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by George Malik on 08/23/13 at 12:53 AM ET
Somehow, color me unsurprised: per Puck Daddy's Harrison Mooney, LA Kings Insider's Jon Rosen reports that the "Stadium Series" between the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks on January 25th will involve no alumni games because making ice that is safe for players to skate on at Dodger Stadium is not a simple task:
The Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks have excelled at expanding their alumni relations and bringing former players back within their organizational borders. Unfortunately for fans of the two Southern California teams that had hoped otherwise, there won’t be an alumni game surrounding the January 25 Kings-Ducks Coors Light NHL Stadium Series event at Dodger Stadium, as noted by Kelly Cheeseman, Chief Operating Officer, AEG Sports, in a conversation with LA Kings Insider.
“We went through that exercise ad nauseum to try to make that work, because…we were very excited about that possibility. 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, unfortunately. We got pretty far down the line. We looked at all the possibilities, and then we just said for the good of the game and for protecting the ice conditions, we needed to make sure that we held that integrity,” Cheeseman said.
Cheeseman said that the experience will incorporate “innovative ideas that will make the game different than any of the outdoor games that we’ve seen today. It’s definitely going to represent Southern California. It’s not going to be what you would traditionally see in any other market.”
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