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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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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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NHL Stadium Series Media Day At Dodger Stadium – In Photos


Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

On September 26, the National Hockey League held a press conference at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles where one of the six 2014 Stadium Series games will be played, with the Los Angeles Kings hosting the Anaheim Ducks, on January 25, 2014.

To read Frozen Royalty’s comprehensive coverage of Thursday’s media day, please read:

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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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LA Kings Honor Their Past: Retired Trainer Pete Demers Gets Stanley Cup Ring

Retired LA Kings head athletic trainer Pete Demers received a 2012 Stanley Cup Ring from
the team last week.
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LOS ANGELES — With National Hockey League teams opening rookie camps this week, and with training camps opening next week, the 2013-14 NHL season is just about upon us, and our focus will, of course, quickly turn to the teams and their players.

But before Frozen Royalty begins its coverage of the 2013-14 Los Angeles Kings, starting with Friday’s media day during their Rookie Camp (players are expected to be on the ice at 10:00 AM today at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California), there is one bit of news left from their 2011-12 Stanley Cup Championship to catch up on.

As many are aware, former Kings greats Marcel Dionne and Rogie Vachon each received a Stanley Cup ring from the team during the opening day festivities on January 19, 2013, at Staples Center.

As reported in this space last February, Dionne said that receiving the ring was, “…the closing chapter in my hockey life.”

Vachon said that, “…I had absolutely no idea, no clue, that it was coming. It was just incredible.”

Another Kings alumnus had to wait just a bit longer for his Stanley Cup ring, one who worked 2,632 consecutive games over 34 seasons with the Kings (37 years with the franchise), and was as deserving as anyone.

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