The next game played at Dodger Stadium won’t involve the Los Angeles Dodgers and it won’t even involve baseball.
For the first time in history, a National Hockey League game will be played at Dodger Stadium on January 25 as part of the NHL Stadium Series. Dodger Stadium will play host to the first outdoor hockey game on the West Coast for a matchup between two Southern California teams, the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks.
According to Helene Elliot of the LA Times, a certain Dodger legend will be on hand and lend his talents for the event:
On the theory that one great icon deserves another, plans call for Hall of Fame Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully to be involved.
What Scully will be doing is still unknown, but Elliot suggests a hockey-themed take on one of Scully’s most memorable lines, “It’s time for NHL hockey.” The Hall of Fame broadcaster will be in attendance along with Wayne Gretzky, who will be honored before the game for his time with the Kings.
Scully has been busy this off-season with appearances after serving as Grand Marshal in the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day. The 86-year-old was seen making the rounds and being on the other side of interviews before and after the parade. He even took the time to mention his excitement for the upcoming Dodger season and how close they were to the World Series last season. Scully will be entering his 65th year with the Dodgers and many believe it could be his last season.
For Dodger Stadium, the game will become the first hockey matchup at a ballpark that has hosted World Series, Summer Olympics, the Harlem Globetrotters, concerts, ski jumping and boxing. The Dodgers don’t return to their stadium until the end of March for exhibition games with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and open the regular season on April 4 against the rival San Francisco Giants.
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