Rain poured on Sean Walker and his Bowling Green State University teammates the only time he played in an official outdoor hockey game. Matt Roy's outdoor experience is limited to playing in an empty Michigan Stadium with his midget team a week before the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.
The defensemen for the Los Angeles Kings are hoping for a more memorable experience when they play the Colorado Avalanche in the 2020 Navy Federal Credit Union Stadium Series at U.S. Air Force Academy's Falcon Stadium on Feb. 15 (8 p.m. ET; NBC, SN360, TVAS2).
Roy and Walker were guests on a new episode of the NHL @TheRink podcast to discuss their expectations for the Stadium Series game, the Kings' future and their paths to the NHL.
NHL.com deputy managing editor Brian Compton also joined co-hosts Dan Rosen and Shawn P. Roarke this week to banter about a potpourri of topics ranging from the New York Islanders' plans approaching the 2020 NHL Trade Deadline, the red-hot Tampa Bay Lightning and why the Vancouver Canucks look like they're a real contender in the Western Conference.
Other topics covered in the podcast by Rosen and Roarke include the Toronto Maple Leafs and the impact acquiring goalie Jack Campbell and forward Kyle Clifford in a trade with the Kings will have on them, Dustin Byfuglien's future and what's next for the Winnipeg Jets, Mark Giordano's hamstring injury and how it could leave the Calgary Flames hamstrung, plus more on the upcoming Stadium Series and Alex Ovechkin's chase for 700 goals in the NHL.
The podcast is free and listeners can subscribe on all podcast platforms. It is also available on NHL.com/multimedia/podcasts and the NHL app.
Listen: New episode of NHL @The Rink