Twenty years ago, in Las Vegas... - LA Kings Insider

There’s a game to be played tonight in Anaheim, and then tomorrow morning it’s off to Las Vegas for the “Frozen Fury” game against Colorado tomorrow night. Who was there 20 years ago, when the Kings played in Las Vegas for the first time? It was Sept. 27, 1991, when the Kings and New York Rangers played outdoors, on a temporary rink in a Caesars Palace parking lot. The temperatures were in the mid-80s, the game was put in peril hours before it started, when a tarp fell and damaged the ice, and players had to skate around (and through) a ton of grasshoppers that invaded the ice. And, don’t forget, the “Hrudey Cam.”

The Kings started their annual Las Vegas game in 1997 and have been back every year since, except for the lockout-canceled season of 2004-05. For a look back at that first game, here’s a story and a video…

Kings no stranger to outdoor game

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