Top 5

Devin Setoguchi

Of the seven active professional hockey arenas in California (NHL and ECHL), Minnesota Wild right wing Devin Setoguchi has played in six. He ranks his Top 5:


  1. HP Pavilion (San Jose)

  2. Staples Center (Los Angeles)

  3. Citizens Business Bank Arena (Ontario)

  4. Cow Palace (Daly City)

  5. Honda Center (Anaheim)

NHL Confidential

Brad RichardsonVancouver Canucks forward 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."

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For two hours today, I didn’t miss the NHL.

Like some of you, I watched my first KHL game today.KHL

Praha Lev was playing Dynamo Moscow. ESPN2 was airing the game for some reason — because it can, I suppose. Alex Ovechkin, Zdeno Chara, Marian Hossa and a few other former/fringe NHLers whose names I recognized were playing. Two were named Juraj Mikus, so I only give myself half credit there, but so far the KHL has done a pretty good job of keeping Europe’s best league free of expat NHLers. Barry Melrose was the color commentator. You’d be wrong if you said this was unwatchable.

In fact, for a couple hours this afternoon, I didn’t miss hockey. If ESPN2’s sole purpose for televising this game was so that I would end up writing that sentence and scaring the crap out of Gary Bettman, Bill Daly, Jeremy Jacobs, et. al., it succeeded.

To that end, here are five things I discovered I liked about the KHL.
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The NHL’s 10 Most Old School Players

Kevin Dineen's nose

Kevin Dineen's legendary old-school nose. Photo by Dan Hickling.

The old-school hockey player is an endangered species. He still lurks around the rink, delivering a bone-jarring hit every now and then, but he’s wary and gun-shy as the threat of extinction looms each shift. He’s looking over his shoulder, hoping his checking victim is OK, hoping the referee’s hand isn’t raised, because all it takes is one Brendan Shanahan video and the old-school style disappears forever.

Sigh.

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