Every NHL city has its idiosyncrasies, be it fast ice or fast food or fast women. The sooner a visiting player picks up on them, the better off he'll be. Here are travel tips for each of the 30 stops in the league
Cowboys, a cigar-and-shooters bar with waitresses who could pass for dallas cheerleaders, is a place where many an out-of-town player has lost his focus.
Bring speed skates and be to fly. This is the fastest ice in the NHL.
The most gorgeous city in North America is one stop players don't seem to mind, especially when feasting at the Salmon House on the Hill.
An oasis in a barren downtown is O.J.'s (short for Original Joe's, not Simpson), a family-style Italian restaurant that's open till 1:30 a.m. and treats the players well.
Rock-a-bye baby.... The fans' scarcity—and lack of interest—makes playing in the Arrowhead Pond a snooze.
The visitors' bench is so short that the backup goaltender must sit on a stool in the stands behind the goal.
Jack Nicholson won't be there, but don't get beat while staring at Cuba Gooding Jr. or Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath, who are regulars at rinkside.
ST. PAUL ( MINNESOTA)
Players usually avoid dining in their hotels, but the exception is the St. Paul Hotel, where almost all NHL teams stay. The St. Paul Grill is top drawer.
Players are advised to watch their step: The police can't break up fights on the ice, but they do write summonses for jaywalking.