NHL announces Ducks-Kings to play at Dodger Stadium next season

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Dodger Stadium will be host to an NHL regular-season game. (USATSI)

According to Weatherspark.com , the average temperature in LA at 7 PM on Jan. 25 is in the upper 50s, certainly warmer than we’re used to seeing for hockey weather. However the concern isn’t so much the temperature as much as it would be rain. Thankfully, LA isn’t known for its precipitation, so that shouldn’t be too big of an issue — you’d assume. Remember, the Kings played an outdoor game in Las Vegas in September, 1991. If they were able to pull it off then, January in Dodger Stadium should be feasible. In the release, the NHL trumpets the fact that this will be the first outdoor game on American soil west of the Mississippi River in the regular season. Who had those odds a few years ago over places like Minnesota and Denver? “The Ducks and the Kings will write the next chapter in the exciting story of NHL hockey in Southern California,” commissioner Gary Bettman said. “At a venue that represents so much glorious sports history, this matchup of Stanley Cup champions will raise our outdoor initiatives to bold new heights. source: http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/blog/eye-on-hockey/22206833/nhl-announces-ducks-kings-to-play-at-dodger-stadium-next-season

National Hockey League Bringing Outdoor Hockey To Southern California

“With their meeting in the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, the Ducks and the Kings will write the next chapter in the exciting story of NHL hockey in Southern California,” Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “At a venue that represents so much glorious sports history, this match-up of Stanley Cup champions will raise our outdoor initiatives to bold new heights. We know the game will be a treat for our fans, and we thank the Ducks, the Kings, Coors Light, Dodger Stadium and the Los Angeles Dodgers for bringing it to life.” Venerable Dodger Stadium will provide the unique setting for the event. Opened on April 10, 1962, it is the third-oldest continually used ballpark in Major League Baseball. Dodger Stadium has hosted more than 147 million fans since it opened. The host for eight World Series and close to 4,000 regular-season games, this will be the first time Dodger Stadium will be the home of a hockey game. With its view of Chavez Ravine overlooking downtown Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Mountains, Dodger Stadium has been called one of the treasured cathedrals of baseball with one of the most picturesque settings in sports. “Dodger Stadium has been home to many unique and special moments over the past 51 years,” said Los Angeles Dodgers President Stan Kasten. “We’ll add another first in 2014 when the Dodger Stadium infield turns to ice as we host our first National Hockey League game between the Los Angeles Kings and the Anaheim Ducks.”    Further details on this special NHL event, including national broadcast information and specifics on ticket opportunities for the season-ticket holders of each team, will be released shortly. Fans interested in receiving more information on ticketing, news and special offers around the event should register at www.NHL.com/2014LosAngeles . Since the advent of a second team in Southern California 20 years ago, the Freeway Face-Off between the Ducks and Kings has been among the most spirited NHL rivalries. source: http://kings.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=669481

Golden era: Hockey flourishing in California

At the 2010 NHL Draft at Staples Center in Los Angeles, right wing Beau Bennett (Gardena, Calif.), selected No. 20 by the Pittsburgh Penguins , became the highest drafted California-born and -trained player in draft history. Additionally, right wing Emerson Etem of Long Beach was selected No. 29 at the 2010 NHL Draft, marking the first time that two Californians were picked in the first round. On the second day of that draft, California natives Jason Zucker and Taylor Aronson were chosen by NHL teams. “For our group, it felt like we were Canadian kids playing in California,” Etem told NHL.com after the 2010 draft. “We were all so determined, so passionate … once we stepped onto the California rink, we might as well have been in Canada. It just felt like hockey was everything and was the most important thing. We might have been from California, but we work twice as hard as the Canadians because we didn’t know any better.” Zucker, who was born in Newport Beach but moved to Las Vegas when he was only two months old, was taken in the second round (No. 59) by the Minnesota Wild . He scored the overtime game-winner against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals on Sunday to pull the Wild within 2-1 in that best-of-7 series. Aronson was drafted in the third round (No. source: http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=669440

Defenseman Alec Martinez does all he can to set the mood for Kings

Louis Blues and needing a win Monday at Staples Center to tie the series, it somehow made perfect sense that defenseman Alec Martinez wore a huge sombrero onto the ice for practice Sunday along with one white sock, one red sock and a green jersey. As much sense, maybe, as a low-scoring team deploying seven defensemen Saturday. But that worked out pretty well: Martinez, playing for the first time since April 2, used his mobility to jump into the craziness around the net and earn an assist on the Slava Voynov goal that lifted the Kings to a 1-0 victory. Give credit for the lineup change to Coach Darryl Sutter , who wanted to give his defense corps more energy without taking out brawny Keaton Ellerby . He scratched Jordan Nolan and had his top three right wings take extra shifts on the rarely used fourth line. And credit Sutter again for the sombrero. Helene Elliott Why Southern California should care about hockey ” Cinco de Mayo . Gotta honor him,” said Sutter, who bought it at a liquor store Sunday. Martinez, a Michigan native, got his surname from a grandfather whose family immigrated to the United States from Spain. He speaks only high-school Spanish, but he was happy to wear the sombrero to lighten the mood for teammates and fans at Sunday’s optional practice in El Segundo. “It’s all in good fun,” said Martinez, who played 12 minutes 45 seconds Saturday. source: http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-0506-kings-blues-20130506,0,5598004.column


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