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Ice Hockey in October

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Sydney, Australia
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Ice Hockey in October

Hi,

Will be in LA the first week of October, what are the chances of getting to see some professional Ice Hockey? And if so where?

Thanks.

Anaheim, California
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1. Re: Ice Hockey in October

OK, you might get to see a pre-season game. The schedule should be released in a few months. (The season was delayed this year, and just ended). The Los Angeles Kings and the Anaheim Ducks will be playing around the area, not just at Staples Center and Honda Center, but at places like Ontario Arena and the Valley View Casino Center (San Diego). You might also look at the Ontario Reign, a minor league team in the LA area.

Sydney, Australia
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2. Re: Ice Hockey in October

Great!

Thank you.

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3. Re: Ice Hockey in October

One more arena that might be used is Long Beach, alas, until the schedule is released, it is all just an educated guess.

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4. Re: Ice Hockey in October

Chances are schedule will be announced sometime in July - the two local teams are kings.nhl.com and ducks.nhl.com

Muskegon, Michigan
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5. Re: Ice Hockey in October

I thought the Ice Dogs folded a couple of years ago...wonder who will use the Long Beach arena for games...

Yes, the 2013-2014 NHL schedule will not be released likely until July,since the NHL season has just concluded this week with the crowning of the Chicago Blackhawks as Stanley Cup champions (count former L.A King Michal Handzus and former Anaheim Ducks Ray Emery and Sheldon Brookbank as those who had the chance to hoist the Cup a couple of days ago...). October will likely feature preseason games for both Southern California NHL franchises, and as Darkbeer mentions, those games could take place not only in their respective home arenas, but in other locales as far south as San Diego.

Since this upcoming NHL season will be a big season of changes (division realignments as well as the introduction of more NHL outdoor games to the schedule; the Ducks and Kings will face off outdoors in Dodger Stadium on January 25, 2014. I will do my best to be there for that ) , the pre-season and opening week of the season schedule for the league could be pretty interesting for the whole NHL.

I would check on www.nhl.com in the coming month or two, and make your hockey viewing plans for October by then.

Anaheim, California
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6. Re: Ice Hockey in October

Choco, the Ice Dogs folded, but a pre-season game of the Ducks or Kings have happened recently. The facility is good to help promote the local teams.

Another popular pre-season venue is Las Vegas for the local teams.

But the venues are just guesses, as the schedule has not been released.

But as stated, the teams use their preseason to travel a bit to help draw more fans in the region.

Los Angeles...
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7. Re: Ice Hockey in October

My gosh that will be quite a scene at Dodger Stadium...a Hockey Game!

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8. Re: Ice Hockey in October

Heck, there will be a major soccer double header at Dodger Stadium in August. (First soccer game played at the stadium). I hope to be able to do both the Soccer and Hockey game.

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9. Re: Ice Hockey in October

Decided to look at some of the venues, couldn't see anything for the Long Beach Arena, the LA Lakers (basketball) have pre-season games scheduled for the Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario on October 5th and 8th, and the minor league Ontario Reign Hockey team home opener is October 19th. (Also, the PASL Indoor Soccer league will have a team in the arena this year).

Of course, since the NHL hasn't released its schedule yet, you will find games at many SoCal/Nevada venues during the pre-season.

Sydney, Australia
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10. Re: Ice Hockey in October

Thanks for all of that, I will watch the nhl site and keep my fingers crossed!