LOS ANGELES -- The line outside the Blizzard Arena in Los Angeles stretches around the block -- hundreds of people decked out in their favourite team’s colours. 

Today’s game, while it’s just part of the regular season, there is still a lot on the line -- a place in the playoffs and, with it, a piece of the $6.6-million prize pool.

As fans are let in, they rush to their seats before the competition starts.  Minutes later, the lights dim, the music gets louder and the players march in.