Hockey fans around southern California will have a chance to watch their favorite NHL stars next year play in possible 80 degree temperatures when the Los Angeles Kings play host to the Anaheim Ducks at Dodger Stadium on Jan. 25, 2014.
The NHL plans to play a number of regular-season games in outdoor stadiums next season. The league already announced that the Chicago Blackhawks and the Pittsburgh Penguins will play at Soldier Field on March 1, 2014.
“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, via NHL.com. “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.”
This is the first time Dodgers stadium has hosted a hockey game.
“Dodger Stadium has been home to many unique and special moments over the past 51 years,” Los Angeles Dodgers president Stan Kasten said. “We’ll add another first in 2014 when the Dodger Stadium infield turns to ice as we host our first NHL game between the Kings and the Ducks.”
The Kings played in the NHL’s first outdoor game, an exhibition matchup against the New York Rangers in the parking lot of Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on Sept. 27, 1991. It was 85-degree weather when the two teams played.
“This is a credit to our fans and the amazing support they have shown to us and the NHL these past few years,” Kings president of business operations Luc Robitaille said. “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.”