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Hockey is where Canada’s heart beats

The Great One. The Rocket. The Kraut Line. The French Connection. The Forum. The Garden. The Canadian lexicon probably contains more references to hockey than any other cultural institution. Even the former $5 bill displayed a hockey scene–a young boy playing shinny, accompanied by a quote from Roch Carrier’s timeless classic “The Hockey Sweater.”

Viceroy Park View

Comfortable meets distinguished at Viceroy Hotel, New York City

For ten years now I have been writing about hotels for The Gate and for newspaper travel pages, in addition to my last book. I have been in about as many hotels as the Gideon Bible and given that I have formed very definite, almost subconscious ways of determining if I am digging a hotel I am in–and that usually begins immediately with the way I am treated on my first approach to the front desk for check in.