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2014 Stadium Series Los Angeles: LA Kings, Anaheim Ducks Test Ice During Practice While Teemu Selanne Takes Time To Enjoy It All

Anaheim Ducks superstar winger Teemu Selanne, shown here during his team’s practice session at Dodger Stadium on January 24, 2014.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — On January 24, the eve of the 2014 Stadium Series: Los Angeles, both the Los Angeles Kings and the Anaheim Ducks skated on Dodger Stadium ice for the first time, with the home team getting the first practice time at 4:00 PM.

It was a typical practice for the Kings, in terms of them doing line rushes, and a few drills. But that is where the similarities with any part of their normal routine ended, as they were obviously skating under a darkening sky, with the San Gabriel Mountains off in the distance, and Palm trees close by.

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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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