Will The NHL’s Winter Classic Ever Come To Southern California?

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LOS ANGELES — Heinz Field in Pittsburgh has long since been converted back into a football stadium after the National Hockey League’s 2011 Winter Classic, played on January 1. But, since then, there has been a lot of talk about other NHL cities that want to host the annual outdoor game.

To be sure, a lot of NHL cities, especially in colder regions of the United States, are already lined up, waiting for their chance to host the annual spectacle, and, if you listen to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, only cities with cold weather will host the Winter Classic.

“I think, for the foreseeable future, it’s more likely than not we’ll continue to do it in climates that we hope will be more hospitable, and we saw what happened in Pittsburgh this year,” said Bettman, noting that the NHL had to deal with unseasonably warm temperatures and rain, forcing them to turn a day game into an evening contest, starting at 5:00 PM Eastern time.

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Frozen Royalty Audio And NHL Video: LA Kings Continue Downward Spiral Against Toronto

POST-GAME: Includes audio of National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman’s press conference during the first intermission.


LOS ANGELES — If you have ever read the directions on a shampoo bottle you might see the phrase, “wash, rinse, repeat.”

That phrase comes to mind after watching the Los Angeles Kings get off to a solid start against the lowly Toronto Maple Leafs on December 10 at Staples Center, only to come out flat in the second and third periods, dropping a 3-2 decision. Read more of this post

Frozen Royalty Audio: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman’s Game 4 Press Conference

LOS ANGELES — National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman was in town on April 21 to check out Staples Center and LA Live across the street in advance of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, which will be held at Staples Center and LA Live in June. Read more of this post

It’s Official: 2010 NHL Entry Draft To Be Held In Los Angeles

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LOS ANGELES — On December 4, the National Hockey League and the Los Angeles Kings announced that the 2010 NHL Entry Draft will be held at Staples Center on June 25-26, 2010.

This will be the first time that the NHL Entry Draft is to be held in Los Angeles.

“This is a very exciting and this is a very special announcement,” said Kings President of Business Operations, Luc Robitaille. “The Draft is the place so many young players in our sport begin their professional careers and next summer the future of the NHL will be on display in Los Angeles. It is also another example that Los Angeles is a thriving hockey market with knowledgeable fans.” Read more of this post

Let The Phoenix Coyotes Move Already

LOS ANGELES — The last thing commissioner Gary Bettman and the National Hockey League wants during the Stanley Cup Playoffs is embarrassing controversy off the ice and that is exactly what they have with the Phoenix Coyotes filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in recent days.

To be sure, there is a great deal of controversy brewing over whether or not Coyotes majority owner Jerry Moyes had the authority to file for bankruptcy and move to sell the Coyotes to Jim Balsillie, Co-Chief Executive Officer of Research In Motion, Inc., the makers of the wildly popular Blackberry.

Balsillie, who also attempted to buy the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Nashville Predators (both attempts failed), would like to move the Coyotes to Hamilton, Ontario’s Copps Coliseum. Read more of this post

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