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

James NealTravis Mathew Apparel specializes in casual menswear for on and off the golf course. It’s a favorite of Wayne Gretzky as well as current NHL stars James Neal, Dustin Penner, Scottie Upshall and Ryan Getzlaf. “That laid-back, SoCal athletic vibe resonates with a lot of guys who want to look good during an off-day on the golf course,” said Leif Sunderland, the marketing director for the Seal Beach, Calif.-based retailer. travismathew.com.

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Posts Tagged ‘Los Angeles’

All hail the Kings of Los Angeles.

Penner Doughty

A trend is building in the NHL and it’s a good one. Long-suffering franchises will either win their first title or their first in many decades. It started with the Blackhawks in 2010, continued with the Bruins in 2011 and now, the Kings have finally hoisted the Stanley Cup after 45 years of mostly ineptitude.

Not every hockey season in Los Angeles was a bad one – the Kings reached the Stanley Cup Finals in 1993 and have made the playoffs quite a few times – but many ended at the bottom of the Western Conference. Or in bankruptcy.

That’s what made Monday’s victory so heartwarming. Read the rest of this entry »

Kings’ rapid rise needs time to make sense.

Photo by Jon SooHoo

When NHL commissioner Gary Bettman handed a heavy favorite to the heavy favorites of these playoffs — the Stanley Cup changing hands to the Los Angeles Kings — all I could wonder is, what just happened?

It took a mere 20 games to crown the Kings champions. Aren’t the playoffs supposed to take longer? Aren’t number-eight seeds supposed to be done in the first round? Aren’t teams from Los Angeles only supposed to win championships in basketball and baseball and college football? Aren’t the fans supposed to riot in the streets afterward? Isn’t Terry Murray the head coach? Isn’t Jack Johnson on the roster? Aren’t championship hockey teams supposed to employ the dominant superstars of their day — a Crosby, a Gretzky, an Orr, a Richard (Rocket) or Richard (Pocket Rocket)?

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Why no one is watching the Stanley Cup final.

Martin Brodeur

Martin Brodeur has the most star power of anyone in the 2012 Stanley Cup Final. Photo by Dan Hickling

It pains me to admit this, but I know exactly why Stanley Cup Finals ratings are tanking this year.

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Scenes from a bandwagon.

Los Angeles Kings fans

A woman checked in to a gym in Glendale, California, about 10 miles north of Staples Center, on a recent morning. “The Kings are in the playoffs for first time since 1993,” she told the clerk at the front desk. “Can you believe it?”

Mercifully, the clerk let the error go uncorrected. “I know,” he said. “I was 3 then.”

I’m sitting on at least a dozen good anecdotes from the Kings’ bandwagon, but that one is my favorite. There was a naive charm to their exchange. On one hand, Los Angeles has one of the biggest and fastest teams in the NHL, one that subdues opponents with an aggressive forecheck, superior goaltending and timely scoring. On the other hand, the team has inspired an affection that’s rather cute and innocent, sort of like Mickey Mouse, en route to the Stanley Cup final.

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Why the Kings will win in Six.

Since the NHL lockout in 2004-05, several unlikely foes have faced off in the Stanley Cup Finals. But all of those prior match-ups pale in comparison to this year’s duo, which pits the sixth-seeded New Jersey Devils (48-28-6) from the Eastern Conference against the eighth-seeded Los Angeles Kings (40-27-15) from the West.

When either team is crowned champion, that squad will be the lowest-ranked ever to hoist the Stanley Cup, surpassing the 1995 Devils, who entered the postseason seeded fifth before sweeping Detroit to capture the franchise’s first Stanley Cup.

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The Final matchup is set. Who will hoist the Cup?

The moment hockey fans have been waiting for all season has finally arrived: Two talented teams — lower seeds, at that — will face off for the Stanley Cup. And both still haven’t quite earned the respect they deserve.

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Recent history repeats itself in Conference Finals

stanley cup playoffs

Looking at the matchups in the NHL conference finals, I felt like I had traveled back to the mid-1990s.

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Bruins fans get nasty, and thoughts on the second round

Joel Ward racist tweets

The “N” word is a very powerful word. It creates a lot of hurt and brings our society down as a whole every time it is used.

I thought perhaps that our society passed the point of using this type of offensive language. Guess I was a little naïve.

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In L.A., heavy is the head that wears the crown.

LA Kings

Betty Grable used to live on my block in L.A. While I’m not sure if Ms. Grable ever got a parking ticket after forgetting to move her Packard by 8 a.m. Wednesday for street sweeping, her career does illuminate some other fickle aspects of Hollywood culture. Grable’s mother lied about her daughter’s age to get the 12-year-old actress her first role – in blackface – in 1929’s Happy Days. Grable’s last role might have been in Joseph Mankiewicz’s 1956 screen adaptation of Guys and Dolls, had she not skipped a meeting with producer Sam Goldwyn because her dog hurt its paw; the part of Adelaide went to Vivian Blaine instead. Grable never again graced the silver screen and died in 1973.

The usual Hollywood rules rarely apply to Los Angeles’ entry in the National Hockey League. Read the rest of this entry »

Fox, Bure bring new meaning to ‘vintage hockey’

Wine

Tim Horton, the legendary Maple Leafs defenseman, is indisputably the most famous name associated with both hockey and cuisine. As long as a sugary doughnut and hot cup of coffee are enough to quench the bitter chill of a Canadian morning, that isn’t likely to change.

For Jim Fox, Valeri Bure and Wayne Gretzky, that’s OK. Their post-playing passion runs more epicurean than everyman.

The three are believed to be the only retired NHL players who are actively involved in the winemaking business.

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