This winter, the outdoor hockey returns to California by way of the AHL with the 2015 Golden State Hockey Rush. The event was announced Wednesday.
RS Ice Sports & Entertainment and Entercom Communications Sacramento are teaming up to put on the "Biggest Show on Snow" at Raley Field over the holidays — including a regular season game between the Stockton Heat and Bakersfield Condors.
To NHL fans, it might be like watching an outdoor match between the Flames and Oilers given these minor league clubs wear the same jerseys.
It's not clear whether the Heat and Condors will have specialty jerseys for this game though these outdoor AHL games often do.
This will be the eighth outdoor game in AHL history. Here's a list of them all from the league's press release:
AHL Outdoor Game History
Feb. 20, 2010 – Syracuse vs. Binghamton
New York State Fairgrounds (Syracuse, N.Y.)
Feb. 19, 2011 – Connecticut vs. Providence
Rentschler Field (East Hartford, Conn.)
Jan. 6, 2012 – Adirondack vs. Hershey
Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Jan. 21, 2012 – Hamilton vs. Toronto
Ivor Wynne Stadium (Hamilton, Ont.)
Jan. 20, 2013 – Hershey vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Hersheypark Stadium (Hershey, Pa.)
Dec. 13, 2013 – Rochester vs. Lake Erie
Frontier Field (Rochester, N.Y.)
Dec. 30, 2013 – Grand Rapids vs. Toronto
Comerica Park (Detroit, Mich.)
Dec. 18, 2015 - Stockton vs. Bakersfield
Raley Field (West Sacramento, Calif.)
When we hear word of any possible jersey designs for the game, I'll let you know.