Frozen Fury


Frozen Fury was an annual pre-season ice hockey game between the Los Angeles Kings and the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League (NHL), held in Las Vegas, Nevada from 1997 to 2016. On three occasions, the Los Angeles Kings faced different teams instead of the Avalanche, once each against the Arizona Coyotes, the San Jose Sharks, and the New York Rangers.[1][2][3] The 15th Frozen Fury was originally supposed to take place on September 29, 2012, but was cancelled due to the NHL lockout.[4] It resumed September 27–28, 2013, with the New York Rangers making their debut in the series.

The first game to be played in Las Vegas was also the first outdoor game in the league's history: 14,000 fans came to a rink set up outside Caesars Palace to see the Kings defeat the New York Rangers 5–2 on September 28, 1991. The air temperature was 85 °F (29 °C) during the game. The game served as a predecessor to both the Frozen Fury series (which was played indoors) and the NHL Winter Classic, the annual regular season game held on New Year's Day that began in 2008.

From 1997 to 2015, these games were played at MGM Grand Garden Arena; in 2016, they were played at T-Mobile Arena.[5] The 2016 games were the end of the tradition, because of the launch of the Vegas Golden Knights in the 2017–18 season.[6]

The games


Frozen Fury I (1997)

September 20 Los Angeles Kings 4–3 OT Colorado Avalanche Recap
Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st COL Josef Marha Brent Severyn, Eric Messier 13:13 1–0 COL
2nd LAK Roman Vopat (PP) Brad Smyth, Rob Blake 2:06 1–1
COL Eric Messier Jari Kurri, Joe Sakic 14:51 2–1 COL
3rd LAK Olli Jokinen (PP) Luc Robitaille, Ray Ferraro 4:12 2–2
LAK Craig Johnson Rob Blake 12:27 3–2 LAK
COL Joe Sakic Peter Forsberg, Claude Lemieux 19:20 3–3
OT LAK Donald MacLean Doug Zmolek, Jan Vopat 2:51 4–3 LAK

Frozen Fury II (1998)

September 19 Los Angeles Kings 3–2 Colorado Avalanche Recap
September 20 Colorado Avalanche 5–4 Los Angeles Kings Recap

Frozen Fury III (1999)

September 11 Los Angeles Kings 4–0 Phoenix Coyotes Recap

Frozen Fury IV (2000)

September 30 Colorado Avalanche 5–4 Los Angeles Kings Recap

Frozen Fury V (2001)

September 22 Los Angeles Kings 4–3 San Jose Sharks Recap

Frozen Fury VI (2002)

October 5 Los Angeles Kings 6–5 Colorado Avalanche Recap

Frozen Fury VII (2003)

September 23 Los Angeles Kings 3–1 Colorado Avalanche Recap

Frozen Fury VIII (2005)

September 24 Colorado Avalanche 2–1 OT Los Angeles Kings Recap

Frozen Fury IX (2006)

September 23 Los Angeles Kings 3–2 Colorado Avalanche Recap

Frozen Fury X (2007)

September 22 Los Angeles Kings 3–2 SO Colorado Avalanche Recap

Frozen Fury XI (2008)

September 27 Colorado Avalanche 4–3 SO Los Angeles Kings Recap

Frozen Fury XII (2009)

September 26 Los Angeles Kings 5–3 Colorado Avalanche Recap

Frozen Fury XIII (2010)

October 2 Los Angeles Kings 3–2 Colorado Avalanche Recap

Frozen Fury XIV (2011)

October 1 Colorado Avalanche 4–1 Los Angeles Kings Recap

Frozen Fury XV (2013)

September 27 Los Angeles Kings 4–1 New York Rangers Recap
Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st LAK Anze Kopitar Drew Doughty, Justin Williams 0:15 1–0 LAK
LAK Jeff Carter (PP) Mike Richards, Matt Frattin 11:39 2–0 LAK
NYR J. T. Miller Anton Stralman, Oscar Lindberg 14:06 2–1 LAK
LAK Mike Richards (PP) Unassisted 17:27 3–1 LAK
2nd LAK Trevor Lewis Jarret Stoll, Robyn Regehr 16:15 4–1 LAK
3rd No scoring this period
September 28 Colorado Avalanche 3–2 Los Angeles Kings Recap
Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st LAK Mike Richards (PP) Unassisted 16:38 1–0 LAK
2nd LAK Mike Richards 2 (PP) Matt Frattin, Jarret Stoll 0:14 2–0 LAK
COL Ryan O'Reilly Steve Downie, Matt Duchene 8:11 2–1 LAK
COL Gabe Landeskog Alex Tanguay, Andre Benoit 12:58 2–2
COL Gabe Landeskog 2 (PP) Andre Benoit, Paul Stastny 16:06 3–2 COL
3rd No scoring this period

Frozen Fury XVI (2014)

October 4 Colorado Avalanche 3–2 SO Los Angeles Kings Recap

Frozen Fury XVII (2015)

October 3[7] Los Angeles Kings 4–0 Colorado Avalanche Recap  
None Scoring stats Dustin Brown, Kyle Clifford
Trevor Lewis
Marian Gaborik
Reto Berra (28 saves) Goalie stats Jonathan Quick (14 saves)

Frozen Fury XVIII (2016)

October 7 [8] Dallas Stars 6–3 Los Angeles Kings Recap
October 8 [9] Colorado Avalanche 2–1 OT Los Angeles Kings Recap

Records


TeamGamesWinsLossesWin %
Los Angeles Kings21129.571
Colorado Avalanche1679.438
Arizona Coyotes101.000
New York Rangers
San Jose Sharks

References