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2014 Stadium Series Los Angeles: LA Kings, Anaheim Ducks Test Ice During Practice – In Photos

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LA Kings right wing Jordan Nolan (left) and goaltender
Jonathan Quick (right) during practice on January 24, 2014,
at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES —The Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks got to test Dodger Stadium ice on the eve of the 2014 Stadium Series: Los Angeles, as both teams skated in full practices with photographer David Sheehan there to capture it all.

For comments from Kings forwards Anze Kopitar and Trevor Lewis, along with defenseman Robyn Regher, and remarks from Ducks forwards Dustin Penner, Corey Perry, and Teemu Selanne, check out: 2014 Stadium Series Los Angeles: LA Kings, Anaheim Ducks Test Ice During Practice While Teemu Selanne Takes Time To Enjoy It All

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2014 Stadium Series Los Angeles – For The Last Time: Dodger Stadium Ice Will Be Just Fine

Handshake line following the “media” game on January 22, 2014, the first test of the ice at
Dodger Stadium, prior to the Stadium Series game on January 25.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — If you listen to a lot of hockey fans in Canada, back east, and in other cold climates, they not only wonder how an ice hockey game could possibly be played outdoors in sunny Southern California, but many claim that by game time, the rink will be a swimming pool, not an ice rink.

But thanks to the National Hockey League ice guru, Dan Craig, and his staff, the ice will be just fine by the time the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings face-off on Saturday for their Stadium Series game at Dodger Stadium.

Nevertheless, skeptics and doubters abound. But all one has to do is look back in history to September 27, 1991, when the Kings hosted the New York Rangers in a game played on an outdoor parking lot at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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2014 Stadium Series at Dodger Stadium: Media Free Skate and Game – In Photos

The ice at Dodger Stadium was first tested on January 22 with a free
skate, and a game played on it shortly thereafter.
Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — The media, followed not long after by alumni and staff of the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings, along with some of their broadcast staff and a handful of celebrities in what was inaccurately called an “alumni” game, were the first to skate on the ice at Dodger Stadium, prior to Saturday’s Stadium Series game between the Ducks and the Kings (6:30 PM PST; televised nationally on the NBC Sports Network).

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From Youth Hockey To The LA Kings, Culver City Ice Arena’s Hans Matzel Has Seen It All

CULVER CITY ICE ARENA CLOSING: Without some kind of miracle reprieve, the Culver City Ice Arena will close for good on Feburary 2, 2014. One man, who has been a fixture there for 37 years, has not only been a big part of that rink, but he also played a significant role for the Los Angeles Kings. Part 3 in a four-part series.


Hans Matzel, owner of the AMCAN Pro Shop at Culver City Ice Arena, has been a fixture there for 37 years, and was an important, behind-the-scenes figure for the Los Angeles Kings during the years they practiced in Culver City.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES AND CULVER CITY, CA — As has previously been reported in this space, and across various Los Angeles media outlets, the Culver City Ice Arena is on its last legs, unless a miracle happens.

The property has been leased to Planet Granite, which plans to open a yoga, rock climbing and fitness facility at the site.

The rink will close on February 2, and unless the new lessee backs out of their agreement, it appears that there will no longer be an ice rink serving the hockey and figure skating communities on the Westside of the Los Angeles area.

What is not all that well known these days is that the Culver City Ice Arena plays a significant role in the history of the Los Angeles Kings, as it was their practice facility for nearly thirty years, until they moved to Iceoplex in the San Fernando Valley in 1994.

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