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It’s All About The Scene In LA For The Outdoor Game

from Etan Vlessing of The Hollywood Reporter,

The NHL has never played a regular season outdoor game west of the Mississippi river, but the league will be front and center in Los Angeles when it partners with NBC Sports to take hockey to Dodger Stadium on Jan. 25.

"What a perfect combination: the Hollywood stars, the hockey stars, under the stars. It is the perfect hat trick," NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network executive producer Sam Flood told The Hollywood Reporter about the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks regular season game....

But Flood, a former college hockey captain at Williams before becoming a TV hockey powerbroker, said mixing NHL brawn with Hollywood beauty promises an event more than a league game. "[Los Angeles] is celebrity. That is the scene. That is a place you want to be seen," Flood insisted.

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PuckStopsHere's avatar

The NHL has never played a regular season outdoor game west of the Mississippi river,

Edmonton is west of the Mississippi and it is where the first of the modern outdoor games was played.

Posted by PuckStopsHere on 01/03/14 at 06:46 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

“What a perfect combination: the Hollywood stars, the hockey stars, under the stars. It is the perfect hat trick,” NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network executive producer Sam Flood told The Hollywood Reporter

Right. The perfect hat trick on nonsense.

1. Hollywood stars who know nothing about hockey, but will show up anyway to get their faces on television.

2. Hockey stars who 99% of the folks in LA never heard of.

3. And under the stars in a location where, since 1974, the temperature typically varies from 51°F to 64°F and is rarely below 45°F.

But, hey, at least that idiot from SI won’t have to worry about “inconvenient” things like snow and cold weather that might lead to “a miserable display of hockey” because guys like Pavel couldn’t dangle the puck for him.

This definitely is one nationally televised game that I won’t be watching.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 01/03/14 at 06:58 PM ET

Savage Henry's avatar

Celebrities watching hockey players stumble around on slush!  That’s entertainment!  Hopefully nobody is injured on the shitty ice.

Posted by Savage Henry on 01/03/14 at 07:08 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

I don’t think the ice will be an issue. As long as the pipes underneath are functioning it should be okay.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 01/03/14 at 07:25 PM ET

Savage Henry's avatar

http://www.detroithockey.net/pressbox/news/2004/01/23/kronwall-breaks-leg-in-warmups.php

They have problems keeping the ice frozen indoors in LA this time of year.  Humidity (causing condensation) or (even worse) rain can make it even more difficult.  I’m sure they have their best people on it, but I’m sure not optimistic.

Posted by Savage Henry on 01/03/14 at 07:49 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Jeebus, hockey in the ADHD capital of the world.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 01/03/14 at 08:17 PM ET

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Should be fun, palm trees, Hollywood stars all at iconic Dodger Stadium with two great teams.

Posted by timbits on 01/03/14 at 09:01 PM ET

calquake's avatar

  The NHL has never played a regular season outdoor game west of the Mississippi river,

Edmonton is west of the Mississippi and it is where the first of the modern outdoor games was played.

Posted by PuckStopsHere on 01/03/14 at 06:46 PM ET


I think you’ll find your answer here:

from Etan Vlessing of The Hollywood Reporter,

Posted by calquake on 01/03/14 at 11:09 PM ET

Chet's avatar

I live in LA. Word on the street is it’s stupid and WAY overpriced. Btw what stars? Canadian B-listers and Cuba Gooding? If Alan Thicke gets even a SECOND of airtime the jig is up!

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 01/03/14 at 11:15 PM ET

aerodude's avatar

Winter Classic Lite, for when you want something smooth, watered down, and melted.

Posted by aerodude on 01/04/14 at 01:06 AM ET

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Not sure why you guys are so down on this game.  The way I see it, teams like LA, Anaheim, San Jose and most of the other southern markets will never get a full “Winter Classic” game like the Detroit game this year.  They don’t have rivalries with “winter” teams and they’re not in the northeast where a vast majority of the games are held.  If they want to host a game, let them.  If you don’t like it, don’t watch it.

Hell, even teams like Minnesota are going to be hard-pressed to get a winter classic, despite having real winters.  The league will save those big New Years Day games for the big markets where they’ll draw in all which means more Pittsburgh, Washington, and New York.  Gee, I can’t wait to see the Pens yet again.  So, again, let them host a game if they want to.

No one expects great ice, but these are two damn good teams.  Better teams, I might add, than the two that played in Ann Arbor.  This game is going to be something the league hasn’t seen before in the regular season.  Most likely bright sunshine, palm trees, pleasant temperatures and no snow.  Sure, it could be a train wreck, but it could also turn out pretty damn good.  It’ll be a spectacle one way or the other and that’s what the league wants, isn’t it?

Posted by Canucklehead from Ottawa, Ontario on 01/05/14 at 12:52 AM ET

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