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Kings, Ducks won’t hold outdoor alumni game

Aug 22, 2013, 7:51 PM EST

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For some, six outdoor games might seem like a bit much. Yet Gary Bettman might have a point when he pumps up the local aspect of the individual events; wouldn’t it be more fun if each host city put its own spin on each respective outing?*

In the case of Dodger Stadium’s outdoor game, the first big change – beyond the heightened threat of sunny weather – is that there will not be an alumni game. LA Kings Insider reports that the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks won’t feature heroes of yore ambling up and down the ice as part of the festivities.

Kings/AEG executive Kelly Cheeseman explains why.

“We went through that exercise ad nauseum to try to make that work, because … we were very excited about that possibility,” Cheeseman said. “But, unfortunately, just the logistics and the timing of our game, and the concerns of the ice conditions, aren’t going to allow us to pull off an alumni game …”

(Of course, it’s hard to ignore the lack of particularly appealing Ducks alumni options since they’re still a relatively new franchise. Well, unless Teemu Selanne retires and we get to see him pair up with Paul Kariya again, though …)

On the bright side, Cheeseman noted that the event with “definitely represent Southern California.” Feel free to speculate on what, exactly, that means.

* – Or outings, if you’re talking about Yankee Stadium.

  1. multiplemiggs - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    “definitely represent southern california”

    So they would have hosted an event with cracked out celebrities and drive by shootings?

  2. ndnut - Aug 22, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Blom will be recognized by the kings at one or both intermissions. Then random music videos would play on the jumbotron. That is SoCal hockey culture.

  3. zaksopinion - Aug 22, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Sad. That would’ve been great to see

  4. blomfeld - Aug 22, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    THREE THINGS HERE WHICH ARE IRREFUTABLY APPARENT !

    1) O’Brien is definitely a communist

    2) The idea of a Ducks ‘alumni’ game is consistent with Selena Gomez writing her memoirs

    3) ndnut is ‘probably’ a good guy and therefore ‘armies’ of attractive women must surely come his way ! :)

    friends … as an ardent, loyal and values-driven fan of the ‘glorious’ LA Kings since 1973, I can tell you that the cancellation of this idiotic spectacle is music to my ears … Bettman is an imbecile and he has no rights, other than to be ‘stepped upon’ like some lowly ant on the sidewalk … as for this parasite Kings/AEG executive Kelly Cheeseman ? … well suffice it to say, he should be ‘urinated upon’ for even having the gall to speak on this subject publicly … the bottom line is that we LA Kings won the last ‘untainted & asterisk-free’ Stanley Cup Championship and therefore by any reasonable standard, we today are still the ‘true’ Stanley Cup Champions and ‘best’ hockey team in the free world today !

    GO KING GO !!!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!! :) :) :) :) :)

    • echojester - Aug 23, 2013 at 8:31 AM

      I have to disagree with your second point. The ducks have had a good deal of alumni players, Rob Niedermayer, Paul Kariya, Keith Carney, Adam Oates, Dan Blysma, etc.

      I mean the team has been around since the 93-94 season, you can’t tell me that after 2 decades of hocket with 2 Stanley Cup Finals appearances and 1 Stanley Cup victory, there’s not some retired guys that call Anaheim their alumni.

    • kaptaanamerica - Aug 23, 2013 at 8:51 AM

      You’re a Johnny cum lately kings fan.

  5. dan46778 - Aug 23, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    Nooooooooooooooooo

  6. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Aug 23, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    That sucks for the fans. There could have been some great alumni to play in that one. Gretzky, Robitaille, Blake… Kariya, Niedermeyer, Niedermeyer.

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