Staios keeps record

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:20 AM ET

ST. LOUIS -- Steve Staios had a vested interest in Tuesday's NHL Winter Classic.

The Edmonton Oilers defenceman had a league record at stake.

It was a record that stood up, which is pretty impressive considering the offensively-gifted players participating in the outdoor game in Buffalo.

Staios scored a goal and picked up a pair of assists at the Heritage Classic in Edmonton on Nov. 22, 2003. It's an NHL record for the number of points by a player during a regular-season out-door game.

TAKING A RIBBING

"That's the closest I'm ever going to get to an NHL record," Staios said. "I don't know if it's actually official. It's one of those things that we have a good time with and I get ribbed a lot by the guys. But overall, it was a good memory and I remember having a lot of friends and family around.

"It's one of those events that you remember forever."

Tuesday's game that featured the Buffalo Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins was the second regular-season game to be played outdoors.

Staios was named second star for his efforts as the Oilers fell 4-3 to the Montreal Canadiens. The helmet he wore that night was taken to be placed in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

"I think it's in the Hall of Fame, I know (head equipment manager) Barrie (Stafford), took it from me," Staios said. "I haven't been there to see it. I know I signed it and Barrie took it from me. Whether he auctioned it off or not or whether it's in the Hall of Fame I'm not sure, I'll have to investigate that."

OUTDOOR EXPERIENCE

Staios is one of a handful of players that played in the Heritage Classic. Sheldon Souray was also there, but as a member of the Canadiens.

Defenceman Tom Gilbert also has experience playing an outdoor game in a packed stadium. He was a member of the Wisconsin Badgers who faced Ohio State at Lambeau Field in Green Bay in 2006.


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