My Top Five | Kevin Klein

Birthday boy Kevin Klein offers up the perfect recipe for a tasty dinner, from a traditional main course to a must-have dessert.

If you need a few ideas for a crowd-pleasing Christmas feast this year, Kevin Klein has some festive suggestions for you.

The New York Rangers defenceman, who is celebrating a birthday today, offers up the perfect recipe for a tasty dinner, from a traditional main course to a must-have dessert.

Klein, who is 32 today, is zeroing in on 600 NHL regular season games. Traded from Nashville to New York on January 22, 2014, the defenceman garnered plenty of attention after losing part of his ear in a game on December 8, 2014. He received 13 stitches after taking a high stick in the first period, returned in the second, and then scored the game-winning goal in overtime.

Said head coach Alan Vigneault after the game: “Say what you want about hockey players, they are tough SOBs.”

KEVIN KLEIN’S TOP 5 CHRISTMAS SIDES

1. Homemade apple pie with ice cream

“My mother is a very good baker!”

2. Turkey with gravy

“It’s the classic Christmas dinner.”

3. Mashed potatoes

“Make sure that you don’t forget the gravy.”

4. Stuffing

“You definitely can’t have turkey without the stuffing.”

5. Egg nog

“It’s a great treat because it’s comes out once a year at Christmas.”