Top 5

Jonas Hiller

Anaheim Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller was born in Switzerland and is fluent in German, French and English. Here are his Top 5 cities in Europe:


  1. Bern, Switzerland

  2. Prague, Czech Republic

  3. Paris, France

  4. Barcelona, Spain

  5. Rome, Italy

NHL Confidential

Mike RichardsLake of the Woods, known more as a remote wildlife habitat straddling Minnesota and Canada, is also a summer favorite of Los Angeles Kings center Mike Richards. The former Flyers captain has become an avid wakeboarder/wakesurfer at the lake when he's not on the ice. "It’s starting to" catch on, Richards said. "It’s relaxing to get out there with all your friends and spend a day on the lake."

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Daily NHL clicks

1. Ice Chips (TSN): The nuts and bolts of NHL news: Roster information, injury reports and game notes.

2. Puck Daddy (Yahoo!): Comprehensive hockey blog edited by Greg Wyshynski; gets more clicks than Bobby Orr’s knees.

3. Red Light Posts (SI): There’s no shallow end in Stu Hackel’s pool (and no bad music, either).

4. Slap shots (NYT): The Times offers grades, Q&As, and other Gotham-centric takes on hockey.

5. Cross Checks Blog (ESPN): Daily Debates, rants, and often even-tempered musings from ESPN.

National/international flavor

1. 30 Thoughts: Elliotte Friedman’s thought-provoking quick hits for CBC.

2. The Sheet: Jeff Marek’s similarly thought-provoking observations for Sportsnet.

3. Larry Brooks: The New York Post’s hockey columnist is famous for getting the best of John Tortorella – and everyone.

4. Fischler Report: Stan Fischler has authored or co-authored more than 90 books on hockey over seven decades.

5. Helene Elliott: Los Angeles Times columnist and the first female journalist inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame

Reference section

1. CapGeek.com: Detailed, updated and reliable information on current players’ contracts. Buy out Roberto Luongo!

2. Hockey-reference.com and hockeydb.com: Both essential player search engines; the former has more stats, while the latter has more players.

3. Hockeyfights.com: Fight videos, fighters’ records, penalty minute leaders and more.

4. NHLPA.com: Directory of certified agents, and a .pdf of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, among other content.

5. ShrpSports.com standings: Search NHL standings by date, at any point in any season.

Guilty pleasures

1. Hockey’s Future: Because ranking prospects isn’t serious business.

2. Backhand Shelf (The Score): Justin Bourne edits this light-hearted take on the game.

3. Icethetics: Logos, uniforms, miscellaneous aesthetic-related hockey topics.

4. Sports Club Stats: Each team’s chances of making the playoffs.

5. The Fourth Period: “Hockey’s Lifestyle Magazine”.

Overtime

1. Hockey Primetime: Articles, analysis and archived podcasts.

2. View From My Seats: Kindred spirit Matt Reitz is a hockey nut from California.

3. Hockey Analysis: Hockey’s “Moneyball” frontier and a haven for stat geeks.

4. Red Line Report: Kyle Woodlief, a former scout, is the Mel Kyper of hockey.

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