The classic image of hockey is a group of guys on a frozen pond in the middle of winter.
This New Year’s Day at Wrigley Field the Chicago Blackhawks
and the reigning Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings
return hockey to that original state in the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.
For some Los Angeles Kings, playing in that game would be a dream come true.
Kings defenseman Kyle Quincey will be in front of the television Thursday morning to watch his old teammates battle in the Windy City, a game in which, four months ago as a member of the Red Wings, he might have had a chance to participate.
“It’s where hockey was born, outside,” said Quincey. “it is how the game is supposed to be played. It’s just normal [for the conditions] to be snowy and rugged. That is how we used to play, so it would be nice to go back there one day and play outside at a high level like this.”
For right wing Kyle Calder, the game will be about watching the city he once called home for six seasons come alive in support for the Hawks.
“There are going to be a lot of people there,” said Calder. “I think the city is going to get super excited about it, it is going to be an amazing thing. I keep in touch with a few guys and they are sure excited. It is a good opportunity for them to get some national exposure.”
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