Thursday, January 15, 2009

Hockey Winter Classic in LA?

With the recent conclusion of the 2nd annual Hockey Winter Classic at Wrigley Field a couple of weeks ago rumors are swirling about possible new locations for future events. In today's LA Times, Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Helene Elliott writes about a possible game being held in the Southland.
NHL executives, justifiably proud of the Winter Classic game at Chicago's Wrigley Field on New Year's Day, have been brainstorming about potential sites for future outdoor games. Chief Operating Officer John Collins said the league "might even be able to have a night game out at the Rose Bowl."
How great would that be. Of course, with the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl having a more prominent foothold on New Years Day maybe Dodger Stadium might be a better choice.
(Luc Robitaille's) vision features the Kings playing the Ducks or New York Rangers at the Rose Bowl or Dodger Stadium. The Kings and Dodgers have a business relationship, so why not extend that to include an outdoor game?

"It would be a great thing," Robitaille said.

Josh Rawitch, a Dodgers spokesman, didn't rule it out.

"There have not been any discussions about bringing the NHL to Dodger Stadium," he said via e-mail, "but organizationally, we're known to be pretty open-minded about things."
Get it done!

Outdoor hockey under the lights at Dodger Stadium would be incredible, unbelievable and monumental.

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