Will Ferrell, Jon Hamm Set to Attend NHL Game at Dodger Stadium (Exclusive)
L.A.'s answer to Detroit's Winter Classic is drawing Hollywood fans from Jerry Bruckheimer and Eric Stonestreet to Taylor Lautner, Kevin Smith and Cuba Gooding Jr.
When the Los Angeles Kings face off against the Anaheim Ducks at Dodger Stadium on Jan. 25, it is not just about the glory of ice hockey being played in its natural outdoor environment -- the historic game marks the union of sports and Hollywood.
Will Ferrell and Jon Hamm will be among the slew of A-list stars going to the game at the famous baseball stadium that is normally home to the Los Angeles Dodgers, The Hollywood Reporter can exclusively reveal.
Also attending alongside the Anchorman star and the Mad Men actor are Jason Bateman, Matthew Perry, Jerry Bruckheimer, Cuba Gooding Jr., Hilary Duff, Alyssa Milano, Eric Stonestreet, Taylor Lautner, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Smith, Colin Hanks and sports commentator Erin Andrews.
Ferrell recently interviewed NFL quarterback Peyton Manning as his legendary character Ron Burgundy, while Hamm was spotted in the crowd during the baseball World Series cheering on the St Louis Cardinals.
Taking the title of being the first of the well-received NHL Winter Series games to be played west of the Mississippi and the southern-most NHL outdoor game in history, the matchup has attracted a lot of attention from Hollywood stars and industry A-listers, some of whom took to the ice to hit a puck around in their younger years.
The musical entertainment for the frozen extravaganza has been revealed, with Kiss taking to the stage to rock out for the hockey fans. Gene Simmons and fellow Kiss member Paul Stanley also are behind a new arena football team, LA KISS, to debut at the Honda Center in Anaheim. Meanwhile, American Idol alum and 2007 season winner Jordin Sparks will sing the national anthem.
John Ondrasik, aka Five for Fighting and a longtime Kings fan who has written for the team's website, will perform during the California game, and as the Kings and the Ducks make their way to the rink set up on the baseball field, the USC Trojan Marching Band will provide musical accompaniment.
Unlike football, which is played in four quarters, making room for the highly touted Super Bowl halftime show each year, hockey is divided into three periods and the performers will be spread out accordingly. Kiss will play in the first intermission, and Ondrasik in the second.
"What a perfect combination -- the Hollywood stars, the hockey stars, under the stars. It is the perfect hat trick," NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network executive producer Sam Flood told THR earlier this month.
While the biggest fear of the Super Bowl this year is its cold weather New York City location, the critical concern for the L.A.-based Winter Series game is that the weather will be too warm. With temperatures reaching 80 degrees throughout this winter, it has hardly been the type of hockey weather that players usually bundle up for.
"This is where the game began, on cold, black ice in the middle of the woods, on ponds and lakes, and it brings you back to your youth," Flood said, but the chance of warm weather isn't going to deter fans who are paying top dollar to witness the unique event.
The climate will mark a sharp contrast to the last game in the series, which was played at the frigid Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor between the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Yankee Stadium will host a double-header on Jan. 26 and 27, when the New York Rangers will first face the New Jersey Devils and then the New York Islanders in the Coors Light--sponsored series.
The game is scheduled to face off on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 6:30 p.m. PT at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles and will air live on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) and on CBC and RDS2 in Canada.