ANAHEIM – Ben Lovejoy ’06 became the first former Dartmouth men’s hockey player to participate in a National Hockey League (NHL) outdoor game Saturday as his Anaheim Ducks defeated the Los Angeles Kings, 3-0, at Dodger Stadium.
Lovejoy finished the contest a +1 with two shots on goal and two blocked shots in 17:39 of ice time in front of a crowd of 54,099. The game was the first outdoor regular-season game held west of the Mississippi and in a warm-weather city for the NHL.
In the days prior to — as well as right after the conclusion of — the Ducks’ victory, Lovejoy blogged about his experiences for NHL.com. In his postings, he talks about the game showcasing hockey in Southern California, the practice and family skate with his wife and newborn daughter the night before and the game-day experiences seen from a player’s perspective at ice level.
This is not the first outdoor game Lovejoy has been associated with. As a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2011, Lovejoy was part of the team that hosted the Winter Classic at Heinz Field against the Washington Capitals. However, Lovejoy was scratched that game, making Saturday night’s contest in Dodger Stadium all the more special.
Lovejoy’s former teammate and Dartmouth Tanner Glass ’07 is also in line to play in the Stadium Series this year as his Pittsburgh Penguins are set to take on the Chicago Blackhawks at Soldier Field on March 1.
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