What’s with the 30-foot crane?

Tonight’s game between the Reign and Bakersfield Condors could become the most visible ECHL hockey game … ever.

Panasonic will be filming the game in high-definition 3D, an operation that requires a 30-foot crane and a crew of about 15 people. The game won’t be broadcast locally on TV, at least not live and in the traditional sense. The footage will be played worldwide in stores where HD 3D Panasonic TVs are sold, and at trade shows, over the next two years.

No need to bring the 3D glasses tonight.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.