IT'S ALL MINE
Jason Allison's summer place: his own isle in Ontario
No man is an island, but in the pursuit of summer solitude it doesn't hurt to own one. Three years ago Los Angeles Kings center Jason Allison plunked down $2 million for Reef Island, five acres of birch-and oak-studded forest rising out of Lake Joseph, 100 miles north of Toronto. Allison razed the island's 75-year-old cottage, and last year he and his wife, Christine, and their two young children opened their new summer compound: a 4,800-square-foot clapboard house with seven bedrooms and lake views from boathouse with guest quarters; a sandy beach and several decks overlooking the crystalline water; and nearly a mile of trails that wind through the wilderness to a basketball court and a batting cage.
Lake Joe, as it's known, is among the largest of the 1,600 lakes that glisten in the Muskoka region, cabin country for Canada's rich and famous since the 1910s. Over the last two decades putting up NHL stars for the summer has become Muskoka's cottage industry. Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman and Hurricanes wing Jeff O'Neill are among the other players who summer on Lake Joe.
"I wasn't looking for an island." Allison says, "but when I saw this place, I felt obligated to buy it. I can't think of a more relaxing spot in North America."
LET'S PLAY CRIBBAGE
Each room or mansion on these two pages belongs to an athlete pictured at left. Match the man and his crib and win...well, nada. You're playing for the joy of the game, not the payoff. Right?
AMENITIES INCLUDE 10 BEDROOMS, CAR SHOWROOM, RECORDING STUDIO AND CIGAR BAR
HAS MUSEUM-QUALITY ART COLLECTION
HOMETHEATER WITH POPCORN MAKER
CAME ROOM, ADJACENT TO HOME GYM, ALSO CONTAINS SALTWATER TANK HOUSING A SHARK
$20 MILLION ESTATE INCLUDES LAKES, HORSE STABLES AND A BOWLINQ ALLEY