A common response from people when they hear about the National Hockey League planning an outdoor game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles is, "Won't the ice melt?"
It won't, promises Dan Craig, the NHL's Senior Director of Facilities Operations. The reason: reflective insulated blankets.
Those blankets and the refrigeration truck parked outside the stadium will be Craig's best friends when he and his crew of 10-plus members build the rink for the 2014 Coors Light Stadium Series game between the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings, set for Jan. 25 at Dodger Stadium (10 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. PT).
"When the sun comes up in the morning we will put reflective insulated blankets on top of the surface," Craig told NHL.com. "When the sun goes down, we remove the blankets and then we will continue to make ice overnight."