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The Dodgers want to host a Winter Classic

May 24, 2012, 11:06 AM EDT

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Perhaps the 30-14 record has gone to their heads. Or, perhaps the Los Angeles Dodgers really do think they could host a Winter Classic in a city where the temperature averages around 70°F in January.

“Facility-wise, we could certainly handle it,” Dodgers President Stan Kasten told the L.A. Times.

Added chairman Mark Walter: “They put a man on the moon. They can make it work.”

However, developing the space technology might not be the biggest roadblock to a game at Dodgers Stadium.

In December, the NHL’s chief operating officer, John Collins, told the New York Times that a West Coast team was unlikely to host a Winter Classic.

“We have a window at 1 o’clock on New Year’s Day, so that limits your ability to go west,” Collins said. “We like that window, and we like the family environment at these games. I think part of that is playing at 1 o’clock.”

The 2013 Winter Classic will be held at Michigan Stadium between the Red Wings and Maple Leafs.

After that, nobody knows. However, potential venues that haven’t hosted a previous Winter Classic include Yankee Stadium (but not for “the next couple of years”) and Target Field in Minneapolis.

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  1. sjsharks66 - May 24, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    After the wings classic it should be sharks/penguins and should be in AT&T park.

    • hiltonandastoria - May 24, 2012 at 11:56 AM

      Two out of conference teams one being the Sharks who less than 100,000 people on this planet actually cares about…..

  2. comeonnowguys - May 24, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Added chairman Mark Walter: “They put a man on the moon. They can make it work.”

    Did he really just lump space exploration and playing in with playing outdoor ice hockey in L.A.?

    Fine, L.A. You want slushy outdoor hockey? Don’t complain when the Super Bowl goes to NY and other outdoor cold-weather facilities and cuts into your rotation.

    • hiltonandastoria - May 24, 2012 at 11:58 AM

      “They put a man on the moon” almost makes ya think “well that’s true” to almost anything huh?

      • mianfr - May 24, 2012 at 1:07 PM

        I mean this is also the guy who paid $2 billion for a team that had been completely gutted of value and was expected to fetch maybe a quarter for that, so while his people reached the moon, I don’t know if they came from Earth.

      • hiltonandastoria - May 24, 2012 at 1:10 PM

        And didn’t even get a parking lot with it

      • mianfr - May 24, 2012 at 1:33 PM

        Yeah, I don’t know how they couldn’t finagle complete ownership of the parking lots into that mega-deal.

        I mean considering how completely ruined McCourt’s life looked like it was going to be before Guggenheim came along, they should have been able to tell McCourt to bite the pillow because they were going in dry (well, maybe not Magic), and then also take the lots, and everything else.

  3. sjsharks66 - May 24, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Is it that crazy to think the sharks should have a WC? I believe Toronto is in it this year. I know Toronto fans are pretty hardcore and love their team, but how many people want to watch them in the WC?
    They’re going to lose to the wings, it’s not even going to be interesting.

  4. mgp1219 - May 24, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Can you say “bandwagon”?

  5. greatminnesotasportsmind - May 24, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    2014 Winter Classic will be at Target Field. The Twins/Wild are head over heels trying to get a Winter Classic here. By then, they (the Wild) will have big names to make them attractive. Mikhail Granlund, Charlie Coyle (who some scouts rate ahead of Granlund), Koivu, still have Heatley.

    My guess is St. Louis or Dallas will be the opponent. By then, the realignment will happen, making them rivals.

    • therealjr - May 24, 2012 at 3:31 PM

      A little optimistic on the timeframe for Granlund and Coyle becoming all-stars, don’t you think?

      Also, need more of a draw for an opponent

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - May 24, 2012 at 7:03 PM

        I don’t recall using the words All-Star. I did say they are suppose to be big time, and if everyone is gushing over Granlund, and some scouts saying Coyle is better, all I’m saying is the future is extremely bright.

      • therealjr - May 25, 2012 at 1:28 PM

        Big names. You think Granlund and Coyle, while not all-stars are going to be big names in 2014. Typical head up the a Wild fan.

  6. rgledz - May 24, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    @Greatminnesotasportsmind…..Chicago would be the ideal opponent. Huge fan base, huge market and they can easily travel to the Twin Cities. Let’s make it happen!

    • getadealdonealready - May 24, 2012 at 3:12 PM

      I like it. Get it done!

  7. brucewaynewins - May 24, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    To anyone who thinks temperature is a major issue you’re likely wrong. They’ve done outdoor games in Las Vegas before. Here in Cincinnati we have an Ice Rink downtown that stays open outdoors until March I believe. It will operate until the temperature hits 60 degrees on a dry day.

    So we have better ice equipment than the NHL has I suppose?

    I assume if Vegas can do it in warmer than 60 and we in Cincy can do it at up to 60 the NHL can do it in warmer with the right equipment.

    It may be as simple as additive to ice that changes the melting temperature or cooling tiles. Who knows. But if anyone thinks its impossible you’re wrong.

    I can link any doubters to the website proving the 60 degrees part of Cincy.

    • therealjr - May 24, 2012 at 3:33 PM

      Temperature is not as much as issue as the sun glaring down directly on the ice making for bad TV. Of course that could be helped by doing it at night, but the NHL seems to think their fans want to be up early on January 1. Not me.

    • stakex - May 24, 2012 at 9:32 PM

      The 1991 outdoor NHL game in Las Vegas between the Kings and Rangers was in fact played in temps that hit 95 degrees. Think about that for a second….. 95 degrees, and both teams said the ice held up well.

      However there is a big problem: The game had to be played at night, because direct sunlight with those temps would render the ice way too soft. Since the game would have to be played at night, puck drop would have to be sometime around 9-10PM EST… which doesn’t come close to the NHL’s desired 1PM EST time slot. Thats why a Winter Classive in LA will never happen… not because its not possible.

      Side Note: The ice conditions required to have an NHL game, are not the same as those required for open skating at a public outdoor rink. So just becasue you know of outdoor rinks that are open when its 60 and sunny out, does not mean they would be able to play an NHL game on that surface.

  8. jimw81 - May 24, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    I heard that ultimate showdown Flyers vs Penguins in Happy Valley will go down in 2014. Think about it, we are the mountain top of hatred of both teams and Penn State is looking to do anything to rebrand themselves after Sandusky crap. It’s going down in 2014. Book it.

  9. spavs412 - May 24, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    All about a happy valley mid state bash!!! But we would be in 3 classics that can’t work or can it?

    • jimw81 - May 24, 2012 at 5:15 PM

      try 3 days of partying and rioting in happy valley.

  10. jimw81 - May 24, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    NBC and Cbc doesn’t want wild in the event. No offense wild fans. Top teams and original six teams only. You can pull off the event in happy valley. Only problems is partying. It’s bad enough there is bar on every block.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - May 24, 2012 at 3:37 PM

      Because Buffalo, Pittsburgh, and Washington are all original 6 teams. Even though they were good teams when they held that event or played in it. The Wild are not that far behind. By 2014 they will be a top tier team that can play in said event. The Wild have gone from empty cupboards to having 4 of the top 38 prospects. All 4 are now signed. They also have cap room to sign high profile free agents each of the next 3 years.

      Maybe you forgot they did have the best record in the NHL half way through December. Then their lack of depth was exposed after they got hit with injuries. They have signed high profile prospects to help with that.

      Oh and Minnesota produces the most Ameicans in the NHL right now doesn’t hurt, being every Minnesotan plays hockey outside.

      • jimw81 - May 24, 2012 at 5:11 PM

        this event has to have superstars and teams that sell well to public. NBC and CBC has the final word. Wild is a good team but they lack a superstar and rivalry. Wild game on Hockey day in america brought the tv ratings down 17%.

        “Conspicuously absent from NBC’s press release on Sunday’s ratings was any mention of the Bruins/Wild game later in the day. Overnights for that game were down 17%, and the final ratings were probably none too fresh either.”

        It goes back to my argument would take a) two teams that hate each other and blew tv ratings ever for first round playoff series or b) a good team that wins 3-2 or 2-1 every night. People are also forgetting the 2013 winter classic is a test run for the NHL for this game how run it in a 100,000+ seat stadium.

  11. proudliberal85392 - May 24, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    How about an outdoor game here in Phoenix in August? Makes as much sense.

  12. viper027 - May 24, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    I personally want to see 2 teams who haven’t played in one. One Canadian one American would be good. What about colorado vs Vancouver in denver? Or the jets vs st louis in Winnipeg? Why should the pens get a 3rd classic? Because Cindy crosby? Yeah cause the last one he played in turned out so well for him. The NHL should try to promote other players.

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