Gretzky, Robitaille to captain NHL Alumni-Celebrity outdoor game - LA Kings Insider

Kings legends Wayne Gretzky and Luc Robitaille will captain the NHL Alumni-Celebrity teams on Jan. 6 in Bakersfield, a day before the Reign take on the Condors in the Outdoor Classic, the Bakersfield Condors announced on Tuesday.

More names of who will be playing in the game, which will take place at Bakersfield College’s Memorial Stadium, will be named on Dec. 21.

According to the press release, the NHL Alumni-Celebrity game does not have a scheduled time yet. The Reign will play Bakersfield on Jan. 7 at 6 p.m. PT.

A ticket to the Outdoor Classic will also include a ticket to the NHL Alumni-Celebrity game. Click here to purchase tickets.

The Hockey Hall of Famers who in their NHL careers helped popularize the sport in California said the following about the event:

Gretzky: “The success of the (California) NHL clubs has been very positive, but the minor league teams in cities like Bakersfield and Ontario have elevated the sport that much higher and made it even more popular. It’s great to see a city like Bakersfield with people who are excited about watching hockey and have gravitated to these players that one day will play in the National Hockey League.”

Robitaille: “This will bring new fans who may have seen only one or two hockey games, or maybe have never seen a hockey game. They’ll go see it (the Alumni Game and the Outdoor Classic) and it is a lot of fun to be part of it. That’s why we do this. To bring new people and give them an opportunity to enjoy the game that we love.

Here’s a video of Robitaille talking about the game:

And another video the Condors made on the announcement:

Kurtis MacDermid

#56 | 6′ 5″ | 233 lb | Age: 23

Born: March 25, 1994
Birthplace: Sauble Beach, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


MacDermid was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on Sept. 12, 2012.

Michael Amadio

#52 | 6′ 1″ | 204 lb | Age: 21

Born: May 13, 1996
Birthplace: Sault Ste. Marie, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Amadio was selected by the Kings in the third round (90th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Lintuniemi

#10 | 6′ 3″ | 214 lb | Age: 21

Born: DOB: 9/23/1995
Position: D


Lintuniemi played in 27 games for the HIFK U18 team in Helsinki at 15-years-old, as well as seven games with the Finland U16 team. He made his professional hockey debut with the Monarchs in 2015, and has since begun playing for the Reign.

Brett Sutter

#07 | 6′ 0″ | 192 lb | Age: 29

Born: 6/2/1987
Birthplace: CALGARY, AB
Position: C


Drafted in 2005 by the Calgary Flames, Sutter was traded to the Reign in 2016. He is the son of LA Kings head couch Darryl Sutter, and the eighth member of the Sutter family to play in the NHL.