January 19th, 2014, 12:23 PM #1
Ducks, Kings to break the ice at Dodger Stadium in NHL Stadium Series (LA Daily News)
The conversation was in October 2011, and NHL chief operating officer John Collins had been bouncing around the idea of whether the Kings were worthy of playing host to a league-sanctioned, regular-season outdoor game.
“What about a Winter Classic at the Rose Bowl, at night?” he asked.
By that point in time, the Jan. 1 Winter Classic had been a window of opportunity for the league to put on four outdoor games in cold-weather cities — Buffalo, Chicago, Boston and Pittsburgh — with another coming up in Philadelphia. The sight of players skating through a snow-globe effect on a day usually held captive by college football TV audience seemed novel.
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