Outdoor hockey is returning to California for a second straight season, the NHL announced Wednesday.
The San Jose Sharks will be the home team against the Los Angeles Kings at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara on Feb. 21, 2015 at 7 p.m. PT (10 p.m. ET) as part of the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series. The game will be broadcast by NBCSN and Hockey Night in Canada.
No two teams in the NHL have played against each other more than the Sharks and Kings since the start of the 2010-11 season. They have played 41 games, including the Stanley Cup playoffs, in the past three seasons, highlighted by seven-game series in each of the past two postseasons.
The Kings rallied from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Sharks in the Western Conference first round last season. Los Angeles went on to win the Stanley Cup for the second time in three seasons.
The Sharks will be competing in their first outdoor game. They will become the 19th team in NHL history to play in a regular-season outdoor game.
The Kings will be playing in their second outdoor game. They lost 3-0 to the Anaheim Ducks in front of 54,099 fans at Dodger Stadium on Jan. 25.
---Defenseman Aaron Ekblad, taken by the Florida Panthers with the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, suffered a concussion in Canada's world junior exhibition game against the Czech Republic and will miss the rest of summer development camp.
Hockey Canada said Ekblad is expected to make a "full recovery" and be ready for the Panthers' training camp in September.
The 18-year-old Ekblad was hit hard during Tuesday night's 6-2 win over the Czech Republic and left the game.
---Four Olympic medalists, including two players and two coaches, headline this year's inductees into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.
The honorees, announced by USA Hockey, include Brian Rafalski, a two-time Olympic silver medalist and three-time Stanley Cup champion.
Rafalski is joined by Karyn Bye Dietz, who served as alternate captain for the gold medal-winning U.S. women's team at the 1998 Nagano Games; Jeff Sauer, college coaching legend and coach of the gold medal-winning 2014 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey team; and Lou Vairo, who was an assistant coach for the silver medal-winning U.S. team at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.
---The Ottawa Senators signed forward Vincent Dunn to a three-year entry-level contract.
A native of Gatineau, Quebec, Dunn, 18, played with his hometown Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League last season, scoring 31 goals and adding 20 assists and 156 penalty minutes.