Outdoor hockey and Los Angeles seem to work together like oil and water, dogs and cats, or Canadiens and Bruins. But don’t tell that to the newly installed Dodger brass who are touting their ballpark as a future site of the Winter Classic.
The new ownership group led by former Lakers point guard Magic Johnson is seeking to break away from the poor stewardship of Frank and Jamie McCourt, and improve the Dodgers image and relationship with the rest of Los Angeles.
ProHockeyTalk’s Jason Brough poked a couple of holes in a story that the LA Times initially ran with quoting LA Dodgers President Stan Kasten and Chairman Mark Walter announcing the club’s intention to explore the possibility with the NHL.
Challenges exist, but the new ownership group in LA is looking to make a splash and capitalize on the very popular New Year’s Day tradition. With the Dodgers off to a great start, the Kings in the Stanley Cup Finals and LA the center of the pop culture and entertainment in these United States, idle speculation can quickly lead to a trial balloon and then feasibility studies and then Doc Emrick is talking about palm trees visible beyond the centerfield wall after an offsides in the middle of the second period.
Below the fold, we’ll discuss the difficulties that will need to be overcome to land the Winter Classic in LA, and why it is in everyone’s interest that those hurdles get cleared.