Top 5

Jim Fox

Former NHL forward turned broadcaster Jim Fox has been around the world in pursuit of the best wine. Here are his Top 5 wine destinations:

  1. Wine Tour on bike on the outskirts of Beaune, Burgundy, France

  2. Barrel tasting at Roberto Voerzio Winery, La Morra, Barolo, Piedmonte, Italy

  3. Tasting Class and barrel tasting at Chateau Lynch Bages, Pauillac, Bordeaux, France)

  4. Dinner and tasting at Savier Vineyards, just southeast of Calistoga, California, at sunset looking back over Napa Valley

  5. Anywhere in Tuscany, Italy followed by a glass of wine in the Piazza del Campo, Siena, Tuscany, Italy
NHL Confidential

Willie MitchellFlorida Panthers defenseman Willie Mitchell, formerly of the Vancouver Canucks, recommends Hawksworth restaurant in downtown Vancouver, located inside the Rosewood Hotel Georgia. "Kind of a west coast with a little bit of a French twist to it – a lot of depth to it," he says. "A lot of meat and a little bit of texture. … The scallops are outstanding – anything for that matter."


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

2. and Both essential player search engines; the former has more stats, while the latter has more players.

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

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

5. 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”.


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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