A good sports bar isn't just a place to watch a sporting event — it's a place to feel like a part of one. Tom Reid's Hockey City is more or less entirely dedicated to the most popular team sport in St. Paul, and with its Wild/tourney season proximity to the Xcel Center, the bar is practically a hockey pilgrimage site. Founded by the Ontario-born North Stars veteran defenseman, Hockey City is something of a hockey museum-slash-Canadian embassy, where you can nosh on colossal portions of poutine while seated beneath a North Stars goalie uniform or the collected signatures of the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" team. Even when the skates are put away for the season, it's one of the best bars in downtown St. Paul to catch a Twins or Vikings game — or any other number of events being broadcast on one of the 19 screens. But it's winter where this bar's heart lies, and all the hard-checking, power-playing thrills that go along with it.