Dodgers Organist Dieter Ruehle Playing For Team USA Hockey At 2022 Winter Olympics

The 2022 Winter Olympics are underway in Beijing, China, which will see nearly 3,000 athletes around the world compete in 109 events over the next two weeks.

One of the most popular sports in the Winter Olympic Games is ice hockey. Twelve countries will participate in this year’s men’s tournament and 10 make up the women’s competition.

The USA women’s hockey team begins its quest to the gold on Saturday against the Russian Olympic Committee, while the men’s team opens play against China on Thursday, Feb. 10.

Los Angeles Dodgers organist Dieter Ruehle is in Beijing for his sixth Olympics appearance and will be playing for both teams.

Ruehle has been the Dodgers full-time organist since 2016, replacing Nancy Bea after 27 seasons. He also has filled the same role for the NHL’s L.A. Kings since 1989, outside of a six-year hiatus from 1992-98.

In addition to the Dodgers and Kings, Ruehle will be the organist for the Long Beach State baseball team this season. He previously played the organ for the L.A. Lakers from 2001-16, San Jose Sharks (1992-97) and Phoenix Coyotes (1997-98).

Ruehle trolled Astros in return to Dodger Stadium

When the Astros visited Dodger Stadium for a two-game series against the Dodgers during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, it marked their first return since MLB found them guilty of electronically stealing signs.

Ruehle and DJ Severe welcomed the Astros back with a slew of songs that were related to the organization’s sign stealing scandal.

This wasn’t the first instance of DJ Severe and Ruehle using their creativity, as they combined for similar treatment when Madison Bumgarner made his first start at Dodger Stadium after a run-in with Max Muncy.

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