Curious as to how long it takes to build an NHL ice rink inside a Major League Baseball park? Just over 90 seconds, according to this film of Yankee Stadium and Dodger Stadium provided by the NHL Network via the Associated Press. Talk about doubling the construction effort!
Actually, it's just time-lapse photography, which is cool enough, though it perhaps could use some Mozart or Bach background music to accompany the visuals. Maybe use both, turn it into something of a Moch soundtrack.
Puck Daddy reported in April that the NHL planned six outdoor games this season, and the first — at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor — is in the books. The so-called "Stadium Series" continues Saturday night with the Anaheim Ducks vs. the L.A. Kings at Chavez Ravine. It's supposed to be in the upper 70s that day in Los Angeles. But ice, it's very resilient. Plus, Wayne Gretzky will be there, so everything will work out.
Yankee Stadium gets its first turn Sunday when the New Jersey Devils face the New York Rangers. Three days later, the Rangers and New York Islanders square off again so no one feels left out. Given how the Rangers played outdoors in Mystery, Alaska that one time, they should be OK.
Soldier Field in Chicago and B.C. Place in Vancouver also are scheduled to get the hockey treatment, but who cares? Those are football venues.
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