Helene Elliott of the LA Times reports that the NHL is close to finalizing an outdoor hockey game in 2014 between the two SoCal hockey rivals. The NHL has been reticent about hosting an outdoor game in a warm weather city -- in 1991 the Kings played an exhibition game on an outdoor rink outside of Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas amid upper 80’s temperature and the rink was overrun by grasshoppers -- but the plan is to hold the game at night in January, and with improved technology (the NHL has a portable rink they use at outdoor games) the ice should keep a strong game condition.
Is outdoor hockey a fun idea, or a gimmick? Would you like to see the Kings and the Ducks face off at Dodger Stadium?
Bob Miller, LA Kings play-by-play announcer since 1973