News

Kings, Sharks to play outdoor game in California in 2015

Kings, Sharks to play outdoor game in California in 2015

OUTDOOR GAME: Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar (11) controls the puck against San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) during the third period in game seven of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at SAP Center at San Jose on April 30. Photo: Reuters

(Reuters) – Outdoor hockey is returning to California for a second straight season as the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings will play the San Jose Sharks at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, the NHL said on Wednesday.

The Sharks will be the home team for the Feb. 21 game at the new home of the National Football League’s San Francisco 49ers and site of the Super Bowl in 2016.

“The growing excitement around NHL hockey in California, the intensity of last season’s playoff series between these teams and the state-of-the-art setting at Levi’s Stadium will bring a thrilling new dimension to the Kings-Sharks rivalry,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement.

Including playoffs, the Sharks and Kings have met 41 times since the start of the 2010-11 season, the most of any two NHL clubs in that span. Most recently the Kings rallied from a 3-0 series deficit to beat the Sharks in Game Seven of the first round of the 2014 playoffs.

The Sharks will be competing in their first outdoor game while the Kings will be playing their second, having lost 3-0 to the Anaheim Ducks at Dodger Stadium in late January.

The temperature at the start of last season’s game at Dodger Stadium was 63 degrees Fahrenheit (17 Celsius), making it the warmest NHL regular-season game played, according to the NHL.

(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Steve Keating)

Recent Headlines

5 hours ago in National

‘Flags in’ for Memorial Day weekend

flags16146721748085

The tradition marks the beginning of Memorial Day weekend activities around the nation.

8 hours ago in National

Trump wins the Republican nomination for president

trumpAP

Billionaire businessman Donald Trump has reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination for president.

10 hours ago in National

TSA chief: Help is on the way to address long airport lines

15-overlay-14

The head of the Transportation Security Administration said the beleaguered agency will add 768 new screeners by mid-June to deal with increasingly long airport security lines that have caused passengers to miss flights even before the busy summer travel season.

11 hours ago in Lifestyle

Public pools are gross, but you’ll go swimming anyway

16-overlay-10

A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says almost 80 percent of public pools fail routine health inspections.

11 hours ago in National

Hundreds protest for $15 minimum wage at McDonald’s headquarters

19-overlay-8

Hundreds of protesters marched through pouring rain to call for higher wages and union rights at McDonald's Corp on Wednesday, leading the hamburger chain to shut down its headquarters a day before its annual meeting.