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NHL announces outdoor game at Dodger Stadium

May 6, 2013, 3:27 PM EDT

Dodger Stadium

It’s official: there will be an outdoor NHL game played at Dodger Stadium between the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks.

The game — which has been rumored for a while now — is set for Jan. 25, 2014, at 7 p.m. PT.

“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,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a release. “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.”

In case you’re wondering, the average high temperature for Los Angeles in January is 68 degrees, with a low of 48.

Granted, for outdoor games, the temperature isn’t really a major concern. It’s when the sun beats down on the ice that problems can occur. Hence, the evening start time.

The start time also suggests this is meant to be more of a local event, as opposed to, say, the Winter Classic.

“This is a credit to our fans and the amazing support they have shown to us and the NHL these past few years,” said former Kings player Luc Robitaille, who’s now in charge of business operations for the team. “This will be a sporting event like no other that has ever been seen in Southern California and we are proud to be a part of it.”

The Dodger Stadium game is part of the NHL’s 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series.

The 2014 Winter Classic goes Jan 1, 2014, at Michigan Stadium between Toronto and Detroit.

The Blackhawks will play the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 1, 2014 at Soldier Field in Chicago.

Other games that could reportedly be announced are:

Jan. 26: New Jersey vs. NY Rangers at Yankee Stadium
Jan. 29: NY Islanders vs. NY Rangers at Yankee Stadium
March 2: 2014 Heritage Classic – Ottawa vs. Vancouver at BC Place

  1. govtminion - May 6, 2013 at 3:28 PM

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    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 6, 2013 at 5:33 PM

      And your local Trader Joe’s. Get your 2 buck chuck. Two for the price of one.

  2. rpiotr01 - May 6, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    And THAT, hockey fans, is how the NHL killed this particular golden goose…

    • atwatercrushesokoye - May 6, 2013 at 5:56 PM

      You knew they would it only took a matter of time. Not sure why the Vancouver game is being billed as an outdoor game, it’s in a stadium with a retractable roof and since Vancouver gets a lot of rain in the winter I’m guessing the roof will be closed, hence an “outdoor game” is actually indoors but in a bigger building.

  3. sjsblitz - May 6, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    “ITS GON RAIN!” -Ollie Williams

  4. jjregan21 - May 6, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    Now the kings will have a legitmate pool of water to perform their dives on! They should play Vancouver!

    • imleftcoast - May 6, 2013 at 3:59 PM

      Couture is the new diving champ. Kings should play the Sharks.

      • comeonnowguys - May 6, 2013 at 4:42 PM

        Nice try.

      • kitshky - May 6, 2013 at 11:17 PM

        Ya nice try … present and current events have absolutely nothing to do with reality if they interfere in any way with the common narrative.

        You should know that, you’re on PHT enough.

  5. sjsharks66 - May 6, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    This game will be hilarious to watch.

    • ron05342 - May 6, 2013 at 5:04 PM

      Uh, its between two recent Stanley Cup champions.

      Actually, it would be hilarious to watch between the Sharks and Canucks, who, quite naturally, have zero Cups between them.

      • ravenscaps48 - May 6, 2013 at 5:37 PM

        I have no room to speak, but that was hilarious

      • sjsharks66 - May 6, 2013 at 10:19 PM

        I am not saying because of the teams. I am saying because the ice conditions. If the had problems in Pittsburgh a few years ago in January, they will have problems in L.A.

  6. dumbassgreg - May 6, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    hear the are planning only six indoor games next year.stole that from bob mccown. people say canada runs the league. seriously only nbc and americans like these games. they are crap. also most players today never played a game outside on lake or pond in their life. the need their mommy and daddy to organize the game. it would be too dangerous.lmao

  7. dallasstars9 - May 6, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Why not Angels stadium instead of that old and decrepit stadium the Dodgers call home?

    • dumbassgreg - May 6, 2013 at 3:47 PM

      $$$$ these games are about the money. it has nothing do with hockey or having game you can actually watch. these games are for people to get drunk at stadium or in their man caves.nothing to do with hockey

    • gradyspop - May 6, 2013 at 6:11 PM

      Yeah, the Big A is SOOOOOO much newer. Pssst Dodger Stadium opened its doors in 1962. It has had the same name the entire 50+ years of its existence. The Big A opened in 1966. It has been named at least 3 different things. And, much like the Angels and Ducks, it seems to have an identity crisis when it comes to being Los Angeles’ little brother.

  8. LampyB - May 6, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Wow, as much as i enjoy the Classic (favorite time of year second to cup finals) this is going to erode the benefit of outdoor games. 68 degree avg temp? Seriously? Many others to be announced as well? Way to kill it Bettman. I mean that in a bad way…

  9. Jeff - May 6, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    The Winter Classic will loss it’s uniqueness and its draw now. Stupid move adding more outdoor games in my opinion.

    • manchestermiracle - May 6, 2013 at 7:57 PM

      Right, folks will quit attending or watching the WC because a couple of SoCal teams have a local outdoor game.

  10. pitpenguinsrulez - May 6, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    Sweet now we get to see hockey players swimming on the ice.

    • stakex - May 6, 2013 at 3:57 PM

      I keep seeing people act like its not possible to play an outdoor game in warm climate, and I just have to shake my head. The NHL has already hosted an outdoor game in which temps hit 95 degrees. The Rangers and Kings played an outdoor game in Las Vegas in 1991, and the ice was good… despite 90+ degree temps the whole game. The only catch is that the game will have to be played at night, because direct sunlight would make the ice soft.

      I mean, considering how much it cost to set up an outdoor NHL game do you honestly think they would plan to do it in a warm location if high temps would cancel the game? Of course not.

      • ibieiniid - May 6, 2013 at 4:18 PM

        uhhhhhh was Bettman commish when that game happened? no. this will fail…. or there will be a dispute over how much the stadium will make in the deal. (spoiler alert: they’ll get raped)

      • letsgopens8771 - May 6, 2013 at 6:46 PM

        It was cold in Pittsburgh on Heinz Field, ideal for playing hockey. Yet the rain made the ice surface complete crap, because that’s what happens when ice is wet. In case you need a science lesson, heat melts ice and turns it into water. As we saw with the disappointment in the 2011 Winter Classic, when ice is wet, it is impossible to play on and the game looks bad. I mean come on, when the players tried to make passes, the puck would sometimes stop midway and/or leave streaks on the ice. Not the true way to play hockey.

  11. joeyashwi - May 6, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    Just when I think Bettman can’t get any worse…

    This has to rank up there with dumbest ideas ever. The beauty of outdoor games is the cold and snow, seeing your breath in the air, watching hockey in its most pure element. An outdoor game in California? The only thing that could be close to being as bad is playing a Super Bowl outdoors in a cold weather city. Oh, wait….

    • manchestermiracle - May 6, 2013 at 8:16 PM

      “…(M)ost pure element.” So those other outdoor games that happen to take place at higher latitudes had natural ice? Like a lake or pond? Nothing like the indoor technology that is used at every single NHL game for the playing surface?

  12. slclions - May 6, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    this is awesome…now there will actually be a splash when someone takes a dive

  13. uscthom78 - May 6, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    They managed to have an outside hockey game in Vegas like 20 years ago….pretty sure technology had improved since.

    • stakex - May 6, 2013 at 3:58 PM

      Not really, and it didn’t have to. That Rangers/Kings game had good ice in 90 degree temps… the technology can’t do much better then that.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 6, 2013 at 7:21 PM

        NHL should set up a game in the Mojave Desert. Now that would be a celebration of the great winter game. I’m sure all us remember the days when we played shinny hockey in the desert among the Diamond back rattle snacks, Joshua trees, and Bobcat, Burrowing Owl, California Kingsnake, etc… :-)

  14. ibieiniid - May 6, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    the key to this working:

  15. gbar22 - May 6, 2013 at 4:02 PM


  16. scaarepittschamberofcommerce - May 6, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    what a joke!

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 6, 2013 at 7:23 PM

      Do you think they can freeze up Lake Mead and hold a game there? Go Gary!

  17. sjsharks66 - May 6, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Thats funny, anyone remember doughty’s dive the other night against the blues? He tripped from the blue line all the way to the net. 😉

    • slclions - May 6, 2013 at 4:16 PM

      9.5 from the Russian judge

  18. ironmike778 - May 6, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Bettman is the devil. Way to ruin a special thing.

  19. lonespeed - May 6, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    What a forum full of whiners. You guys must all be Penguin fans.

    You know you’re going to watch it, so why all the complaining. This in no way ruins the Winter Classic. It’s simply something different to try.

    It’s a big world out there. Heaven forbid you step outside your bubble and accept something new. Change happens. Traditions are meant to be kept, but new things are also meant to be tried.

  20. qauzaq - May 6, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    Jeez people are upset about this! Why not just be happy? It’s gonna be a great experience so I think everyone should just calm down haha

  21. cwood02 - May 6, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Bettman said that Denver can’t host one of these games because its too warm. Funny…..

  22. blomfeld - May 6, 2013 at 4:42 PM


    I say ‘bravo’ to Gary Bettman for ignoring the pessimists and forging ahead with this exciting, bold and potentially ‘lucrative’ enterprise! I bet that most of you ‘timid’ saps above would probably have preferred it if Columbus had just stayed at home there in Genoa, pursuing a lowly career as some local fisherman eh? Anyway, I can see this particular game at a Dodger Stadium becoming an ‘unparalleled’ success. The only real consideration is the game-time temperature. As a former resident of Torrance CA however, I can attest that January evenings in LA are usually in the low to mid 40’s F, therefore there shouldn’t be any problems at all (ie: the average temperature inside Rogers Arena here in Vancouver for a Canucks game is usually at 75-80 degrees F). Anyway, I personally can’t wait for this game and hopefully our beloved Kings will be playing as the defending Stanley Cup champions ! :)

    BETTMAN ROCKS !!!!!!!!!!!

  23. cspsrbums - May 6, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    Oh Yea NHL is run by clowns I thought PiTt would play LA since the pens are usually playing every other outdoor came

  24. thehighcountrybear - May 6, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    The League isn’t marketing hockey here, it’s marketing spectacle…spectacle sells big in LA no doubt!

    And forget the ice issues, being able to see the puck in play at Dodger Stadium will ensure this game will be a one off…

    If I’m in the area during winter travels, I’d go for sure! At least the beer won’t freeze in the can before you can get properly lubricated!

    And think of the girls? If the game proves to be a mutt-fest, you can always fall-back to Venice…the boardwalk from Venice Beach to the Santa Monica pier is worth the airfare by itself!

    • blomfeld - May 6, 2013 at 6:28 PM

      a ‘mutt-fest’ in LA ? …

      LOL ! :) Seriously man, please ‘stand down’ from your concerns! No such thing as a ‘mutt fest’ is ever going to happen in a place like LA, trust me!

  25. spavs412 - May 6, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    It’ll be sick

  26. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 6, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    On Jan 24 will be a game between rival gangs the bloods and crips. The referees will be from La eMe. :-)

    • 2jivecrew - May 6, 2013 at 7:28 PM

      Well it’s the closest the name “chavez” will ever get to the sport of hockey. Thank God.

  27. barroomhero80 - May 6, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Easy there sharks fan don’t get your panties in a bunch cause nobody gives a rats ass about your team. Hate on chumps. Hate on

  28. mogogo1 - May 6, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    I actually liked the idea originally of a few more outdoor games… but I was thinking in winter conditions. Even when they get something going good for them, the NHL can’t help but mess it up.

  29. letsgopens8771 - May 6, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    I like outdoor games, don’t get me wrong, but this is a joke.

  30. bensawesomeness - May 6, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    So i don’t blame the NHL for having the games at Yankee stadium, they’re trying to capitalize on Super Bowl money, which i think if any of us saw the ‘actual’ numbers behind it, we’d pull the trigger too

    And honestly, if they say that they can do a game in LA, i’d say go for it and lets try it

    The games in Chicago and Vancouver are a bit of a money grab

    Can’t we just try this and then make judgments? Like really, they have 1 big one in Ann Arbor, and the other ones are more local than anything

    Game on!

    • dumbassgreg - May 6, 2013 at 7:11 PM

      the games are all $$$$ not just chicago and vancouver

      • manchestermiracle - May 6, 2013 at 8:10 PM

        Every single game is about money. Did you conveniently forget about the recent lockout, a product of a huge hissy fit over money?

  31. xoscroggsxo - May 6, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Stupidest idea Bettman has had yet.. Winter classic is a game looked forward to by hockey fans across the world now you add more outdoor games Nd the winter classic loses its value and meaning to hockey.. He isn’t doing this for us fans to Watch games hes doing it to make money.

    Pissed off wings fan!

  32. rgledz - May 6, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    It just makes sense that the NHL would have an outdoor game in a hockey hotbed like L.A. What a joke.

    • manchestermiracle - May 6, 2013 at 8:08 PM

      Right. After all, why would anyone want to take advantage of the home of the defending SC champs? How ridiculous is that?

  33. manchestermiracle - May 6, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    What a bunch of whiners. Don’t watch it if you think it’s a joke, but don’t act like just because there isn’t snow on the ground it shouldn’t happen. You want hockey to get its just due and become a major sport, but you don’t want anyone treading on your sacred ice. The classic definition of eating your cake and wanting it, too.

    If any of you old-fogey-thinking, get-off-my-lawn party-poopers live long enough I can’t wait to see your heads explode when some rich Middle East country hosts a hockey tournament on a rink suspended over the Persian Gulf. Sometimes I think you guys would only be happy if the NHL contracted to six teams and outlawed any equipment developed after 1950.

  34. proudliberal85392 - May 6, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    I agree with my esteemed colleague, blomfeld. I grew up in Dodger Stadium during the Koufax/Drysdale/Wills glory days. It’s another great way to showcase a still spectacular architectural gem in a wonderful setting.

    • blomfeld - May 7, 2013 at 1:04 AM

      Proud Liberal = Human Quality !

      Suffice it to say friends, that anyone who doesn’t like our friend Proudliberal85392 or agree with his views, is a total and absolute idiot ! … and therefore such person will be duly ‘interviewed’ by officers of Blomfeld’s ‘Special Action’ security brigade !

      ps: hey man, we Kings just evened things up with those ‘primate’ Blues from St Louis and so ‘good times’ are now a happening ! … you’re an Interstate-10 comrade friend and so I know that you must be happy too, eh ? :)

  35. greatminnesotasportsmind - May 6, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Here’s to 85* and bright sun. Because, you know ice lasts long in warm sun

    • blomfeld - May 7, 2013 at 12:38 AM

      listen up you negative and ‘uninformed’ simpleton … the average temperature in Los Angeles on January 25th at 1900 hours is @ 54 degrees F … the average room temperature at a Canuck’s home game at Rogers Arena is @ 75 degrees F … therefore the question begets, what’s your point ?

  36. ndnut - May 6, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    Games should go to NY, Minneapolis, and Denver. After that, I don’t really care since most other good cold cities have gotten outdoor games (Chicago, Michigan, Pitt, and Buffalo)

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - May 7, 2013 at 2:16 AM

      All these games sets up for Minnesota having the 2015 Winter Classic.

      Their owner has wanted the game, but has been told they wouldn’t get one until they made the playoffs. Which is part of the reason why he spent 196 million on Parise/Suter. Now they are in, and its just about guaranteed they will get the game, presumably at Target Field. Only question is vs who?

  37. bman7206 - May 6, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Wow. Talk about ruining a good thing. Must be the NHL making up for lost revenue during the lockout.

  38. greatminnesotasportsmind - May 7, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    the average temperature in Los Angeles on January 25th at 1900 hours is @ 54 degrees F

    In use of the English language you dumb troll. Maybe instead of wasting your time on PHT, posting dumb music videos from YouTube, maybe go back to your local community college and take an English course. Of course, that’s assuming you’ve graduated from high school first.

    As far as the average temp inside Rogers Arena could be whatever the hell they want it to be. Because you’ve probably never played a game of hockey in your life, there are miles of pipes that make the ice. Don’t be so naive to think the Dodgers are going to be okay with the NHL digging up the outfield/infield so they can run miles of pipes under ground, a couple of months before the baseball season. Secondly, the ice is going to be god awful, just like the ice was at Soldier Field for the Minnesota/Wisconsin and Notre Dame/Miami (Ohio) games. The glare of the sun at 28* did a number of the ice, which made it very bad and choppy. That’s at 28* which is a little colder than the average temperature of 54* at 7:00 in Los Angeles and the 68* during the day.

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