The National Hockey League is coming to Dodger Stadium in 2014. The Kings will play the Ducks next winter in a historic regular-season game on the Dodgers' home field, according to a source with knowledge of the league's plans. The NHL is planning to stage four outdoor games next year, including the annual Winter Classic between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings on Jan. 1. The other three games haven't been formally announced as the league hasn't finalized its 2014 schedule. The Kings-Ducks game would be one of two played on "Hockey Day in America." The NHL also is targeting Yankee Stadium as a host site between two New York-area teams. Another outdoor game, the Heritage Classic, would feature two Canadian teams on "Hockey Day in Canada." Dodger Stadium has hosted rock concerts, motorcycle races and a papal mass, but never a hockey game. A regular-season outdoor game, strictly the domain of teams from the Northeast and Canada to this point, would be new to the Kings and Ducks. The Kings did participate in a preseason outdoor game in Las Vegas in September, 1991. Held on a makeshift rink in a parking lot outside Caesar's Palace, with a reported game-time temperature of 85 degrees, the Kings beat the New York Rangers 5-2. The ice was littered with grasshoppers by the second period, but even that couldn't deter a novel concept from taking root. "We had the biggest salesperson the game has ever known in Wayne Gretzky with us.
Dodger Stadium ready to host the sport of Kings ... and Ducks ... in 2014
L.A. Daily News | Apr 9