NHL Confidential

Travis Mathew

Travis Mathew

Travis 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.

Simon Gagne

Simon Gagne

Los Angeles Kings left wing Simon Gagne recommends Bern’s Steak House in Tampa Bay, which was named the Best Steak House in America by Every Day With Rachael Ray in 2009. “The wine cellar,” he said, “is the biggest in the state.”

Mike Richards

Mike Richards

Lake 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.

Brad Richardson

Brad Richardson

Los Angeles Kings center Brad Richardson, formerly of the Colorado Avalanche, recommends John Elway’s restaurant in suburban Denver. “It’s the best prime rib I’ve ever had,” Richardson says. “Have it with the creamed corn.”

Willie Mitchell

Willie Mitchell

Los Angeles Kings 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.”

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