DENVER ( COLORADO)
LoDo is acclaimed by players as the best downtown in the league, and their favorite hangout is the ChopHouse.
The most flexible boards and glass in the league make bodychecks easier to take.
When it's cold outside (and it usually is), most visiting teams warm up at Anchor Bar, home of the original hot wings.
In the hockey capital of the world players are often distracted by ticket requests (most families and friends of Canadian players either live in or like to visit this city) and by equipment reps, many of whom are based here.
Rookies, bring your bathrobes. The visiting dressing room at the Joe is so small that some players traipse down the hall to another changing area to put on their civvies.
Visitors, beware red-meat overload. Many clubs don't hold their team dinner until they hit the Windy City so that this once-a-season ritual can take place at Morton's steak house.
About one quarter of the visitors' bench extends into the attacking zone. A player sitting at that end can easily put his team off-sides when changing on the fly.
The liveliest end boards in the league. Shoot wide and the ricocheting puck can either give a club a fluky rebound or rocket out of the zone, leading to an odd-man rush.
Don't forget to bring your earplugs. The only NHL arena in which live, loud bands play during intermissions.
With only one access road (Route 417) to the Corel Centre, traffic to the out-of-the-way suburban arena is brutal. Some teams even cancel the morning skate to avoid the hassle.