As hard as Los Angeles Kings center Mike Richards tries to visualize what the scene will look like at Dodger Stadium on Jan. 25 for the first installment of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, he realizes there's simply nothing he's ever been a part of that would even compare.
Seriously, how can a guy who grew up in Kenora, Ontario, where a typical January consists of single-digit (Fahrenheit) temperatures and snow on more than half the days, visualize what an outdoor hockey game will be like under a Southern California sky, amid swaying palm trees and attended by people wearing board shorts and Reefs?
"This is almost going to be like playing hockey outside in the summertime in Kenora because that's almost what the temperature would be," Richards told NHL.com. "Maybe a little bit cooler. It'll be unique."
Richards got the NHL's outdoor experience on Jan. 1, 2010, as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers when they visited the Boston Bruins in the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic ...