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.