Skip to main content

NHL Stadium Series: Yankee Stadium, Dodgers Stadium Undergo Transformations

The NHL Stadium Series begins this weekend.

The Los Angeles Kings play the Anaheim Ducks at Dodger Stadium on January 25, 2014.

As should be expected, this outdoor game will be unlike any of the NHL's previous recent efforts. It's California after all, so there's little chance of winter. In fact the weathermen are calling for mostly sunny skies and 24 degrees Celsius.

There's that and also the beach volleyball court beside the hockey rink. Oh yeah, and KISS is going to rock the stadium, too.

Here's a look at what Dodger Stadium is looking like:

The NHL's "Iceman" Dan Craig gives us low down on how they are dealing with warm weather

“The other night we worked until 6:15 in the morning, last night was until just after four, and we’ll be here until just after four again this morning. We want to make sure that everything is done absolutely right. Once we get a good base, everything will do well.

He noted that during the week the NHL covers the rink with a giant Mylar blanket which reflects the heat and insulates the ice at 22 degrees.

While this is the first outdoor NHL regular season game in such climates, the NHL did experiment along these lines once before. In fact, the NHL’s first-ever foray outdoors was an exhibition game betwen the Kings and the New York Rangers in the parking lot of Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on Sept. 27, 1991. Played in 85-degree weather, more than 13,000 fans packed the stands (and battled an insect infestation) to see the Kings defeat the Rangers, 5-2.   

Speaking of the Rangers, they will play two outdoor games in the coming days, both at Yankee Stadium. They play the New Jersey Devils on Sunday, January 26th and then play the New York Islanders on January 29th. 

Here's a sneak peak at the transformation of Yankee Stadium

The Stadium Series will conclude after the Olympic break as the Pittsburgh Penguins travel to Chicago to play the Blackhawks at Soldier Field on March 1st. 

On March 2nd the Canadian equivalent of the Stadium Series - the Heritage Classic - will see the Ottawa Senators travel to Vancouver to play the Canucks at BC Place - a retractable roof stadium. Here's hoping Vancouver's infamous rain stays away so they can open the lid on March 2nd.


Popular posts from this blog

100 Greatest Hockey Players Of All Time

What follows is a listing of the 100 greatest hockey players of all time, in my opinion. As discussed earlier, the definition of greatness is a very personalized endeavor and there is absolutely nothing wrong with it.
While there is no way of ever truly ranking the top 100 definitively, it is important for the creators of such lists to be open and transparent of how the came to their conclusions. That accountability allows the reader to better understand the process. 

Although admittedly I'm using a completely unscientific formula, I weigh career achievements (era statistics, awards, championships) and legacy (impact on and off ice, peak dominance) equally high. I rank player ability as the third most important ingredient, as first and foremost as a tie breaker. Hence, I'm not necessarily looking for the better player, as in text book definitions of what a hockey player should be, but for players with the greatest careers and greatest legacies. Therefore the best player is not n…

Top Ten Junior Players Of All Time

Let's take a look at the Top Ten junior players of all time. For the purposes of this list we will at players in the WHL, OHL and QMJHL only.

10. Pat Lafontaine, Verdun, QMJHL Rookie-record 104 goals, 234 points in 1982-83; major junior player of the year.

9. Denis Potvin, Ottawa, OHL 254 games, 95 goals, 234 assists, 329 points. Broke Bobby Orr's junior records.

8. John Tavares, Oshawa, OHL 215 goals, 433 points in 247 games; most goals in OHL history; eligibility rules changed to admit him at 15; 2006 major junior rookie of the year, 2007 major junior player of the year; two world juniors, named 2009 all-star, top forward and MVP.

7. Sidney Crosby, Rimouski, QMJHL 120 goals, 303 points in 121 games; two-time major junior player of the year; silver and gold with Canada at two world juniors.

6. Eric Lindros, Oshawa, OHL 97 goals, 216 points in 95 games; one Memorial Cup victory; three world junior tournaments; major junior player of the year in 1991.

5. Mike Bossy, Laval, Q…

Greatest Hockey Legends: M