Originally written on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 11/18/14

GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 14: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman speaks during a press conference before Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals between the Detroit Red Wings and the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Jobing.com Arena on April 14, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES -- NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman didn't need any elaborate verbiage or a long-worded statement when explaining why hockey in the greater Los Angeles area is viable. The credentials of the two teams, including two Stanley Cups in the last five seasons, speak for themselves. "Hockey in Southern California it works," Bettman said Thursday at Dodger Stadium. Players and coaches from the Kings, the Ducks as well as hockey and Dodgers brass gathered with the media on the field to officially announce next year's game between the two that will take place at the stadium as part of the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series. On the surface, it might seem as though the popularization of the outdoor games like the Winter Classic and the newly-created Stadium Series are based on bringing hockey to its roots of outdoor pickup games in the winter. But as we all know, there is no ice in Los Angeles or Orange County in the winter. You're more likely to be ditching the shoes for a surfboard t...
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