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2014 Coors Light NHL Staidum Series 
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2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series LA - Ducks vs. Kings

Bonino back outside with Ducks in Stadium Series

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

LOS ANGELES -- Four years ago, Nick Bonino played in the NCAA version of the NHL Winter Classic. Bonino helped Boston University pull out a 3-2 win against Boston College at Fenway Park.

It was the first outdoor game between BU and BC, and it was played in a light snowfall and a wind chill that made it feel like 12 degrees.

Now a center for the Anaheim Ducks, Bonino gets to play in another iconic baseball stadium on the other coast in the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series opener at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, against the Los Angeles Kings (9:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS2).

"Being a [Boston Red] Sox fan, you get to play in Fenway Park," Bonino said Friday. "That's a dream come true. And you're on the opposite side of the country playing in one of the biggest cities in the world in an outdoor game. I'm soaking it all in. It was pretty cool to get out there with the guys and get out there with the families. Today was a great memory, as I'm sure tomorrow will be."

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Ducks' Selanne savors Stadium Series experience

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

Teemu Selanne
Right Wing - ANA
GOALS: 7 | ASST: 10 | PTS: 17
SOG: 77 | +/-: 1
LOS ANGELES -- One of the more endearing sites of practice Friday for the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series opener at Dodger Stadium was 43-year-old Teemu Selanne bringing his daughter, Veera, out on the ice.

Selanne also had sons Eemil, Eetu and Leevi on hand for the family skate portion of the practice, and it wasn't really surprising that Teemu was the last off the ice at 8 p.m. PT.

"Obviously, it's so much fun to bring our own families to skate after our practice," said Selanne, still in all his hockey gear while leaning on the visitors dugout. "They're also going to remember this for a long time. They like it. They thought it was really cool and exciting."

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Kings' Mitchell feels lucky to get to play outdoors

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

LOS ANGELES -- Willie Mitchell's knee injury was so mystifying that he didn't know if he'd ever play again, so an event like the one he'll take part in Saturday night at Dodger Stadium couldn't even be called a goal, a dream, or really anything at all for the Los Angeles Kings defenseman.

"I was out 17-18 months and I had no idea, to be honest with you," Mitchell told NHL.com.


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Muzzin: Fun today, all business tomorrow

Jake Muzzin - Special to NHL.com

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin is a veteran of outdoor hockey, except he played on ponds in his hometown of Woodstock, Ontario. Muzzin's first NHL outdoor game will be nothing like what he's used to. The first game in the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series is on Saturday between the Kings and Anaheim Ducks at Dodger Stadium (9:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC). Muzzin will be blogging for NHL.com through the event.

His second blog entry comes after the Kings got a chance to practice at Dodger Stadium on Friday:


LOS ANGELES -- A hockey practice on the ice at Dodger Stadium. Seriously, who would have ever thought they would be doing something like that?
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NHL, Rovio Entertainment to launch 'Hockeybird'

NHL HockeyBird to debut at 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game in L.A. on Saturday, January 25

NHL.com

NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League (NHL®), in partnership with Rovio Entertainment – creators of the international phenomenon Angry Birds – have developed NHL® HockeyBird™, the newest addition to the NHL Mascot line-up. NHL® HockeyBird™ will make its debut during the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium SeriesTM outdoor game between the Los Angeles Kings® and Anaheim Ducks® in Los Angeles on Saturday, Jan. 25.

NHL® HockeyBird™ bids farewell to the Angry Birds flock to pursue his NHL dream. After his top selection in the NHL Mascot Draft, NHL® HockeyBird™, who serves as a symbol of the energy, intensity and joy of the game, will make his NHL debut during the Kings-Ducks outdoor game on Saturday, January 25. A virtual version of NHL® HockeyBird™ will appear on stadium screens in two animated crowd games using voice activated fan engagement technology created by Uplause, Ltd.

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Lovejoy: Game will showcase hockey in SoCal

Ben Lovejoy - Special to NHL.com

Anaheim Ducks defenseman Ben Lovejoy can barely contain his enthusiasm for the upcoming 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game between the Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings (Saturday, 9:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC) at Dodger Stadium. In his first edition of the player blog he is doing for NHL.com for the next three days, Lovejoy talks about the history of Dodger Stadium, the uniqueness of playing hockey in Southern California, the rivalry that will be on display Saturday night for the rest of the hockey world to see and a special skate he has planned during Friday’s family skate after the Ducks practice.

His first blog entry comes after the Ducks' 2-1 victory against the Kings at Honda Center on Thursday:

ANAHEIM -- This is so exciting. This is a game where, when it was announced this summer, everyone in the room circled their calendars. We can't wait to be a part of the first outdoor game in a warm-weather climate. We've all watched them on TV or been a part of them in the past, but they have all been in big-market, northern cities. This will be the crown jewel for hockey in Southern California, and everybody is so excited to be a part of it.

I think the three California teams have made a statement about California hockey all year. I think that all three are locations where players want to play. Guys want to come to Anaheim, guys want to come to L.A., they want to live in San Jose. Guys will play hard because they want to stay there. These are special places to play. The fans are into it. You live in a great part of the world. I think we are going to show the rest of North America that hockey is huge in Southern California, hockey is special here and what better place to showcase the two Southern California teams than in Dodger Stadium.

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Muzzin: Outdoors is fun, but we need to win

Jake Muzzin - Special to NHL.com

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin is a veteran of outdoor hockey, except he played on ponds in his hometown of Woodstock, Ontario. Muzzin's first NHL outdoor game will be nothing like what he's used to. The first game in the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series is on Saturday between the Kings and Anaheim Ducks at Dodger Stadium (9:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC). Muzzin will be blogging for NHL.com through the end of the game Saturday.

His first blog entry comes after the Kings 2-1 loss to the Ducks at Honda Center on Thursday:

ANAHEIM -- I know the outdoor game here is now, but I haven't really thought too much about it because as a team we need to put some wins together. That's been our focus.

The game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday will be fun, but we've got to get a win. We played another tight game Thursday at Honda Center, but couldn't come away with what we needed.

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New ice at Dodger Stadium gets top marks in first test

Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

LOS ANGELES -- Virtually everyone who took the ice at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday was impressed by the quality of the sheet Dan Craig has groomed in the middle of the iconic ballpark's infield.

"I was surprised at how good the ice was because I know the [ice resurfacer] has only been on the ice once and it has been mostly spraying for days," said Luc Robitaille, the president of business operations for the Los Angeles Kings and a Hall of Fame player. "I was shocked how level it was and how good a job Dan had already done because usually the first time you step on the ice it's never really good. It takes a few days, so this is great."

Robitaille spent a couple of hours on the ice, taking part in a short skate with Craig in the late afternoon and then playing in a pair of games of pickup hockey. With 1,431 regular-season games on his NHL resume, Robitaille should be considered a good judge of the quality of the Dodger Stadium surface that will host the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game between the Kings and the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday (9:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC).

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Celebrities take over Dodger Stadium ice

Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

LOS ANGELES -- From the moment the NHL announced Dodger Stadium as one of the sites for the inaugural 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, Luc Robitaille has tried to imagine what would take place.

Robitaille invited 30 or so of his of his friends to Dodger Stadium on Wednesday night to give the ice its first game action, an hour-long shinny session featuring Hollywood celebrities and former NHL players.

"We got a good group of friends together," Robitaille said after the spirited game was over. "I'm glad all these guys got to enjoy it and feel it because it is certainly something that is going to be memorable for a long time.

"I can't wait to see Saturday, it's going to be absolutely amazing with the crowd here. It's going to be something so special. We just have to take a few minutes to enjoy it."

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Ice makers in L.A. face new challenges

Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

LOS ANGELES -- Southern California has thrown a whole new set of variables for Dan Craig and his ice-making crew to figure out. So far, they've met the challenge.

"It doesn't matter what event we go to, we study the weather trends that come through," said Craig, the NHL's Senior Director of Facilities Operations and the man responsible for making an ice surface in the middle of the infield at Dodger Stadium, which will host the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game between the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night. "I think that's one of the things we have been very diligent on. We know how to react to a situation when it does arise."

Instead of dealing with brutal cold, heavy winds and snow, all of which have plagued previous outdoor ice builds by Craig, this rink build has featured obstacles of a very different nature. Instead of wintry conditions, Craig and his crew are figuring out how to deal with the challenges presented by slightly higher-than-expected temperatures and direct sunlight.

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