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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Dodgers want to host NHL’s Winter Classic

Does Los Angeles even have a hockey team?

Does the National Hockey League’s Winter Classic doesn’t even need winter? The new Dodgers owners don’t think so. The new owners of the team hope to host the NHL’s annual outdoor showcase at Dodger Stadium.

“They put a man on the moon,” Dodgers chairman Mark Walter told the Los Angeles Times. “They can make it work.”...

While it would seem that Los Angeles would be an odd choice for outdoor ice, the Kings have done it before. In 1991, the team played an exhibition game outdoors in Las Vegas.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 24, 2012 at 02:53 PM | 23 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: May 24, 2012 at 06:29 PM (#4139610)
With the Kings in the finals, this seems inevitable.
   2. Tripon Posted: May 24, 2012 at 06:34 PM (#4139613)
Pretty damn sure Kansas City doesn't have a hockey team.
   3. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: May 24, 2012 at 06:46 PM (#4139625)
Kansas City?
   4. The Long Arm of Rudy Law Posted: May 24, 2012 at 07:48 PM (#4139660)
The LA area has been looking for a major New Year's Day sporting event.
   5. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 24, 2012 at 07:49 PM (#4139663)
Actually KC does have a hockey team. They just use a ball instead of a puck, their feet instead of sticks, and play on grass instead of ice, and call it "soccer."
   6. OsunaSakata Posted: May 24, 2012 at 07:56 PM (#4139671)
Kansas City has a hockey team. It's in Independence. And it's in the CHL.
   7. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: May 24, 2012 at 08:46 PM (#4139696)
Does the National Hockey League’s Winter Classic doesn’t even need winter?


Um, no?
   8. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 24, 2012 at 09:36 PM (#4139715)
I think the Kings would be the hosts, the Dodgers would just supply the venue.
   9. BWV 1129 Posted: May 24, 2012 at 09:50 PM (#4139722)
Put it in The Big A and make it Kings-Ducks.
   10. Tripon Posted: May 24, 2012 at 09:55 PM (#4139725)
Put it in Staples Centers and call it the very normal game on New Years Day.
   11. Shredder Posted: May 24, 2012 at 10:55 PM (#4139758)
Does Los Angeles even have a hockey team?
Not according to the local media or the NHL.com shop. They're the Sacramento Kings, led by star forward Alex Kopitar and defenseman Brad Doty.
   12. Lassus Posted: May 24, 2012 at 11:57 PM (#4139788)
I don't think I'm being overly judgmental when I say this is a damned stupid idea.
   13. Tripon Posted: May 25, 2012 at 12:00 AM (#4139789)
Lassus just rages against everything.
   14. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: May 25, 2012 at 12:43 AM (#4139803)
The LA area has been looking for a major New Year's Day sporting event.


They could call it the Grandaddy Classic.
   15. Greg K Posted: May 25, 2012 at 03:07 AM (#4139829)
They're the Sacramento Kings

I think you mean Sacramende.
   16. zack Posted: May 25, 2012 at 10:55 AM (#4139941)
The winter classics have had trouble keeping the ice decent even in moderate temperatures. I'm sure you could make an ice rink in LA, but I don't think you could make an NHL game-quality rink outdoors in LA. The game would be a shitshow.

The last press release for the new football stadium (Farmer's Field?) had images of an outdoor rink, so I think if there are at least 2 organizations in LA positioning for this in the future.
   17. Cris E Posted: May 25, 2012 at 12:59 PM (#4140056)
It's clear the the NHL needs to put an outdoor hockey game in Los Angeles before they try it in Minnesota. Coke to Lassus.
   18. Shredder Posted: May 25, 2012 at 02:13 PM (#4140135)
The winter classics have had trouble keeping the ice decent even in moderate temperatures. I'm sure you could make an ice rink in LA, but I don't think you could make an NHL game-quality rink outdoors in LA. The game would be a shitshow.
They did it during September in Vegas when it was 85 degrees outside, and the ice actually held up pretty well. Probably better than the ice at Staples when there are five different events in the same weekend. I don't imagine the technology is any worse now than it was in 1991.

They also have an outdoor skating rink during the winter at Pershing Square. I assume the ice conditions for that are poor, but that probably has more to do with having a million crappy skaters out there at any given time.
   19. zonk Posted: May 25, 2012 at 02:36 PM (#4140156)
They also have an outdoor skating rink during the winter at Pershing Square. I assume the ice conditions for that are poor, but that probably has more to do with having a million crappy skaters out there at any given time.


So as long as they're not playing the Islanders, they'll be fine?
   20. Famous Original Joe C Posted: May 25, 2012 at 02:40 PM (#4140159)
's clear the the NHL needs to put an outdoor hockey game in Los Angeles before they try it in Minnesota. Coke to Lassus.

Agreed, they should get in line.
   21. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: May 25, 2012 at 03:09 PM (#4140188)
It's clear the the NHL needs to put an outdoor hockey game in Los Angeles before they try it in Minnesota.


They're going to award it to Minnesota but then move it to Dallas. Duh.
   22. Cris E Posted: May 25, 2012 at 09:38 PM (#4140534)
too soon. it's only been 20 years.
   23. Tripon Posted: May 30, 2012 at 11:32 PM (#4143815)
The Kings won again on the road, 2-1 OT against the Devils.

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