A common theme lately among the hockey blogs concerns good hockey bars. While St. Paul has a number of nice pubs located around the Xcel Energy Center, none really strike me as a "hockey bar" except for Tom Reid's Hockey City Pub. Tom Reid played for the North Stars for a number of years and later went on to do some TV for the Stars as well as some radio for the Wild and now he likes to eat buffalo wings. The bartenders there know how to pour a Guinness and the food is the typical hockey-watching fare of wings, burgers and nachos.
Before the Wild had begun play about 7 years ago I went there to watch a Stanley Cup playoff game and ended up sitting a table away from John Davidson and Reid, who were in an intense discussion of Andy Van Hellemond. After the night was over it was clear to me that (1) Davidson wasn't the referee's biggest fan and (2) he could win a wing-eating contest easily if he applied himself.