The forerunner of the NHL's popular outdoor Winter Classic on New Year's Day was held on Nov. 22, 2003 at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton. It was a doubleheader."We originally planned to have the old timers game and the main game on separate days," former Oilers GM Kevin Lowe says. "But we were really fearful that the actual game wouldn't sell as well as the old timers game. [We thought] people would go to the old timers game because you've got Gretzky, Messier, Lafleur -- it doesn't get any better than that. So the likelihood was that we'd sell out for the old timers game and maybe get half a stadium for the actual game."