Wayne Gretzky welcomes the NHL to Dodger Stadium
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Wayne Gretzky and Luc Robitaille squinted into brilliant sunshine as the 18-wheel truck carrying the NHL's portable refrigeration units pulled up to the outfield entrance to Dodger Stadium.
In less than two weeks, their Los Angeles Kings and the rival Anaheim Ducks will stage the NHL's first warm-weather outdoor game in Chavez Ravine, which was 79 beautiful degrees Monday.
The game is a landmark for Southern California, but it also heralds the return of the league's career scoring leader to hockey prominence. Gretzky has mostly stayed out of the public spotlight for several years.
Gretzky says he is thrilled to see an outdoor game in the city where he played nearly eight NHL seasons. He thinks hockey has established deep roots in the Los Angeles area in the past quarter-century.