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Last year around this time, MayorsManor broke the story that Frozen Fury would be a two-game affair in the fall of 2013, as the Kings were preparing to host the New York Rangers and Colorado Avalanche (our exclusive photos from both games can be seen here and here).
Today, we’re back with official / confirmed details on the 2014 game – plus a slew of other pre-season nuggets.
Frozen Fury XVI will take place on Saturday, October 4th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Once again, the Kings opponent will be the Colorado Avalanche. The two teams have played nearly every year, sans a few games vs. the San Jose Sharks and Phoenix Coyotes. There was also the year LA was scheduled to play the Ducks, but that game was cancelled due to the 2004 lockout.
One interesting, and little known, fact about the new three-year contract announced last September between the Kings and MGM (running through 2016) is that the Colorado Avalanche are not part of the agreement. Thus, if Kings management was interested in choosing a different opponent in 2015 or 2016, they do have that option.
As usual, season ticket holders will get first crack at the 2014 Frozen Fury tickets and have access to special room rates through the MGM Grand. Look for that information to be release early next week.
The Las Vegas game will be the final game on the Kings 2014 per-season schedule.
This year’s handful of tune-up games will not see the Kings traveling to AEG-owned buildings in Ontario or Kansas City.
However, they will be the visiting team at a very special game played a few days before Frozen Fury. Details will likely be announced next week. But, we’ll give you one little hint – it’s a venue they’ve never visited before. [UPDATE: Story here, with full details.]
One other bit of news to pass along as well – from what we’re hearing, HockeyFest will be moved back to TSC this year. It will continue to be a one-day event and take place in early September. Again, expect an official announcement from the team sometime in the next few weeks.
Now, about those home playoff dates…
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