As we reported back in April, the Anaheim Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings will play an outdoor game at Dodger Stadium next season on January 25, 2014. This will be part of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series next year, which will feature a hand full of outdoor regular season games. The sun would normally be the biggest issue for this outdoor game. However, the starting time will be at night so there won’t be a threat of the sun melting the ice. Here is our initial report on this series:
Reported by TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dredger, the NHL will open a SIX game outdoor series next season. One of those games will take place at Dodgers Stadium and be between the Anaheim Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings on January 25th! The other five games will be: Toronto Maple Leafs-Detroit Red Wings from Michigan Stadium (Jan, 1st), New jersey Devils-New York Rangers from Yankee Stadium (Jan. 26th), New York Islanders-Rangers from Yankee Stadium (Jan. 29th), Pittsburgh Penguins-Chicago Blackhawks from Soldier Field (Mar. 1st), and Ottawa Senators-Vancouver Canucks from BC Place (Mar. 2nd). Apparently the paper work still needs to be finished, but this is pretty much finished.
Only one other game of this series has been officially announced and that was the Blackhawks-Penguins outdoor game at Soldier Field. This is what NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman (hisssss) had to say about this outdoor game in SoCal:
“With their meeting in the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, the Ducks and the Kings will write the next chapter in the exciting story of NHL hockey in Southern California. At a venue that represents so much glorious sports history, this match-up of Stanley Cup champions will raise our outdoor initiatives to bold new heights. We know the game will be a treat for our fans, and we thank the Ducks, the Kings, Coors Light, Dodger Stadium and the Los Angeles Dodgers for bringing it to life.
This will be the first outdoor game for the Ducks franchise, but this will not be the first outdoor game for the Kings franchise. They took part in an exhibition game back in 1991 against the Rangers, which took part in 85-degree weather in Las Vegas, Nevada. So, a game outdoors in warm weather was done before and it can be done again. There is no guarantee of how good the ice is going to be because it probably won’t be good ice.
To those of you who are doubting or questioning this series, remember the NHL is a business. And what is the goal of a business? To make money. That’s what this whole series is about. Even though, this series interferes with the integrity and the specialness of the Winter Class, there is no doubt that this series will draw a lot of attention and draw in a lot of dough.