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NHL Stadium Series: Upcoming Game At Dodger Stadium Is Already Bringing Back Fond Memories For Players

NHL STADIUM SERIES MEDIA DAY COVERAGE: Part 2 of Frozen Royalty’s comprehensive coverage of the NHL Stadium Series Media Day at Dodger Stadiun focuses on how the upcoming outdoor game at Dodger Stadium is a throwback to hockey’s roots, but is a very unfamiliar concept here in Southern California.


From left: LA Kings defenseman Drew Doughty, right wing Jeff Carter, Anaheim Ducks left wing Dustin Penner, and right wing Emerson Etem, shown here at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on September 26, 2013.
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LOS ANGELES — With the National Hockey League’s Stadium Series coming to Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on January 25, 2014, where the Los Angeles Kings will host the Anaheim Ducks in one of six outdoor games scheduled this season, something that stands out in all this is the fact that outdoor ice hockey is a completely foreign concept here in Southern California.

Indeed, the fact is that the only outdoor hockey we know here is played on roller skates, or in a pair of tennis shoes in a park, schoolyard, or a neighborhood street.

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NHL’s Gary Bettman On Outdoor Game At Dodger Stadium: “When You Look At Hockey In Southern California, It Works”

NHL STADIUM SERIES MEDIA DAY COVERAGE: Frozen Royalty’s comprehensive coverage of the NHL Stadium Series Media Day at Dodger Stadium begins with remarks from NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, Stan Kasten from the Los Angeles Dodgers, Luc Robitaille from the Los Angeles Kings, and Bruce Boudreau from the Anaheim Ducks. Next up: comments from Kings and Ducks players on the outdoor game in January 2014.


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LOS ANGELES — Nearly three years ago, not long after the National Hockey League’s Winter Classic was held at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman was in Los Angeles, and he took some time to meet with the media.

At that time, yours truly asked Bettman why the NHL had not considered Los Angeles as a venue for an outdoor game, noting that the Kings had already set a precedent for successfully playing such a game in a warm climate when they faced the New York Rangers in a pre-season game at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas back in September 1991.

Bettman was taken aback by my question.

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Frozen Royalty Video: Quick, Kopitar, Williams Lead LA Kings To 2-1 Pre-Season Win Over Anaheim

LOS ANGELES — Despite spending much of the first period killing penalties, the Los Angeles Kings took control of their pre-season contest with the Anaheim Ducks in the final two periods to defeat the Ducks, 2-1, in front of a crowd of 15,179 at Staples Center in Los Angeles on September 24.

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Anaheim Ducks vs. Los Angeles Kings Rookie Tournament Game 2 – In Photos

LA Kings goaltender Patrik Bartosak shined in his two periods of play, leading the Kings rookies to a 3-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks rookies on September 9, 2013, at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Los Angeles Kings rookies completed a sweep of their two-game tournament against the rookies of the Anaheim Ducks on September 9, with a 3-2 victory at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.

You can read a quick recap, watch video interviews with Kings prospects Brandon Kozun and Patrik Bartosak, and you can listen to an interview with Manchester Monarchs head coach Mark Morris, who was behind the Kings’ bench for both rookie games by clicking on: Frozen Royalty Audio/Video: LA Kings Sweep Rookie Tournament With Anaheim Ducks.

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