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Seats for live games?

In January, I'm going to my first live NHL game in about 6 years. I'll be seeing my team for the first time in even longer. Where do I want to sit?

I'm really lucky right now - I can afford pretty much any non-luxury-suite-pair in the building, and there are tickets available in almost every section. I have my own ideas about what the best seats are, but I'm curious about other hockey fans - if you could have any seats for your first NHL game in 6 years, which seats would you want?

Be as specific as you like - which level, section and seat(s) would you want to watch that game from?
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Forgive my American ignorance. (Or if this has been asked before)

But, what does the red circle thing that coaches and announcers (mostly Canadian, but I've seen some US based coaches/announcers) wear on their jackets represent?

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Modano Retires

Mike Modano, the highest-scoring U.S.-born player in NHL history, formally announced his retirement today, after 21 seasons.

Modano spent 20 of those 21 seasons with the Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars franchise.

After a long opening recitation of his career accomplishments by Stars broadcaster Ralph Strangis and a highlight video, GM Joe Nieuwendyk presented Modano with one final Stars contract for him to sign -- a one-year deal valued at $999,999, a reflection of the No. 9 he made famous -- and a Stars jersey.

"You wonder what this day would be like and it feels pretty overwhelming," Modano said, fighting back tears. "I look back at 21 years with one franchise and I think that's what made me the most proud of anything."

The first pick of the 1988 Entry Draft, Modano's name is all over the Stars' record book. He's the franchise's all-time leader in a number of categories, including games played (1,459), goals (557), assists (802) and points (1,359). He's also the franchise's all-time leading playoff scorer, with 145 points in a club-high 174 games.

He's also the all-time leader among U.S.-born players in goals (561) and points (1,374).

More tragedy strikes hockey

This time in the KHL:
"A Russian jet carrying a top local ice hockey team crashed while taking off Wednesday in western Russia, killing 36 people and leaving one critically injured, officials said.
The ministry said the plane was carrying the Lokomotiv ice hockey team from Yaroslavl."

This is just horrible.

Wait, what?

The city of Vancouver is blaming the NHL for not having an anti-riot strategy:
“In spite of four Stanley Cup riots in the last five years, [the NHL] has no approach, no policy and no apparent strategy to work with host franchises and municipalities on this issue..."

I'm trying to figure out how I missed these other three riots that apparently occurred in the last five years. I hadn't heard of any in Anaheim, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Ottawa or Philadelphia, and I know there weren't any in Pittsburgh, either in 2008 or 2009. That covers every city that has won or lost in the Cup Finals in the past five years. So where were there riots?