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January 17, 2014 | 4:45pm ET
The California Classic?
TheFourthPeriod.com

Ask any NHL player who grew up in Southern California to reminisce about their childhood hockey years and they probably won't include mention of an outdoor rink.

The upcoming Stadium Series game between the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks at Dodgers Stadium will work to challenge those Southern California outdoor hockey conventions by creating an outdoor rink in the middle of sunny Los Angeles -- but how exactly?

First of all, the game will be held at 7 p.m. PST when Los Angeles temperatures have potential to dip down to match typical winter-like conditions.

During assembly, crews will work only after the sun has gone down to ensure optimal ice quality. The ice will be covered during the day with insulated blankets to prevent any melting.

National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman has said he is confident the ice won't melt, as previous outdoor games have faced balmy temperatures in the past.

The game will also feature a beach volleyball court beside the rink, as well as a roller hockey turf beside home plate.

The NHL is holding a total of six outdoor games this season and introducing the new Stadium Series of outdoor games.

In addition to the Kings and Ducks game on January 25, the New York Rangers will play two games at Yankee Stadium against the New Jersey Devils and Islanders on January 26 and January 29, respectively.


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