AHL announces outdoor hockey game in Sacramento

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The NHL won’t play in an outdoor game in California this year. But you can still get your AHL hockey fix on the West Coast.

The league announced it will play an outdoor game at Raley Field (a baseball stadium) in West Sacramento, Calif. The contest will include the Bakersfield Condors and the Stockton Heat. The Condors are the Edmonton Oilers’ newly affiliated AHL team. The Heat are with the Flames. The game will take place on Dec. 18.

In case you were wondering, the average high in Sacramento in December is 54 degrees. The average low is 38 degrees. Perfect weather for hockey, eh?

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The event will just be one part of the “Biggest Show on Snow” which is a six-week “holiday extravaganza” at Raley Field.

This will be the eighth outdoor game in AHL history according to the release. The last one was at Comerica Park in Detroit on Dec. 30, 2013 as part of the Winter Classic.

Also, there will apparently be something called a “Monster Ice Slide” which sounds amazing. This reminds me of the brown snow slide at the Columbus All-Star Game, which we here at Puck Daddy may or may not have tested.

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