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Devils choose Brodeur to start outdoor game

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Martin Brodeur will be the starting goalie for the New Jersey Devils against the New York Rangers on Sunday at Yankee Stadium in the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series.

"It really was an easy decision from a right-thing-to-do perspective," Devils coach Peter DeBoer said Saturday. "He's done so much in his career with the Devils and also he's played some excellent hockey for us this year."

The Devils were given an opportunity to experience the elements Saturday afternoon during an hour-long practice at the Stadium. DeBoer guided his team through a controlled scrimmage then a few basic drills before players, coaches and team personnel had a chance to skate with their families.

DeBoer made the announcement about Brodeur at his post-practice press conference.

"The tough part was that Cory [Schneider] was on a little bit of a roll," DeBoer said. "He had been almost unbeatable the last five or six games, so that threw a little bit of a wrench into the thinking, but at the end of the day, this was the right thing to do, and both guys handled it professionally."

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Collins: Demand remains high for NHL outdoor games

Saturday, 01.25.2014 / 1:03 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

LOS ANGELES -- After setting a new standard with six outdoor games this season, the NHL expects to scale back next season while still continuing the outdoor game tradition beyond New Year's Day.

John Collins, the League's chief operating officer, said Friday at Dodger Stadium that the League will "definitely" be holding fewer than six outdoor games next season, but he wouldn't put a number on how many and he wouldn't say where they could be other than Washington, D.C., which has already been announced as the host city for the Winter Classic on Jan. 1, 2015, at a still to be determined venue against a yet unnamed opponent.

"We have ideas," Collins said. "There are the markets that everybody points to that we all know would be great. We already announced Washington. Everybody knows Minnesota would be great. Colorado would be great. If this goes well [in Los Angeles], San Jose would be great."

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Tapped In: Nystrom continues family's hockey legacy

Saturday, 01.25.2014 / 3:00 AM / Tapped In

Kathryn Tappen - NHL.com Contributor

The name on the back of his jersey is very familiar to hockey fans, but Eric Nystrom has paved his own path in the NHL. Son of legendary New York Islanders forward Bob Nystrom, Eric grew up in a hockey world, but never knew if his fate would also offer the opportunity to make a living playing the game he loves. More than 450 games later, the forward for the Nashville Predators is still at it.

Kathryn Tappen: Your dad played his entire career with the New York Islanders and is affectionately known as “Mr. Islander.” He won four consecutive Cups while there. What was it like growing up as the son of a hockey legend?

Eric Nystrom: I grew up learning hockey at a young age. Watching all the old video tapes and seeing the incredible memorabilia around the house is pretty special. I don’t think it will ever happen again where one player plays 900 games with the same team and wins four consecutive Stanley Cups. That’s incredible. To know that my dad accomplished that is pretty amazing.

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Ducks and Kings get their turn to shine outdoors

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

LOS ANGELES -- Jealousy and envy used to be the emotions that Corey Perry and Anze Kopitar experienced when they would turn on an NHL outdoor game. They'd see the spectacle of the event, the volume of media coverage, the grassroots appeal and have thoughts such as, "Good for them, but that'll never be us."

Saturday night at Dodger Stadium it will be them -- minus the snow and frigid temperatures.

The Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings are ready to play the NHL's first warm-weather outdoor game to kick off the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series (9:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS2). The teams practiced at Dodger Stadium on Friday to get a taste of what they will be walking into Saturday night.

For Perry, Kopitar and others like Dustin Brown, Ryan Getzlaf, Teemu Selanne and Jonas Hiller, guys who have been in this market since the NHL's outdoor game explosion started in 2008, getting the chance to play in this game gives them the opportunity to check an item off the bucket list they have for their hockey careers.

Players want to play in these outdoor games. Now the Kings and Ducks get to play in a regular-season game that should make other players around the League jealous.

"It's one of those things you're hoping you're going to be a part of one, but usually you've got better odds playing in the east to participate in one," Kopitar said. "I guess there's a slight hope in your system where you want to play even here, and it's nice that this dream, I guess, comes true."

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Mister Cartoon offers new take on logos

Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

LOS ANGELES – Mister Cartoon, an art icon in the Los Angeles area, is always looking for ways to give back to the community that only nurtured his artistic bent, but also provides inspiration for the art that has earned him international acclaim.

So when presented with an opportunity to work with the NHL and the Los Angeles Kings to help promote the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game at Dodger Stadium between the Kings and the Anaheim Ducks at Dodger Stadium, Mister Cartoon jumped at the chance.

"This is a great project, a combination of different teams," he said. "Being able to draw the Ducks logo, the Kings logo and the Stadium Series logo and bring it together with a little bit of street graffiti edge of something that was born right here in L.A.."

He also knew he could provide even more exposure for the Para Los Ninos Charter Middle School in the deal.

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