The first NHL team to skate at an outdoor rink in L.A. was…the Habs?

I made a map awhile back of all the old, dead rinks of Los Angeles. Now where did I put it? Oh, yeah, here it is. (Use the little + zoomy thing to separate the little red x’s, which represent the different rinks. Click on the little x to get some pictures and other info.)


View Old, Dead Southern California Ice Rinks in a larger map
Anyway, LA Observed has a nice piece on the Tropical Ice Gardens, the outdoor rink in Westwood.

Kings-Ducks at Dodger Stadium won’t be a hockey first for LA – LA Observed

Outdoor hockey, though, used to be routine at one rink in Los Angeles. Even the NHL’s famed Montreal Canadiens played there at least once. In April 1943, Les Canadiens [played] a series of matches to raise money for war efforts. They played at least twice at the Tropical Ice Gardens, an alpine-themed outdoor ice rink that opened in Westwood Village in 1938. Tropical Ice Gardens was the home rink of the UCLA hockey team. The rink, located on the southwest corner of today’s Weyburn and Gayley avenues, operated year-round and seated close to 10,000. It closed in October 1949 after the Veterans Administration deeded the land to UCLA for postwar expansion.