NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman on West Coast Bias


Unfortunately, we didn’t get the audio loaded up in time for last night’s show, as there were several in-stadium challenges with the internet. However, prior to the game between the Kings and Ducks at Dodger Stadium, we were able to speak with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.

Here’s what he shared during our pre-game chat for his quick spot on West Coast Bias radio

On the environment of the game:

“It’s all good. Actually, it’s all great. Look at this atmosphere. Temperature’s right. Dan Craig is very comfortable with the ice. I spoke to a number of players after the practice yesterday and everybody is really excited.”

On his expectations of the game:

“Well sometimes the outdoor games aren’t as rugged because it’s cold. This, in terms of player and fan comfort, may set a new standard for outdoor games.”

On the outdoor games being in iconic buildings and where he goes from here:

“We have six games this year. We’re going to take a deep breath and figure it all out for next year and beyond.”

[NOTE: From what we've been told, the league is planning only two outdoor games next season, including one hosted by the Washington Capitals at Nationals Park - where baseball's Washington Capitals play.]

After the Ducks defeated the Kings, the NHL issued the following official statement from Bettman re: the Dodger Stadium game…

“Hollywood could not have scripted a more magical launch to the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series and this historic weekend for the National Hockey League. On behalf of all who enjoyed every minute of this exceptional evening, I congratulate the Kings and Ducks for writing another remarkable chapter in the history of hockey in California.

“Thanks to Dan Craig and his ice crew, who once again exceeded the loftiest expectations for playing conditions; thanks to the Dodgers and Dodger Stadium for their gracious welcome, and thanks to everyone who contributed to the creation of a spectacular experience for our fans.”

West Coast Bias did air live from Dodger Stadium on NHL Network Radio, where we were joined by Kevin Smith, Colin Hanks, Heidi Androl and more. Click here to listen to the free replay.

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