goggles that go with it.

"We are very pleased to partner with Panasonic on this unique and ground-breaking initiative," Scott Moore, executive director of CBC Sports and general manager of media sales and marketing, said Wednesday in a release.

"Together, we will be bringing an experience to Canadian hockey fans that has never been done before.

"This is a Canadian first and a very exciting time for television and hockey in Canada."

A game between the New York Islanders and New York Rangers last season was the first and only NHL contest to be broadcast in 3D so far, but the technology is only being dabbled in by the league while other sports test the market.

Anyone hoping to check out the Flames in eye-popping action are looking at about $1,800-$4,000 for a 3D-capable TV.

Not to mention another $150-$250 for each set of the high-tech glasses.


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