Well, it's official. Today rumors of an outdoor game between the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings in 2014 was confirmed.
The game will take place at Dodger Stadium on January 25, 2014, as part of the NHL's Stadium Series. The Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins will be playing on March 1, 2014 in Soldier Field. More games are expected to be confirmed, which are in addition to the annual January 1st Winter Classic.
Normally the outdoor games take place in more traditional wintry venues, so weather will play an interesting factor in this one. One of the ways to counter the possibility of warmer than usual weather is to have the game played at nighttime.
"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," Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "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."
Another chapter between the two teams could be written as soon as the second round of the playoffs. It appears that the Sharks, who are up 3-0 in their series, will like beat Vancouver, leaving the 6th seed to head to round. If Chicago (#1 seed) moves on, as well as the Ducks (#2 seed), that would mean that Chicago would play San Jose in the second round. The Ducks would then get the victor in the series between the Kings (#5 seed) and St. Louis Blues (#4 seed).
These two teams already hate each other and games between them are already lively and spirited both on the ice and between the fans.
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Luc Robitaille, the Kings president of business operations, is excited that his organization was given the chance to participate in such a marquee event.
"This is a credit to our fans and the amazing support they have shown to us and the NHL these past few years," said Luc Robitaille, president of the Kings business operations. "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."
Dodger Stadium has hosted many events, but this is the first time that the stadium will host a hockey game. With a remarkable view of Chavez Ravine overlooking downtown Los Angeles and the San Gabriel mountains, Dodger Stadium has been called one of the treasured cathedrals of baseball with one of the most unique and picturesque settings in sports.
Mark this one on your calender, folks! Now if they can make this a yearly event and rotate it between Dodger Stadium and Angel Stadium.