LA Kings still planning an outdoor game vs Anaheim Ducks

LA Kings Ducks NHL outdoor game MayorsManorScouts saying that Luc Robitaille didn’t have the foot speed for the NHL didn’t stop him from scoring 668 goals and earning a spot in the Hockey Hall of Fame. So, even though NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has repeatedly said he doesn’t see a Winter Classic being played on the West Coast, it hasn’t deterred Robitaille from wanting to put the Kings in an another outdoor game.

Of course, they famously took on the Rangers in a makeshift rink at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas – long before taking the game outdoors was the in vogue thing to do.  During the pre-season of September 1991, Robitaille, Wayne Grezky, Tomas Sandstrom and crew suited up to face a New York team led by Tony Amonte and Doug Weight.

More recently – well, three years ago – Robitaille first told MayorsManor of a desire to put on a pre-season outdoor game in conjunction with the Anaheim Ducks. At the time, he was kicking around the thought of playing in a large stadium, like the Rose Bowl or LA Coliseum (where all seats might be priced at $5-10 to guarantee a sellout), or putting it on the beach, similar to a Pro Beach Volleyball event.

Either way, it sounded like something that would generate quite the buzz in a town where hockey isn’t usually the lead sports story of the day.

And even though the lockout has put nearly everything in a giant holding pattern, don’t think for a second that Robitaille has ditched his outdoor vision and moved on to other things.

“We’ve had communications,” he said, when asked for an update on the idea this week. “I think both teams would love to do something moving forward. Considering what’s going on [with the lockout], we’re trying to manage what we’re doing. But, it’s something we’re both open to doing in the future.”

At first glance, one might interpret that to mean the idea has been put high up on the shelve and the two sides will get to it on some rainy day in the future. However, Robitaille was quick to finish the thought before any misguided conclusion might be drawn.

Tim Ryan (Anaheim Ducks COO) and I actually had a conversation about it a couple of months ago.”

Which, in the end, means that like all things related to NHL hockey in Southern California at the moment, no date for the game can be given just yet.

But, hey – at least these two parties are still talking.

Recent Articles

TSN RADIO REPLAY: Hoven on Quick, Carter, Kings Trade Rumors

Follow @mayorNHL
Enjoy a free replay of John Hoven on TSN Radio, where he joined host Kevin Olszewski to look at several trade rumors surrounding the LA Kings — including what the future could for Jonathan Quick, Jeff Carter, Ilya Kovalchuk, Tyler Toffoli, and Jake Muzzin — as well as what GM Rob Blake has in […]

Gabe Vilardi Notebook: Pro Debut Thoughts, And Not Expected in LA Until 2019

Nobody needs to overreact. Gabe Vilardi has now played one professional hockey game.
Even so, ‘encouraging’ would be a vast understatement when describing the importance of seeing a 19-year-old forward make his AHL debut on Thursday.
Originally selected in the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft by Los Angeles, Vilardi has been one of the most […]

UPDATE: Gabe Vilardi Headed to Ontario for Conditioning Assignment

Regardless of the season, there is almost always that one player that everybody asks about on social media and during radio interviews. The one guy who we get inundated with questions about, either regarding why he’s playing so poorly or why he’s not being properly recognized across the league for his outstanding contributions on the […]

Major News Items

LA Kings 2018 Mid-Season Top 10 Prospect Rankings: The Top Two

It all comes down to this. After an extensive journey through the LA Kings current prospect pool, we've finally arrived at the top two players in the rankings - including this year's highly coveted No. 1 spot. … [Read More...]

More Prospect News

Comments

  1. Great article! I would love to see an outdoors game here on the west coast.