My Top 5 | Chris Thorburn

Which NHL building saw the Winnipeg Jets veteran in stitches, literally? Which Original Six building tops his list of road places to play at? The 33-year-old winger, who’s closing in on 720 NHL regular season games played, goes coast-to-coast in this week’s edition of My Top 5.

Which NHL building saw the Winnipeg Jets veteran in stitches, literally? Which Original Six building tops his list of road places to play at? The 33-year-old winger, who’s closing in on 720 NHL regular season games played, goes coast-to-coast in this week’s edition of My Top 5.

“There’s a lot of great buildings you get to play in, but these are the ones I’d take as my Top 5 picks.”

My Top 5: Chris Thorburn

1. Windy City:

“I’ve always loved the atmosphere when you play in Chicago. Everything about the experience is great. It would be tops on my list.”

2. Does this ring a ‘Bell?’:

“I really enjoy the opportunity to play in Montreal, pretty much for the same reasons as Chicago. Everything about it is just phenomenal.”

3. Big Apple:

“I like any chance we get to play at Madison Square Garden. I’m not a tourist guy, but I love getting out and seeing everything New York City has to offer. I was able to visit the Freedom Tower and it was very humbling. It was actually quite emotional, to be honest. From the restaurants to the shopping, New York is a really fascinating place.”

4. Can he feel the love?:

“The fans are so passionate about their hockey. I remember one time, (former NHL star) Daniel Briere cut me for 27 stitches and as I’m walking off to get repairs, this young Flyers fan starts chirping me. I thought, ‘Are you kidding me?’ It was pretty funny. I guess you can say that was my version of experiencing the City of Brotherly Love.”

5. Going Hollywood:

“Los Angeles is such a different lifestyle. I grew up in Sault Ste. Marie (Ontario) and it couldn’t be more different. The way people dress – I could people watch forever when I’m there. It’s also cool when you know there are actors, actresses and musicians at the games.”