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Doughty on LA outdoor game: ‘I don’t understand how that would work’

Apr 8, 2013, 5:40 PM EDT


It appears the concept of an outdoor hockey game in Los Angeles was news to Drew Doughty.

The Kings defenseman was asked about the rumored outdoor game — to be reportedly played at Dodgers Stadium — that would feature Los Angeles and their Freeway Faceoff rivals, the Anaheim Ducks.

The question was asked, conveniently enough, following LA’s 4-3 shootout loss to the Ducks on Sunday.

Doughty hadn’t heard about the rumored game, and had some questions of his own.

“I don’t understand how that would work,” Doughty told reporters. “Isn’t it too hot?

“Would it not be too hot? The ice would be crappy, for sure.”

To be fair to Doughty, he was asked what it would be like to play “in front of 55,000 people,” and in 70 degree weather.

That question wasn’t entirely accurate — while the attendance might be that high, the game will reportedly be played in the evening, to mitigate weather concerns.

(Specifically, to make sure the sun isn’t shining on the ice during the game.)

Here’s an average monthly weather chart for Los Angeles, if you’re so inclined to check it out.

When asked about the atmosphere for a potential Dodger Stadium game, Doughty sounded excited.

“It’d be cool, fun,” he said. “I’ve never played in a bigger crown than 18,000, or whatever the biggest NHL rink is. To be able to do that would be pretty fun.”

H/T to Frozen Royalty for video and quotes.

  1. steelers88 - Apr 8, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    I don’t understand it either.

  2. itsallniceonice - Apr 8, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    There seems to be weather/ice concerns every year for the Winter Classic in cold weather environments. This should be hilarious.

  3. puckhogg - Apr 8, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    players will have the option of wearing lifejackets or arm floaties

    • handsofsweed - Apr 8, 2013 at 9:04 PM

      Water polo, anyone?

  4. bcsteele - Apr 8, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Or they throw out the ice and give them all rollar blades…

    • elvispocomo - Apr 8, 2013 at 6:18 PM

      That must be it, the Kings would wear the LA Blades jerseys and maybe play the Anaheim Bullfrogs as a ‘throwback’ to the Roller Hockey International league.

  5. jdrew506 - Apr 8, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Even if the game is played at night the ice would need time to freeze, how would that happen on a 70 or even 60 degree California day?

  6. uscthom78 - Apr 8, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Not going to happen, but build something in big bear….imagine the kings vs Canucks at dorner stadium….that would be a killer of a game

  7. redgreentape - Apr 8, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    If Buttman wants it, It will come, Reason never stands in his way.

  8. kitshky - Apr 8, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    I don’t understand any of the West Coast options, even the idea of playing it at BC Place in Vancouver. The only way that even comes close to a viable option is if you have the roof closed, and then it’d just be a watching a game played on inferior ice from about a thousand feet away…with sh*tty beer. Ya the HD screen in Van is amazing but so is my TV.

    Nevermind trying to make it work in La…

  9. tyler4richardson - Apr 8, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    This leaves me with hope for a Yellowknife hosted summer Olympics.

  10. 950003cups - Apr 8, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    Didn’t they play a preseason game in Las Vegas many moons ago? Ice was crappy, but the cooling machines and the vast years of experience will make it work good. I remember the Flyers / Rangers Winter Classic game was almost 60 degrees that day. That game wasn’t too bad. I imagine a game in LA they would make the necessary precautions to ensure they have better freezing systems.

  11. jacketsfan7 - Apr 8, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    I don’t either. That’s like playing football in Antarctica

  12. jacketsfan7 - Apr 8, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    I could understand a charity roller hockey game between la and Anaheim but not an NHL game

  13. jimw81 - Apr 8, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    it would remind of the game played in vegas

  14. bensawesomeness - Apr 8, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    I don’t understand it, but if the NHL says they can do it, i’d say give it a go

  15. awade9233 - Apr 8, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Doughty on being intelligent: ‘I like turtles.’

    • kitshky - Apr 9, 2013 at 9:53 AM

      Reporter – “How many points do you have this year Drew”
      Drew – “I have this many….” *points to the color orange

  16. jkulha86 - Apr 8, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Why not have the game at Stanford University or Cal University? They’re a little more north with average temps in the upper 50’s, and the stadiums would be better suited for hosting a hockey game.

  17. spyder00798 - Apr 8, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    Isn’t it always warm/hot in Los Angeles? Maybe Bettman will solve global warming problem and manage to promote hockey and please Al Gore in the same week. Al Gore sucks but I’m glad he made the Internets.

  18. iHeartHockey31 - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    If Drew Doughty needs to know how outdoor hockey works in hot weather, he can ask anyone on the 1991 Kings. Although only an exhibition game, it was the first official NHL outdoor game.
    Temperatur @ puck drop 85°F & as as high as 95°F during the game.

    It took 3 times the coolant to keep the ice at the right temperature & there was an issue with grasshoppers jumping onto the ice & freezing, but they’ve likely made a lot of innovations in outdoor ice rinks since 1991.

    It was also dubbed the ‘grasshopper game’ because of an issue where the top layer of ice would melt & grasshoppers would jump onto to keep cool then the ice would freeze over, covering the ice surface with grasshoppers.

    The Rangers played the LA Kings in that pre-season game have turned the preseason kings-rangers in las vegas game into a preseason tradition — the Frozen Fury [now played indoors].

    So it’s feasbile. the question is does it actually represent the traditional ‘early beginings’ and invoke realistic memories of playing hockey on the ice during cold canadian winters? Hey, it’s Hollywood… if the NHL wants visions of a cold, snowy outdoor ice rink, Hollywood’s the place to go.

  19. nyrnashty - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Rangers played the Kings on the Vegas strip in a pre season game. I think the year was 1992, so if they had the tech then they have it now. I think it was in the low 80’s that day. I remember that game when I was young and the article can be googled if interested in reading. With that being said, I like the idea of only 1 outdoor game a year with the exception of the Heritage Classic!

  20. blomfeld - Apr 8, 2013 at 11:06 PM


    Despite being an ardent and values-driven fan of the reigning Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings, I say the Dodger Stadium idea is the brainchild of an imbecilic! The WC is a “marquee” event which should be reserved for “indigenous” locations that can best showcase the game in a natural and “wintry” setting (ie: Bettman’s very own words). Staging the game in a place like Los Angeles would do nothing but sully the spirit of this enterprise and dilute it’s marketing potential, much the same way that Evil Knievel made a mockery of daredevil sports with his idiotic “rocket-charged” attempt to cross Snake River. The fact is that we King’s are a unique exception, in that we’re the original “sunbelt” experiment which “actually” worked. So let’s not push the envelope here and get silly … please !

    Blomfeld’s executive listing of “suitable” cities for hosting future WC games:

    – Montreal
    – Toronto
    – Ottawa
    – Winnipeg
    – Edmonton
    – Minneapolis
    – Buffalo
    – Denver

    • awade9233 - Apr 9, 2013 at 2:20 AM

      I feel like the phrase “values driven kings fan” is an oxymoron.

  21. nyrnashty - Apr 8, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    Here’s the link. Check this out pretty cool to read. You can also find other clippings from various media outlets if you just google it.

  22. Gann Matsuda - Apr 9, 2013 at 3:15 AM

    This might help those of you who can’t understand why an outdoor game can work in Los Angeles. After all, if it can be played in mid-80 degree weather in Las Vegas (after it was in the 100’s all day), a game could easily be played in LA…

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