CALGARY - Mike Cvik isn’t sure exactly what to expect when he hits the ice for today’s Heritage Classic, but he’s going to pack plenty of underwear just in case.
Not because he’s worried about having any accidents, but because he was strongly advised to.
“One of the things the guys from the Winter Classic told us is, after every period, change your underwear,” said the 48-year-old Calgary linesman who will staff today’s game. “You’re going to get wet sitting in a warm room then, as the day goes on, it gets colder. It’s not like working inside, so have dry stuff on for the start of every period.”
Born and raised in Calgary, Cvik was rewarded for 24 years of service with an assignment to a game he quietly hoped would appear on his docket.
“Oh ya, it’s a huge thrill,” said Cvik.
“I did my 1,500th-game here earlier this season, and this will be special, too, especially for my family. (Referee) Stephen Walkom lives in Pittsburgh, and he got to the do the Winter Classic there. It was ‘cross-you-fingers-and-hope they’ll do the same for me at the Heritage Classic.’ ”
Cvik will have 12 family members in attendance, many of whom took part in the family skate last night at McMahon.
“For them it’s the enjoyment of the experience,” said Cvik.
“At the end of the day it’s a regular season game and two points on the line so for us it’s work.”
Does he plan on wearing eye black like most of the players wore yesterday to reduce glare?
“I haven’t heard that one yet but we have to finalize some things,” he laughed.
“The league sent us cold weather stuff. Who knows, we may go out there looking like football players.”