As per NHL PR, Wayne Gretzky will be at Dodger Stadium on Monday, Jan. 13, when the rink build formally begins for the Jan. 25 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game between the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks.
Gretzky’s arrival in Los Angeles 25 years ago catalyzed an explosion of hockey in California still being felt today.
The Great One, a former Kings captain, holder or sharer of 61 National Hockey League records and the leading scorer in League history, will be on-site when the NHL’s “ice truck” arrives in Chavez Ravine. The 53-foot trailer has made a cross-country journey from cold and snowy Ann Arbor, Mich., passing through eight U.S. states to arrive in Southern California.
The "ice truck" was responsible for making the ice at the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, the historic game on New Year’s Day in which the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in a shootout with 105,491 fans watching.
The world’s largest mobile refrigeration unit will travel more than 2,200 miles to cross the California border for the first time. The Jan. 25 game in Los Angeles marks a series of firsts: it will be the first outdoor regular-season NHL game played in the U.S. west of the Mississippi River, the southernmost outdoor game in League history and the first-ever outdoor NHL game in California.
In its 51-year history, the venerable Dodger Stadium has hosted eight World Series and close to 4,000 regular-season games, but never a hockey game – marking another first for this Stadium Series event.